• Jul 5, 2007
click above image to view over 100 high-res pics of the new Fiat 500

The wait is over for Europeans eagerly anticipating the new Fiat 500, which made its debut yesterday on the 50th anniversary of the original, iconic Nuova 500. The new-age version goes on sale immediately and pays homage to its predecessor in glorious retro style. The little Polish-built 3-door will bow with a 1.3L 16-valve turbodiesel good for 75 horses, a 69-horsepower 1.2L 8v four, and a 1.4L 16-valve good for 100 hp. A hopped-up Abarth version is well into development, and will satisfy the enthusiasts who want a little more juice with their new Cinquecento. Word is, we could see that version after 2010. Until then, the cute little bugger will remain an ocean away.

Click the gallery below for a fresh batch of over 100 newly-released official photos of the 500. Sorry for the delay in getting this post up, but we wanted to make sure our gallery included every single shot released by Fiat, which was a big bunch of snaps to gallerize.

[Source: Fiat]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, the "Windows" thing takes care of the music, sat- nav and phone. All hands free and integrated with the sound system. It's very good and has been available on Fiats for a year or so. Fiat designed it with Microsoft and Magnetti Marelli.

      This is a truly great car by the way. Wondereful reports from the press, 5 star NCAP, seven airbags, more room inside than Mini - truly - and a joy to look at and be inside. As for "manly"? This is a car for people who have no issues with their sexuality. Classless and non gender specific. Just sensible fun.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just like the beetle. They copied the look but the spirit is hollow. Front engine....WTF!? They forgot why people liked it in the first place.

      Here is a reminder:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKzULo6R4nc

      • 7 Years Ago
      No, Fiat 500 is finally THERE. In EUrope.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd be interested in having one of these as my daily driver. It'd be a good replacement for my Corolla price-wise, and unlike the Corolla, this car is stylish and has a lot of different appearance options. The puny horsepower worries me though. My Corolla weighs 2200 pounds and has 125 horsepower and is a pain in the ass to drive--it isn't fun in the slightest.

      If it only weighs about 1700 pounds (based on what a guy above me said) then perhaps a 100 horsepower version could be acceptable, but I'd prefer at least 130 or 140... My current zero to 60 time of 10.5 seconds (more or less) is unacceptable even for a daily driver. Get me an 8 second zero to 60 in a Fiat and we'll talk. (I'm ignorant and don't know the actual 0-60 for the new Fiat).

      It'll be interesting to see what develops for us in the US. The colors currently offered are horrible. If I'm going to drive a cute car, I want a nice dark purple with white accents. If you're going to go cute, you can't stop halfway.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hey Colin, thanks for the reply. I didn't know you could receive replies on here, so I was surprised when I saw the email.

        I actually looked at fiat500.com and did the configuration/build your own application and I actually built one I do very much like! It is the light blue color with plenty of chrome accents and a bit of white. I'm surprisingly not disappointed at all now that I built it myself... though the current engines are not to my liking. An Abarth version sounds like a good idea for the US!

        I suppose if I much be nit-picky, and I must, my single disappointment is the fact that you cannot get the stripes on the hood and roof if you choose to have the gray tinted glass roof. Still... I haven't seen a car with this many options. It's great!

        Purple would still be nice, but believe it or not... I'm basically sold on this blue color!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well Brandon,

        The present 0-60 times range from around 12.5 to 9.5, for the 100 bhp. The 12.5 is for the Diesel, but this time deceives because of the torque wallop. Possibly not too fast initially away from the lights, but then - whoosh! Fantastic - and fun. This car is about fun, and economy. But fun in built up European cities and bendy country roads I suppose. Lost on a great plain or on a freeway the little 500 might get a shiver of loneliness. Even the current engines will be able to hold 90 - 110 + all day though. But the big SUVs would have to be kind:))

        The Abarth should drop those times into the sevens, or less if for the 150bhp? And the new two-cylinder should offer 8-9 with stonkingly good fuel consumption.

        As for colours. Well, purple would be interesting, but the metallic white and the light blue are in the spirit of the original, and some of the others, like the orange and the yellow, are funky and cute. The dark red is gorgeous.

        There must be something for you?:(

        Anyway, I hope you get them in the US. You know, you can hum along at 80-90 in one of these perfectly happily, and get really good mileage:))))
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sounds great. I'd love one. Everyone in the states wants 5 second zero-60 times but about 5% probably ever use that much power. Here where I live the only time you need a burst is the on ramps. even then most people poke along at slow speed and do not really speed up until they are already in traffic. I can hear my drivers Ed teacher still, "dont spill my coffee and pretend there is an egg on the gas pedal". So that meant. No fast driving and slow down to a crawl in turns. On the surface streets, people could get away with 5 hp. they crawl up to 30 then have to stop at the next light. That makes for some road rage for those 5% that are trying to make 60mph before the light turns red. Myself, I can live with 12 second zero-60 times. Anything more than that, while I could live with it, i would have to change my driving habits. Millions of people did it with the original VW bug. even at a time when 455 buicks and GTO's were ripping up the road.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I must admit, as an Italian, that I'm truly amazed by this car. Have you seen the spots made for it? They're aimed for italian people, but... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_ySV_ZQB4s

      But there is a reason why I wrote here: Fiat 500 is... a lady. Like every car in italian. "LA Alfa", "LA fiat", "LA BMW"... then: not "Benvenuto!", but "Benvenuta!".
      Italian lessons, on Autoblog.com :D
        • 7 Years Ago
        yes, it's "nuova" 500, not "nuovo" :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Gatto Nero: Is it right to call it Nuova 500? Or is it Nuovo 500? I created Wikipedia's article with the Nuova adjective to differenciate it from the old version, which I saw better than adding "2007". What do you say?
      • 7 Years Ago
      It has an engine at the front for packaging reasons - pretty sensible really. No point in being nostalgic because while a rear mounted engine would get headlines initially, a little way down the line it'd just be annoying, expensive and impractical. Either way, reading the first reviews of the 500, they have been very very positive - each one has been five out of five.

      They say it looks great, drives well, has nippy engines and is very easy to love! As for reliability, its based on the Panda, which has been getting top ten finishes in some satisfaction surveys - so things are looking good for Fiat to me. I'm waiting for the Abarth...
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      :)))))) you call that a car......its more like a box
      • 7 Years Ago
      note: in your title :
      BenventutA : she is a car (female).

      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll pass.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car makes the VW Beetle look 'manly'.
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