• Oct 11, 2006

Fiat's launch of the chic retro 500 supermini, scheduled for late next year, is bound to be at least as successful as BMW's revival of the MINI. The original iconic Cinquocente didn't have much power, but that doesn't stop Michael Schumacher from driving one. (Nor did it stop Luigi from stacking his tires in Cars.) The new 500 should follow the same formula and draw on Fiat's expertise with small cars. And although it has not been officially confirmed, Fiat execs have quietly nodded , a convertible version is in the works, and our British mates over at Auto Express have got a couple of computer renderings showing what the drop-top 500 will look like.

Wisely, the 500 barchetta won't try to crowd rear seats in with the convertible top and a useable trunk in the small package. For the same reasons, the convertible 500 is not expected to use a folding tin roof, going with a cloth top instead. Otherwise the drop-top should carry over the same features from its fixed-roof sibling. Don't expect a lot of power, but the diminutive car won't need it. 1.1 and 1.2 liter fours will be offered at the 500's launch, along with a 1.3-liter Multijet diesel, expected to be joined later by the zesty Abarth version with either a 1.4-liter turbo or 1.6-liter turbodiesel. Buyers can also expect a broad range of personalization options inside and out.

Fiat doesn't sell in the North American market, but we wouldn't be surprised to see a small firm importing the 500 on a more limited basis – Hollywood's gonna want a piece of this.

[Source: Auto Express]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      i love the design of the new fiat 500, i've just been on their website (http://www.fiat500.com) and there's no sign of a cabrio version. but hey if they are really gonna make it happen, 500 will be the coolest car ever !!!
      warren m
      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks like a Nissan Micra CC. Way too angular to capture the cuteness of the original 500. That rear bumper looks like it's been stolen from a Mini.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i love the design of the new fiat 500, i've just been on their website (http://www.fiat500.com) and there's no sign of a cabrio version. but hey if they are really gonna make it happen, 500 will be like the coolest car on earth i think :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Those tail lights look like they came straight from a last gen Hyundai Elantra.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think that's a quick&dirty photoshop-job made based on the spy shot of the disguised car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      what the heck is cinquocente?
      the quality of posts on this site continues to decline. it's "cinquecento".
      • 8 Years Ago
      A classic/collector car book I have shows a Fiat 500 BASED convertible that was built in small numbers (under 10,000 were sold) in the early '60s. It was marketed by Autobianchi (which by then was owned by Fiat) and NEVER sold as a Fiat. I guess that was while Fiat still considered themselves just an economy car manufacturer.
      As a cheap convertible, this probably had the market to itself in the '60s and will in the future...if and when built.