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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Hear The Abarth 500e on The Road!

New Abarth 500e

Take a few minutes to daydream and listen to what the new Abarth 500e sounds like on the road. Quicker than the last generation gas version, the new Abarth 500e promises to be one wicked car. We'll have all the details on this car, so stick around. With any luck, we'll see this car in the US.

Engine sounds start around 3 minute mark, Enjoy!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

New Abarth 500e Launch Video!


New Abarth 500e

The New Abarth 500e full electric made its official debut today, Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022. Watch the launch video below to learn more about this hot new car!

MORE ABARTH THAN EVER Launch Video

 



Thursday, November 17, 2022

Fiat 500e Armani, Kartell and Bulgari Show Cars


For the Fiat 500e press conference being held today at the LA Auto, three one-off show cars were sent from Italy to commemorate the occasion. The vehicles are from the renowned Italian brands Giorgio Armani, Kartell, and Bvlgari. The brands are considered the symbols of Italian excellence and design worldwide. Their collaboration with the 500 is meant to celebrate the arrival of the all-electric 500 and the change it ushers in.

The making of the three show cars are documented here in this video.


The three brands partnered with are considered the top iconic brands in their field and correspond to the three leading facets of the 500-style, creativity, and craftsmanship.   Gorgio Armani was selected for fashion design, Bulgari for craftsmanship, and Kartel for eco-sustainable design.

Each brand created its unique interpretation of the 500 using natural, recycled, and regenerated materials.

The show cars were originally prepared to be shown at the launch of the new Fiat 500e at the 2020 Geneva Motorshow. However, the show was canceled, and the launch moved to Milan and became a televised event.

Eventually, the cars will be auctioned off to support important non-profit organizations for environmental protection. 

Here's a look at each one:


Fiat 500e Giorgio Armani

Fiat 500e Armani


The Giorgio Armani version of the electric 500 captures the Italian elegance of the the brand.




Fiat 500e Armani Hood

 The 500e Armani uses laser technology to etch the car's metal work with exclusive microchevron engraving, giving it the three-dimensional look of an Armani suit fabric. In addition, the car is painted in Armani gray-green "silk effect" paint color. The "GA" logo on the wheels and soft fabric top, and amber-colored glass are the notable exterior changes.

Fiat 500e Armani Dash

Fiat 500e Armani Interior

Fiat 500e Armani Studio


The interior features Poltrona Frau sourced full-grain natural leather in a "greyge" color with microchevron wool bands. In addition, the 500's sculptural dashboard insert is covered with reconstituted open-pore wood layered with thin strips of aluminum inlay,  said to be inspired by the Armani/Casa line.



Fiat Bulgari B.500 "MAI TROPPO"

Fiat Bulgari B.500

The Bvlgari brand is world-renowned for jewelry design and craftsmanship. Their interpretation of the 500 is called B.500 "MAI TROPPO" (never too much). The exterior sheet metal is covered in saffron-colored pearlescent paint made with gold powder salvaged from the jewelry production scraps. Unique moldings, special wheels with the  Bvlgari star logo, and black lacquer with gold trim are also featured. Fittingly, the car has a jeweled badge in polished gold, with a diamond-paved B.500 logo on the side.



Fiat Bulgari B.500 Wheel


Fiat Bulgari B.500 Dash

Fiat Bulgari B.500 Interior

Fiat Bulgari B.500 Rear

 The interior of the B.500 has a dashboard fascia upholstered with heritage Bvlgari silk scarves. The seats are in teal leather with "Diva" pattern embroidery, gold details, and scarf inserts. In addition, three semi-precious stones, amethyst, topaz, and citrine, are placed in a removable brooch in the center of the steering wheel.


