It looks like the Chrysler Group is taking the “just right” approach with its zesty Italian import. For those who need more power than the 101 ponies offered in the starter model, but don’t feel the need to go the full Abarth route, the 2013 FIAT 500 Turbo should do just fine. It will still pack the same mighty mite of an engine that’s beneath the hood of the 500 Abarth, but with both power output and pricing that splits the difference between the range-topper and the base model.
“We listened to our customers” said Tim Kuniskis, head of the FIAT Brand in North America. “The new FIAT 500 Turbo is the answer to all the fans that loved the style of our Cinquecento but wanted more power and performance for their daily drive. With 135 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque, the Fiat 500 Turbo hits the sweet spot between the regular Cinquecento and the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth. The Fiat 500 Turbo balances and blends the best Italian flavors that our portfolio has to offer, becoming the perfect canvas for customization.”
The 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo is due in dealerships this fall, stickered from $19,500, and you can rest assured that the car benefits from much more than a new engine.