• Sep 14, 2010
2011 Fiat 500 Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

Chrysler has officially pulled back the covers on the American version of the Fiat 500 Sport. The pint-sized hatchback will be dueling with the Mini Cooper on our shores in short order, powered by none-other than the Fiat 1.4-liter turbocharged Multiair four-cylinder engine. The Pentastar hasn't released power figures for the American version of the powerplant, nor do we know official fuel economy numbers.

Chrysler says the Fiat 500 will be available starting later this year. Buyers should be able to opt for one of three models initially – Sport, Pop or Lounge – though the company hasn't mentioned what kind of differentiation we'll see between the three. We do know that Sport trim will feature a nifty sunroof, 16-inch alloy wheels and painted brake calipers.

Starting next year, a convertible version of the adorable Italian will make its way to our shores as well. You can find the full press release after the jump.



[Source: Chrysler]

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The Fiat 500 Sport – Arriving Soon to America

September 14, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The reborn and reimagined Fiat 500 is arriving soon to America. Born in Italy, perfectly tailored for America, the Cinquecento is as vibrant and engaging as it is fit and nimble. The Sport model, featured in these images, illustrates Fiat's smart and stylish design aesthetic. Like the original Fiat 500 a half-century ago, the new Cinquecento continues its timeless value while embracing individual expression and opportunity – all infused with world-class craftsmanship.

The Cinquecento offers unique adaptations for the North American market and is designed for individuals who demand that style and fashion can coexist with practicality and functionality. Matching its sport-tuned suspension, the Fiat 500 Sport features athletically styled front and rear fascias with a larger grille and flared aerodynamic treatment. Between its unique 16-inch aluminum wheels with Mineral Gray painted pockets, the Cinquecento incorporates new body-side sill cladding for an enhanced sport appearance.

Completing this athletic vehicle's appearance are Performance Red painted brake calipers, a chromed exhaust tip and gloss black shadow-line window trim. The Fiat 500 Sport also features an available SkyDome power sun roof for an ultra-open view of the world. The Fiat 500 will be also available in the Pop and Lounge models with unique exterior cues and different equipment options.

The world-class 1.4-liter engine with Fiat's state-of-the-art MultiAir™ technology powers the Fiat 500 Sport. MultiAir significantly reduces emissions while improving fuel economy and power delivery by up to 10 percent when compared to similar engines.

The Fiat 500's technology, driving dynamics and interior features have been intelligently adapted for the North American market, and it will offer small-car buyers a stylish, high-value alternative. The all-new Fiat 500 will be available for ordering later this year in the Sport, Pop and Lounge models, followed by the all-new Fiat 500C (cabrio) in the spring of 2011.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Very cute and cheeky.
      • 4 Years Ago
      1) I sure hope an autobox isn't the only transmission offering (though these appear to be aimed at the "lifestyle" [that is, mostly female/non-enthusiast] crowd, so I wouldn't be surprised).
      2) I wouldn't be caught dead driving one of these on the highway... for fear of exactly that.
      3) The Mini isn't as "new," but it still looks better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        100% agree with you ;-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had Honda Civic 1200s, 1973 and 1979 versions. The cars were plenty fast with 4 speed manuals, and I tooled around the northeast for years with these cars. Never had a problem with hills or merging onto expressways. Always felt confident in these cars. My only laments are that they rusted like crazy and had carburettors and old style pointed ignition systems. I replaced the ignition systems with optical electronic ones, but never found a solution for the rust and the carburettors. If I could get these cars today (more rust proof technology) with the hatchback, electronic ignition and fuel injection, that would be it. I would never look for another vehicle again. I am hoping that the Fiat 500 could be that car. However, if they are only going to offer the 1.4L engine, 37.7 mpg (as I read about in Popular Mechanics), why bother. I could buy any number of cars already here in the USA that could get that or better. I want the 46+ mpg version, or, better yet, the 56+ mpg diesel version. Because of the Jar heads over here, though, we probably won't get either one of them. Yet, I bet they'll come out with a 300hp, turbocharged version sooner or later. Ridiculous!
      • 4 Years Ago
      There will be waiting lists......
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like the sunroof is still an option on the Sport. Which is a good thing, since every car that has one is a vehicle I cannot buy (limits the headroom too much).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait for that 4 cyl MultiFail engine to start puking parts.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anyone know if any of the American models have disc brakes all around? Or are we looking at 2 painted (OMG!) discs in the front and drums in the rear?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Where im currently working (Chrysler software contractor), we've had a Fiat 500 in for software testing/ development. I got a chance to look at it and sit in it first-hand and it is a very nice small car. I drive a 2009 Toyota Yaris and the 500 is definitely smaller then the Yaris with room for four. My 2 door Yaris sits 5. Tall passengers are not going to want to sit in the cramped rear seats. Their heads will surely hit the ceiling.