Fiat 500e Kartell


Fiat 500e Kartell

The Kartell brand is renowned for Italian industrial design and eco-sustainability. The 500 Kartell's exterior features different types of materials – metal, glass, rubber, sustainable plastic, and fabric in the same color: Kartell blue, derived from Yves Klein blue, the color iconic of the brand. Furthermore, the bodywork surfaces' mirror effects are obtained with environmentally friendly chrome paint. In addition, the brands' logos are made out of sandblasted polycarbonate. 




Fiat 500e Kartell Front

The plastics used are recycled from end-of-life parabolic projectors and are used in the 500 Kartel's front grille, wheels, and mirror caps. These parts were made in the pattern and texture of Kartell's Kabuki lamp, created and developed by the designer Ferruccio Laviani and used as a motif for the car's identity.

Fiat 500e Kartell Interior

Fiat 500e Kartell Mirror

Fiat 500e Kartell Wheel

The Kabuki theme carries over to the interior, with the pattern on the dashboard insert and applied to the seats.

Special attention was paid to the brightness of the interior. The tactile textile plastics used in the interior are 100% recycled polypropylene, and the soft-feel fabrics are made from fully recycled polyester.

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Source and images: Stellantis N.V.

New Fiat 500e Arrives 1st Quarter 2024!

 Fiat 500e Euro Model

Today, Fiat will officially announce that the all-electric Fiat 500e  will arrive on US shores in the first quarter of 2024. At a press conference scheduled today at the 2022 LA Auto Show, Olivier Francois, Fiat CEO and CMO Global of Stellantis, will outline plans for the arrival of the new Fiat 500e. However, today's event is more of an introduction than a debut, as the North American Fiat 500e will be unveiled a year from now at the 2023 LA Auto Show. 

Fiat 500e Armani Kartell and Bvlgari
Fiat 500e Bvlgari, Armani, and Kartell show cars.

On stage at the LA Auto Show will be three one-off 500e European showcar creations done by iconic Italian design houses: Armani, Kartell, and Bvlgari. Each one is said to showcase Italian craftsmanship, creativity, and sophistication.  

Fiat 500e LaPrima Front Logo

Readers of this site are no doubt familiar with the new 500e, but for those who aren't, please follow the links in this article to learn about this exciting car.

New Fiat 500e Preview

Fiat 500 Electric Official Unveiling Video

Fiat 500e Complete Specifications (Euro Version)

Fiat 500 La Prima Edition

The press conference begins at 10:45 PST and can be viewed on the Fiat USA website:



Watch the Fiat 500e Press Conference at the 2022 LA Auto Show



Fiat 500e LaPrima

The New 500e is a Best Seller

The new Fiat 500e was introduced in Europe in 2020 and has become one of the top-selling EV models. The 500e is the number one selling EV in Germany and Italy and in the top three in Spain and France. The Fiat 500e is third in overall EV sales in Europe in the first part of this year. Over 100,000 units have been sold in the past two years.


Euro Fiat 500e La Prima Interior


Sustainable Design, Sustainable Fashion, and Sustainable Luxury

The new 500e differs entirely from the 500 sold in the US between 2011 and 2019. Designed from the start as an EV, the new 500e is slightly larger than the old model and has a more upscale look and feel. Owners of the previous generation car will especially like the upgraded interior and infotainment/connectivity systems, which are considered among the best of its competitors.

The motor used in the 500e is rated at 118 HP and is powered by a 42 kWh lithium-ion battery housed in the floor. Acceleration from 0-100km/h  is listed as 9 seconds. The average range is 320 km  (199 miles) as measured in the WLTP cycle. The 500e's Combo 2 type charging socket is under a filler flap on the right side. It can be charged by alternating current up to 11 kW and continuous up to 85 kW. The battery is charged to 80% in 35 minutes at the 85kW rate, and  Fiat states 5 minutes are enough to give the car an additional 50 km of range when needed.


In the short time the 500e has been on the market, it has won more than 30 international awards in nine countries. In August, for the second year in a row, the 500e won the "Best Small Electric" award by the prestigious What Car? magazine in the UK. 

