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Tales of the unexpected: Fiat 500

28/03/2014 14:31

Tales of the unexpected: Fiat 500Tales of the unexpected: Fiat 500

In 2007, Fiat decided to go back to its roots with the release of a model that made the brand so iconic in its early years.

Although alternative versions of the car have been released under the manufacturer - see the Cinquecento - none quite matched the image and joy the original Fiat 500 exuded during its production period between 1957 and 1975.

The original dinky little motor is still a mainstay on many a street in Italy, but it was rare to find one of them on UK shores.

However, after a facelift and modern redesign, the 500 made its triumphant return to the market to challenge the small city-car sector.

Since then it has gone from strength to strength, with a variety of model types offering their own unique styling and features. 

With retro being all the rage, the Fiat 500 and its siblings are popular additions to the family and are sure to be one of the brand's most desired models for years to come.

The latest edition of the car comes with the new TwinAir engine. Combined with a six-speed manual gearbox, the 0.9-litre creation delivers 105hp at 5,500rpm in addition to 145Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm when set to Sport mode. 

This equates to an impressive top speed of 117mph and a 0-62mph time of ten seconds. All this is achieved while producing just 99g/km of CO2 and delivering 67mpg. 

It also features a range of new tech, including a seven-inch TFT screen which allows customers to select the driving mode, access the satellite navigation system and take advantage of a host of media options. 

Furthermore, it comes with the Start&Stop engine feature, allowing for increased fuel saving when out and about - especially in built-up areas. 

With Fiat evolving over the years, few anticipated it would hark back to previous designs for the future. However, the 500 has proved to be a remarkable success. 

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