It’s Geneva. So, there’s a few announcements of 500s. The 104bhp Twin-Air mentioned previously is showcased (it’s not on the Fiat website yet by the way), and also a super-quick, class leading Abarth.
Launched in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Fiat 500 association with Carlo Abarth with the original 695, the 2014 model year 695 Biposto is under one-tonne in kerb weight (997 kilos), and 187 bhp from the 1.4 litre turbo engine.
With polycarbonate windows, and a titanium roll cage, it’s looking good, and with an impressive price tag to match, at over £30,000.
So, it’s arriving in April 2014. 104bhp instead of 84bhp, and with a sporty upmarket Cult interior trim, this is the car that we were promised over 2 years ago, but never turned up.
Pity, because, due to the Congestion Charge changes in London, it’s no longer a relevant car to anyone who commutes into London.
Some interior changes, including a great upgrade to the instrument panel with the introduction of a TFT screen, what’s not to like.
For younger drivers who crave a very sparky 500, as Autocar suggests in their excellent online review, this is a £700 cheaper option than the base level Abarth, and if the lower powered but still entertaining 84bhp Twin Air is anything to go by, those 20 extras horses will be very entertaining indeed.
Here’s a road test from last year (2013) on the Fiat 500e.
With London’s congestion charge changing so that only, basically, electric cars will qualify if you buy a car now – and if you have an existing Twin Air you are OK if it is registered for Congestion Charge (CC) until 2015 (but not if you were to buy one now, or buy one from someone who had previously had it registered for CC).
With Fiat announcing the 2015 range of 500s and excluding any electric or hybrid option, it’s no longer possible to buy one of these great cars and use it CC free in London.
Crazy? This writer thinks so, especially when the 500e does exist.
Featuring an embossed gold Fiat 500 on a black background with holographic foil on all the chrome trim making it sparkle in the light. The inside is blank so can be used for a multitude of purposes.
The size is 167mm x 118mm (that’s six and five eights by four and five eights in old money) and comes with a gold envelope.
They are £2.20 each, inc postage and packing.
To purchase, please see the post marked ‘How to Buy’ in the Club Shop section.