The new 500e is sold in 38 countries in four different geographical locations: Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and Japan. 

Look for the New 500e at US dealers in the first part of 2024. Stay with Fiat500USA.com for updates and when the order books will be open.  

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Source and images: Fiat USA, Stellantis N.V. 

Monday, November 14, 2022

New Fiat 500 EV Debut at 2022 LA Auto Show

 

Fiat 500e 3+1 La Prima


The new Fiat 500 EV will be revealed at the 2022 LA Auto Show on November 17 at 10:45 AM PST.  We posted back in July preliminary information that the 500 EV would be arriving on our shores. We will have all the details on the exciting new Fiat 500 EV this Thursday so check back!

Discuss this on the Fiat 500 USA Forum

Make sure you bookmark and watch the reveal on the Fiat USA website on Thursday the 17th at 10:45 AM PST:

Fiat USA Website

In the meantime, check out our articles on the new electric Fiat 500 and make sure you visit the Fiat 500 USA Forum for discussions on the 500 EV

New Fiat 500 EV Articles

Fiat 500 EV Specs (Euro Version)

Fiat 500 EV Forum


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Friday, November 4, 2022

2023 Abarth Range Unveiled

2023 Abarth 595 Competizione

2023 Abarth 595 Competizione


For the lucky Europeans, Abarth has unveiled their 2023 Abarth lineup. The new 2023 Abarth model range consists of the 165HP Abarth 595 and a 180HP Abarth 695 series. By 2024, Abarth has pledged to be an all EV company, so this may be the last hurrah of a tuned Abarth exhaust note. 

Below is the full press release for you to enjoy, or lament!

New ABARTH RANGE 2023


  • Create your Abarth in just 3 steps: choose its soul, Turismo or Competizione, color, and fine-tune it with Packs. Simplicity at its best.
  • Making its debut, there is a brand-new Orange Racing livery which comes from the combination of the iconic Abarth colors of red and yellow and was inspired by the racing world and the historic Fiat 131 Racing Volumetrico Abarth.

Configuring your new, thrilling and exclusive Abarth has never been so simple thanks to the brand’s new intuitive and innovative customer experience. The new Abarth range has been streamlined according to the strategy of "simplicity and customer satisfaction".

All it takes is just a few minutes to make your own made-to-measure Abarth, as if it were a tailored Italian suit, based on your own personal needs and tastes.

2023 Abarth 595 Competizione
2023 Abarth 595 Competizione



You can set your adrenaline level with either a 165CV Abarth 595 or a 180CV Abarth 695. Both versions offer thrilling performance, a roaring exhaust, an irreverent and playful, yet bold, style and, of course, the joy of driving. Then you can choose between two souls, Turismo or Competizione, which are available for both powertrains and in both hatchback and convertible versions.



Abarth 595 Competizione
2023 Abarth 595 Competizione

2023 Abarth 595 Competizione
2023 Abarth 595 Competizione

Specifically, the Turismo’s soul is linked to the values of style and comfort which are typical of Italian Granturismo and, therefore, meant for those customers who like to stand out and those who love the city but still want to live boldly. It features black leather seats, 17” Turismo alloy wheels and the Turismo badge. On the other hand, the Competizione has been made for hardcore performance and sportsmanship lovers and those who want to enjoy the on-road driving experience in the same way they do the track. In short, this soul is dedicated to those who never give up on turning a trip into an extraordinary experience. It offers Sabelt Carbon seats, 17” Competizione alloy wheels and the Competizione badge.



2023 Abarth 595 Turismo

2023 Abarth 595 Turismo

Once this first exciting step has been taken, you can then configure your own customized versions thanks to two iconic packs. These instantly recall the Scorpion’s legendary tuning kits, which turned standard vehicles into unbeatable race cars in the Sixties.


The two packs reflect the brand’s core values of performance and style:


Tech: designed for those customers who are looking for hi-tech equipment, it includes a 7” Navi and Clima auto.
Comfort: designed for the ones who are looking for premium features to stand out on every occasion, it offers a Beats audio system and Xenon headlights.



