• Sep 11th 2006 at 2:06PM
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Fiat is releasing a slightly pumped-up version of its cuddly Panda mini at the Paris auto show, and we're liking what we see. The Fiat Panda Sport gets a snazzy visual makover by Abarth that includes honeycomb grilles, a more muscular front bbmper, new rocker panels, painted seven-spoke wheels, and red brake calipers. Underhood, the car's 1.4L 4-cylinder makes 100 horsepower (up from 94). That's good for a 9.6-second 0-62 mph time, which is more than enough zip for the European urban environments the fuzzy little Fiat is likely to find itself in.

As for us, we dig this perky Panda even more than the limited-edition Panda Monster 4x4. If we lived in Europe, we'd take one of each. Why can't we have small cars this cool?

Update: Interior shot added after the jump.

[Source: FIAT]
Fiat Panda Sport 100HP

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Somehow Detroit doesn't think we 'deserve' them. Guys like Lutz want us to stay stuck in the 60's: a place where they, Detroit, are comfortable.

      j i m
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wasnt aware that Detroit was some how in control Fiat. Thanks for the update jim. But now we all understand that you deserve this car, just please make sure you merge behind us when getting on the freeways.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Lived in England for awhile. Tried to lease a Honda Jazz, got denied by Honda Finance so walked accross the street to the Fiat dealership. We leased a lime green air con. Best vehicle I've ever owned.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks nice, but why it is called Panda Sport ?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Fiat Panda MADE IN POLAND!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just ordered the Panda 100hp for delivery this month. Had two test drives in it just to make sure. This car will replace my 2004 Nissan Micra SX which I enjoyed for two years. As my city runaround the Panda will share its' stable with my other weekend toy - and ALFA Romeo GTV 3.0 litre V6 - so they should compliment each other well.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Oooh! 100 HP, I'm impressed! Not.

      Once it develops 200+ HP with the four-wheel-drive system, has 16" rims and front and rear stablizer bars, then I'll be interested.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Such cars don't need 200 HP due to their relatively light body structure. My Scion XB handles itself just fine with it's 103 HP powerplant and 5 speed manual. A turbo that might add 30-40 HP couldn't hurt, but 200 HP is a bit unpractical.
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