        The one we had here was infact a european model made in Poland and had four wheel disc brakes with 16 inch wheels. It had the non-turbo 1.4L multi air engine. The interior was mismatched and apart because it was under development for Chrysler diagnostic software and hardware. It had the glass roof but i cannot confirm it opened like a traditional sunroof/ moonroof.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cannot wait! (though I must)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I cannot watch. but I must peek

        I'm not sure this car will live up to the hype BUT an Aveo sized, or smaller, car with 135 hp should have plenty of pep. just not sure what price they will try and put on it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Because nothing says "sport" like painted brake calipers...
        • 4 Years Ago
        You need some of these: http://www.calipercover.net/index.php?lay=show&ac=article&Id=325939

        As for the 500, if I didn't drive so much freeway, I'd definitely be interested. I've never been one to be afraid of a car just because "an accident with an SUV will kill you!". Something about little cars like this (Smarts excluded for obvious reasons) are just so fun and as a single young adult, it's hard to argue their practicality.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, JohnnyBimmer, those covers are like putting an M3 badge + skirt on a Corolla. Money can't buy taste.

        As for practicality, this car does look fun+practical, unless you go on trips with bikes/kayaks/gear.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seems like a pretty neutral bit of detailing. I wouldn't mind it but I wouldn't ask for it either.

        This is going to be a great addition to the "premium subcompact" segment of exactly one competitor. Still, until the Abarth variant makes it, I won't genuinely consider one. By that time, an all new Cooper S will be upon us...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey just came back from italy. Drove a 1.3 TDI. I was following an A4 down the autostrada at 197 kmh. And 75 MPG to boot. I told my wife I am getting one. And to the guy who worried about an accident, a big slow SUV is not a concern, you just drive around him. And you know the worst death rate is in an suv cause they roll over. Check out NHTS site for stats. This thing also is grade 5 crash worthy.
        Yeah its little but You come away smilling everytime you drive it. You are driving by yourself most of the time anyway, right!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see a ton of these around san fransico and the bay area, what a beautiful car, mini cooper eat your heart out youre not the only retro euro hatch in the US anymore.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you just made a VW new beetle cry somewhere.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone have any idea what the price is going to be on these?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Edmunds.com shows that they peg the 2011 base model 500 starting at $16,500.

        They also say the 2011 model will debut in Winter 2011 though so they may not be 100% accurate. Unless they count 1Q 2011 as Winter, which I guess is technically correct but odd to state it that way.

        Motortrend has also posted a few tests of 500 in the past few years and they claim $23K for a 500 Abarth which if true would mean that the base 500 would be in the upper teens I'd guess. That, or the Abarth package would be quite a bit more expensive(like the JCW MINI's compared to the normal Cooper S). I'm betting on no less than $15-16k(likely closer to $16k) for a 500 when they get here.

        http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/hatchbacks/112_0907_2009_fiat_500_abarth_review/interior_specs.html
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd guess they'd start it around 13k or 14k. I can't imagine the base being lower than that. On styling and brand image alone, it should slot slightly above Yaris.
        • 4 Years Ago
        oh i know it wont be that low.....not with the dollar being so low right now
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd put my money on $17-18k. 135hp turbo'd engine is quite a bit more than is currently offered by the bottom-of-the-range Yaris / Aveo / Fit / etc. MINI gets away with charging $19k for their base 1.6 non-turbo'd version, so I wouldn't expect it to come in that much less. Now, if they had offered the 100hp version then yes, I'd say it would come in at 13-14k.

        My big question is: 6sp? In Europe the 100hp version is available with the 6sp, but the 135hp (and 160hp) Abarth versions only come with the 5sp.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I compared prices in France for the Abarth, and it's comparable to a fully equiped Fiesta 1.6, so the normal 500 should be cheaper than that hopefully.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In Europe, Fiats are generally known to be quite reliable. The reputation they have for unreliability in the US stems from lack of dealer support or knowledge of Fiats from the 60's and 70's that were actually well engineered cars.
      Geegee Davis
      • 4 Years Ago
      The question is: will my fat butt fit into it????
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