Abarth 595 Turismo

2023 Abarth 595 Turismo

2023 Abarth 595 Turismo

2023 Abarth 595 Turismo

Finally, you can pick your favorite bold color to finish off the configuration of your new Abarth. Making its debut, there is the new “Orange Racing” livery which was created from the combination of the brand’s iconic colors of yellow and red. It is the essence of the Abarth badge and represents the colors that have made the Scorpion legendary. In short, it is the color of all Abarth’s instincts.



2023 Abarth 595 Turismo

2023 Abarth 595 Turismo

The bold and eye-catching color, whose name recalls the racing world, harkens back to the historic connection between the Brand and the Fiat 131 Racing Volumetrico Abarth limited edition with its Orange Racing 255 livery.



Fiat 131 Racing
Fiat 131 Racing

Turin, November 3, 2022

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

New 2023 Fiat 500 EV Coming to US!

Fiat 500 3+1 LaPrima


It is official. Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, has confirmed that the New Fiat 500EV will arrive on US shores. The confirmation came during a conference call discussing First Half 2022 financial results.  

Quote:

"We will bring, at one point in time, the Fiat 500E to the US market, as we believe that there is also potential over there to make profitable sales in some specific states."

The New Fiat 500 E was introduced in 2020 and has become the number one selling EV in Germany and Italy and in the top three in Spain and France. Overall, the Fiat 500E ranked third in total sales in the European electric car market.

The New 500 E is sold in 38 countries throughout four different geographical areas: Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Japan. Sales of the New Fiat 500E have totaled 100,000 in the past two years, and the car has earned 30 international awards in nine countries. 

Stay tuned for more news!

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Source: Stellantis First Half 2022 Results at 24'19"

Image: Fiat500USA.com

Friday, April 22, 2022

Fiat at The 2022 New York Auto Show


Fiat 500 3+1 LaPrima

The Fiat display at the 2022 New York Auto Show was a surprise this year. Currently, the only Fiat model sold in the US is the 500X crossover. However, Fiat showed up with two European-only Fiat 500 EVs to augment the sole 500X on display. This was a happy surprise for Fiat enthusiasts hungry to see these new models.

2022 Fiat 500X 

Fiat 500X Yacht Club


The Fiat 500X on display was the new Yacht Club Capri edition. For 2022, the Fiat 500X is available in four models - Pop, Trekking, Sport, and Trekking Plus. The biggest news for 2022 is the addition of a retractable, folding fabric roof top option and the limited production 500X Yacht Club Capri special edition model. Fiat has a tradition of making special edition models aimed at the well-to-do and fashion conscious buyer, and this classy car is loaded with exclusive trim.

500X Yacht Club Capri emblem



500X Yacht Club Capri Interior


Yacht Club Capri special edition is based on the 500X Sport trim and features:
  • Venezia blue exterior paint
  • Exclusive 18-inch sport wheels
  • Unique blue Al-Fresco soft top
  • Exclusive ivory leather seats with blue piping
  • Exclusive woodgrain dash insert with satin-finished gear shift
  • Yacht Club Capri exterior badging and satin-finished exterior trim

500X Yacht Club Capri Rear

The Fiat 500X received a makeover in 2019, including a new engine that substantially enhanced the driving experience with more torque and better fuel economy over previous years. Compared to the competition, the 2022 500X has the best-in-class engine torque and fuel economy. The 500X 1.3-liter direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine achieves a 30 miles per gallon highway MPG rating in government tests.

2022 Fiat 500 EV 

500 3+1 LaPrima

Fiat displayed its 500 3+1 LaPrima and 500 RED versions. The 3+1 is a 500 with a third rear door on the passenger side that assists entry to the back seat. Two-door cars are coming out of favor as crossovers, and four-doors take over the market. The extra rear door gives improved access to the rear like the larger crossovers and 4-doors offer but keeps the weight down from having a fourth rear door. Fiat calls this the "magic door," and it doesn't change the car's dimensions.

