The 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo Is Hilarious Amounts Of Fun

2013 Fiat 500 TurboI have been a fan of the new Fiat 500 ever since it was launched, initially just in Europe, but thankfully made its way across the Atlantic soon after.

The only engine available at the time of its North American launch was a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder unit that produced 101 hp. While this engine is OK, it is not exciting, not the least bit. What this model needed was a boost. Fiat did that when they introduced the Abarth version. While the engine size remained the same, the Abarth version had a turbo-charger that increased power to 160 hp. That grunt is certainly welcome, but these models are a bit on the pricey side.

So what Fiat did was to introduce an in-between model, and that is where the 2013MY 500 Turbo comes in. This has the same motor as the Abarth, but with a detuned turbo charger, but you still get 135 hp and 150 lb/ft of torque.

Considering there is only 1,124 kg to move about, this Turbo model is seriously exciting to drive.2013-fiat-500-turbo-shifter-nfwp Use its five-speed manual gearbox properly (no auto offered with this model) and you will get from 0-100 km/h in about 8-seconds. It feels much faster than that actually.

Then there is the handling. It is an old cliche to describe a good cars handling as, “it handles like it’s on rails,” but in the case of this 500 Turbo, it is actually true.

I have driven cars that cost four times as much as this vehicle and aren’t this much fun to drive. So, with a starting price of just $17,495 (in Canada)- it is a stunning deal. It also only drank 7.2-liters/100km in my week, which was full of spirited driving.

Any flaws? Yes, I had to give it back after a week.

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