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The Fiat 500
has proved to be a huge success since first being introduced in 2007. In that time, Fiat
claims that it has sold over 1.2 million units worldwide. For the 2014 model, the Italians are celebrating with a new top-spec version called the 500 Cult at the Geneva Motor Show
, but it likely will be limited to the European market.
The Cult is available as both a hatchback and convertible and each receive their own, unique color. The coupe is available in a light mint green called Lattementa Green that recalls the 500s from the 1960s, and the convertible is offered in Three-layer White. Both models get gloss black trim around the taillights, and the bumperettes and tailgate handles are finished in chrome. Buyers can choose between black or chrome trim for the door mirrors, both presenting a very retro look.
Inside, the Cult gets standard leather and a dashboard painted the same color as the body. A new 7-inch TFT display sits in the middle of the instrument cluster, which manages the media player, telephone, trip computer and displays warning messages. Automatic climate control and rear parking sensors are standard, and coupes get a sunroof.
These top 500s are available with a full range of engines, including a 95 horsepower 1.3-liter MultiJet II turbodiesel, a 69 hp 1.2-liter petrol engine and 85 hp or 105 hp tunes of the 900cc TwinAir Turbo.
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Filed under: Performance, Geneva Motor Show, Europe, Hatchback, Fiat
The Fiat 500
is supposed to be a budget model - something you can pick up with less than twenty grand to your name. But once Abarth
gets its hands on it, all bets are off. The Scorpion brand is charged with getting the most performance it can out of budget-oriented vehicles like the Cinquecento and Punto, and that's just what it's done with the new 695 Biposto.
Billed as the "fastest street legal Abarth ever" (quickest?) and unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show
, the 695 Biposto packs a 1.4-liter turbo four that's been tuned to produce 190 horsepower - a good thirty more than the already entertaining Fiat 500 Abarth
we get in the United States. With a robust power-to-weight ratio - the highest in its class, according to the Italians - the 695 Biposto can hit 62 miles per hour from a standstill in just 5.9 seconds, more than a second quicker than the US model.
Now if you saw the name Biposto and figured out that means just two seats, you're spot on: in its campaign to trim excess fat, Abarth has ditched the rear bench and replaced the front seats with a set of Sabelt racing buckets with four-point harnesses anchored where the rear seats would be. The fixed plexiglass front side windows do their part, too. It's also been fitted with adjustable shocks, an MXL digital data recorder, a titanium rear roll bar, Brembo brakes and 18-inch OZ alloys.
The result weighs less than a metric ton and serves as a roadgoing midpoint between lesser Abarth hot hatches and the competition-spec 695 Assetto Corse - but sadly, it's one which we're not likely to ever see on American roads. Frankly, we're not sure we'd want to know how much it would cost if it did.
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Abarth 695 Biposto revealed as quickest Fiat 500 yet originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Mar 2014 03:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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