2013 Fiat 500e (Electric) - US$ 32,500 or US$ 199 Per Month (in California)
Priced at $32,500 MSRP with no help from the state/federal government, Fiat says that for those who are “eligible”, the price can drop as low as $20,500 after federal credits, state incentives and FIAT rebates are included.
Alternatively, Californian residents can lease the car for $199 per month for 36 months. Still, a $999 down payment is required for the latter.
The 500e has an EPA-certified range of 87 miles, or 139 km, which Fiat says is “best-in-class and better than all U.S.-market all-electric vehicles produced by high-volume manufacturers.”
The study is built around the rolling cloth top version of the Italian mini that Fiat calls the 500c, fully accessorized by Mopar.
Some of the key elements of the concept include the wide body kit that pushes all four wheels several inches out, the matte exterior paint combined with aluminum and chrome accents for the mirrors, bumper strips and what looks like a chin spoiler, the red wheels and roof rack equipped with a surfboard.
The Fiat Group is once again upping the customization game for its Abarth brand with the launch of the new “Fuori Serie” programme.
The Italian company added that from now on, only models of the Fuore Series will get the 178Hp (180PS) power tuning and feature the exclusive 695 brand.
To help customers in their selections, Abarth has created two collections, one for the liveries and exterior colors, and the other for special materials and trim levels, such as carbon finishes, dedicated personalization plates and technology accessories like the Harman’s JBL audio system.
To give us an idea of what clients of the brand can achieve through this new program, Abarth will showcase a 695 (the aforementioned 178Hp version of the 500 mini) dressed in a livery inspired by the Fiat Abarth 131 Mirafiori “Olio Fiat” rally car of the late 1970s.
Abarth added the current collection of exterior liveries is inspired “by the cars that have written the brand’s history” such as the Fiat 750 Record, 124 Sanremo and X19 prototype, and that they have been reinterpreted with new materials and finishes.
The Street model is offered with a choice of three engines including the 1.2-liter and 0.9-liter MultiAir petrols and a 1.3-liter MultiJet 2 diesel and five colors named Bossanova White, Pasodoble Red, Crossover Black, Electroclash Grey and Matt Black.
In Britain, OTR prices start at £11,360 for the 1.2, £12,760 for the 0.9 TwinAir and £13,760 for 1.3 diesels.
According to the Italians, the Street models cost £1400 more than the respective 500 Pop variants, while featuring £1800 worth of extra equipment including air conditioning, sports seats, 16-inch alloy wheels, Blue&Me infotainment, leather steering wheel with radio controls, and rear spoiler.
The 500 Turbo will go on sale in the United States this fall with an MSRP of $19,500 (€15800), or $2,500 less than the Abarth 500 that starts at $22,000. Keep in mind that all prices exclude a $700 destination charge.
Under the hood, it packs a de-tuned version of the Abarth’s 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged inline-four gasoline engine rated at 135 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of peak torque, delivered to the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox.
Other performance enhancements over the regular 500 include a brake system with semi-metallic brake linings at all four corners, larger 11.1-inch ventilated front rotors for greater stopping power, a unique lower control arm and the 500 Sport model’s sport-tuned spring rates, shock tuning and steering calibration.
A sports exhaust system for a throatier sound is also included.
On the outside, the 500 Turbo features a more pronounced front fascia that’s pushed 2.7 inches forward to accommodate the turbo engine, a new front bumper with larger air vents, blacked out head- and tail-lamps, a different rear bumper with air vents and a diffuser, side skirts, and a roof spoiler.
The chromed exhaust pipe and the 16-inch wheels housing red-colored brake calipers complete the look.
As for the interior, the 500 Turbo gets sports seats, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel accented with Argento (silver) stitching, and a new Beats by Dr. Dre audio system that includes six premium speakers, an 8-inch dual-voice coil (DVC) subwoofer with trunk-mounted enclosure and eight-channel 368-watt amplifier with Beats Audio digital sound processing (DSP) algorithm.