Aug 17th, 2012 by Ross Edwards
The Fiat 500 will get a Turbo model to slot between the base 500 and the 500 high performance Abarth. For customers that don’t want the full sports car treatment that comes with the Abarth, and need more power than the sad-for-2012 100-hp that comes with the base Abarth, the Turbo will give you exactly the compromise you want. The 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo will start at $19,500.
The 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo will have a turbocharged version of the 1.4-liter MultiAir engine with a turbocharger bringing power up to 135-hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. The 500 Turbo will only be available with a manual transmission, so obviously Fiat isn’t designing the Turbo for the average Fiat 500 buyer looking for a top-of-the-line model, but as a lower-priced performance option. Buyers who can’t afford the Fiat 500 Abarth’s $22,000 starting price will have the 500 Turbo as a lower priced, and less obvious, alternative.
The Fiat 500 Turbo will also get a sport suspension, upgraded brakes and new front and side body kits (the same front as the 500 Abarth, presumably to fit the intercooler). The 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo will also get an available Beats by Dr. Dre stereo upgrade and new interior parts fort hose who aren’t completely performance obsessed.