Since its introduction, the Fiat 500 has had an uncanny ability to appeal to shoppers from all socioeconomic classes. It’s a bit classless, in the way it’ll fit right in whether it’s parked in a high-end valet lot, or the parking lot of the value club. The 500C droptop version ratchets up that appeal even further, with the Abarth adding a bit of cheeky high-performance flair to the equation. So how does the mightiest-mite 500C Abarth measure up as a driver’s car?
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For American shoppers unfamiliar with the Fiat brand other than since the company’s recent re-entrance into this market, the newly released 500L crossover might seem like a bit of a departure from the norm. But, if you cast your eye toward the Continent, you’ll notice a history peppered with such vehicles – even before the term “crossover” was applied to cars. The 500L officially replaces the Idea, a mini MPV with sliding rear seats and a tidy, if generic, profile. Spiritually, though, the 500L sticks closer in character to the Multipla compact MPV and the 600 Multipla variant of the 1960s to which the newer model can ascribe its name.
UPDATE: The full 49 image set of the 2013 Dodge Dart has been added.
This week, Chrysler released two teaser images of the upcoming replacement for the underachieving Dodge Caliber. Behold the 2013 Dodge Dart.
Well, behold the 2013 Dodge Dart as it would appear in Forza 4 or Gran Turismo 5, that is. What you’re looking at are screen captures of a computer model, obviously, so take them with a grain or two of salt, but what we see here are some nice contemporary design cues combined with some nice touches from the current Dodge lineup. A glance at the rear end reveals the same LED light pipe style lamps which Chrysler recently revived for the refreshed Charger. Up front, we get headlights reminiscent of newer Volkswagen and GM designs, and the trademark crosshair grille is looking pleasantly svelte compared to the enormous, truck-inspired maws featured on many Dodge vehicles over the last few years. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long for the real thing. The full debut will take place in January at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Underneath, it’s an Alfa — a Giulietta, to be precise. That should be good news from a chassis perspective, as it should mean carry-over IRS and other goodies. The outgoing compact may have been competent transportation appliance on a fundamental level, but even in SRT guise, it was never a dynamic front-runner. Motivation comes from three new engine options. Two are based on the “Tigershark” architecture (which may be the best engineering moniker this side of Ford’s V8 engine programs), one a 2.0L and the other a 2.4L, both naturally aspirated. The third option will be the 1.4L, turbocharged MultiAir engine that will make its U.S. debut in the Fiat 500 Abarth fairly soon here.
There’s not much else to say until we get a chance to drive it. The full press release and 49 image photo gallery is pasted below the break if you want the deets.
Stock photos courtesy of Chrysler Group Media Relations
Back in January, we brought you a first drive of the 2012 Fiat 500, which we found to be a respectable cute-commuter entry in the subcompact market. Since then, Fiat’s studios (their word for dealerships) have been popping up left and right, and to further augment their product lineup after a 27-year hiatus in the United States, they’ve brought out their first Cinquecento variant, the Cabrio–or in Fiat’s own shorthand, the 500c.
Don’t call it a “Five Hundred.” It’s a Cinquecento. After a 27-year absence, Fiat has returned to the largest auto market in the world with a heritage nameplate on a subcompact that packs some serious style and a whole lot of substance. SSL crossed the country to check out Chrysler’s new compact standard-bearer in sunny southern California, and left quite impressed with the little car that proves that premium styling and performance don’t have to come with a premium price.
Earlier this week, the Chrysler Communications blog ran a piece that we all knew was coming, but few true enthusiasts wanted to see. The Dodge Viper SRT-10 Final Edition is here. It’s bittersweet, to be sure, the end of the line for the consummate American two-seater. Apologies to the boys and girls down in Bowling Green, but no other vehicle embodies the history of American sports car racing the way the Viper does–the biggest engine in the smallest car with the fewest frills. It’s a legacy that goes back to the days before closed circuits and seat belts.
And for the first time in nearly twenty years, the world will be without it.