Definition of TURBOCHARGED
tur·bo·charged adjective \-ˌchärjd\
1: equipped with a turbocharger
2: supercharged, especially with energy, vitality, or tension
Seduced by the styling of the little Italian 500, but prefer a bit more performance? Well FIAT has just what you need, and the wait will be over soon, as the 500 Turbo will be arriving at Safford FIAT of Fredericksburg any day now.
The 2013 500 Turbo, that delivers some of the high-performance of Abarth’s sporty attitude while maintaining the strong value proposition of the base 500 is the newest member of our FIAT family. With a base price under $20,000, the Fiat 500 Turbo delivers 34% more hp than the FIAT Pop, sportier suspension and brakes, and styling tweaks inside and out. The 500 Turbo is also the first Fiat to offer the 368-watt Beats by Dr. Dre audio system. The six-speaker unit includes an 8-inch subwoofer and an 8-channel amplifier with Beats Audio digital sound processing.
The equipment upgrades start under the hood, where the 1.4-liter MultiAir engine benefits from turbocharging. The output is not as robust as the 500 Abarth’s – the 500T hits the sweet spot between the 500 Sport and Abarth models. The turbocharged 4-cylinder produces its own respectable 135 hp–34% more than the engine in the base 500–and 150 lb-ft torque, a bump of 53% over the base engine. A sport-tuned exhaust contributes to the bump in power.
Sportier equipment is not limited to the powerplant, though. Brakes are performance-grade, with larger rotors and semi-metallic brake linings all around. The suspension is performance-tuned too, with spring rates and damper tuning matching the 500 Sport.
Differentiating the 500 Turbo from more ordinary models are a host of styling tweaks. The revised front fascia extends further forward to accommodate the extra equipment under the hood, and air inlets in the lower grille area feed the twin intercoolers. The rear fascia includes a diffuser, while a spoiler at the top of the rear hatch improves aerodynamics. Gloss black replaces chrome for the headlight and tail light bezels. Exclusive, 16-inch wheels have black-painted pockets to match, and behind them, brake calipers are finished in red.
Inside, the 500 Turbo’s performance personality continues, with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob with contrasting gray stitching. Customers can choose standard gray/black sport-style seats or optional red/black or black/black heated leather seats. And keeping with FIAT’s love for customizing, the options for performance parts and accessories will remain true to the brand’s theme.
A starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $19,500 means the 500 Turbo reflects a balance between price and performance. Tim Kuniskis, head of the FIAT brand for North America, says the 500 Turbo is just what customers are looking for.
“We listened to our customers,” said Kuniskis. “The new FIAT 500 Turbo is the answer to all the fans that loved the style of our Cinquecento but wanted more power and performance for their daily drive.”
Stop by and see us at Safford Fiat of Fredericksburg to find out how you can add a little ‘vitality and energy’ to your daily drive, or give us a call at 540 898 7200. After all…a little supercharge never hurt anyone, now did it?
4535 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA
540 898 7200 / 800 904 4977