The La Prima edition was the first edition model offered by Fiat in Europe. The La Prima comes with special equipment.


Fiat 500e LaPrima 3 plus 1

FIAT 500 LA PRIMA EXTERIOR
  • Rear Magic Door.
  • LED Head Lighting with "Infinity" signature.
  • LED side arrows inspired by the '57 Fiat 500.
  • Redesigned electric door handle with e-latch system.
  • 17-inch Alloy Wheels.
  • Dedicated La Prima badge.
  • Special Rose Gold body color and detailing.
  • Chrome Daylight Opening and Side Moulding.

Fiat 500e 3 plus 1 Door


FIAT 500 LA PRIMA INTERIOR
  • Premium soft touch dashboard fascia.
  • Premium interior with Fiat monogram seats with 6-way adjustments.
  • Dedicated La Prima logo with the classic 500 badge on the soft-touch premium steering wheel. 
  • New A+C USB smart device charger.



FIAT 500 LA PRIMA ELECTRIC FEATURES
  • All new electric range of 320 km.
  • "Sherpa Mode" optimizes the car's range, saving energy and helping you to get to your destination.
  • Fast charging and the ability to reach 80% of full battery charge in 35 minutes.
  • One Pedal Driving, using the right foot pedal both to accelerate and decelerate.
  • Optional Wallbox home unit designed exclusively for FCA.
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Monday, March 14, 2022

Fiat 500 EV Complete Specifications

 

New Fiat 500 EV
2022 Fiat 500 EV


Complete specs for 2022 Fiat 500 EV. Includes battery/vehicle range, performance, exterior dimensions and much more.*

New Fiat 500 EV GENERAL INFORMATION

Vehicle Type: A-segment hatchback/ Cabrio

Vehicle Class: Mini-compact

Assembly Plant: Mirafiori plant in Turin


New Fiat 500 EV BODY/CHASSIS

Layout: Front-wheel drive  All Electric Vehicle

Construction Unitized: steel body

Number of seats: 4


New Fiat 500 EV ENGINE & PERFORMANCE

Electric engine technology: GKN Automotive G400 IPMS interior permanent-magnet synchronous motor

Max power output EEC kW (cv): 87 kW (118 cv)

Max torque Nm EEC (Nm); 220 Nm

Top Speed (km): 150 Km

0 -100 km/h: 9 sec

0 -50 km/h: 3.1 sec

New Fiat 500 EV GEARBOX

Type: Gearbox with a single gear ratio speed reducer 

Number of forward gears: 1

New Fiat 500 EV BATTERY

Capacity(kWh): 42 kWh

Usable capacity(kWh): 37,3 kWh

Technology: Lithium-ion

Total voltage(volts): 400 volts

Cell configuration(Series|Parallel): 96S/2P

Battery weight:  294,3 kg / 648.82 lbs

New Fiat 500 EV CHARGING TIME

2,3kW AC home outlet (single-phase 13A) (0-100%) -MODE 2: 15h15'

11kW AC station (three-phase 16A) (0-100%) -MODE 3: 4h15'

50kW DC Fast Charging -MODE 4 (0-80%): -

85kW DC Fast Charging -MODE 4 (0-80%): 35'


New 500 EV RANGE & CONSUMPTION

Certified WLTP (km / miles) combined cycle driving range

  • 315 -320 (Passion Hatch) / 195.7 - 198.84 miles
  • 313 -313 (Passion 3+1) / 194.49 miles
  • 303 -303 (Passion Cabrio) / 188.28 miles
  • 312 -321 (Icon Hatch) / 193.88 - 199.46 miles
  • 307 -314  (Icon 3+1)  / 190.76 - 195.11 miles
  • 300 -303 (Icon Cabrio)   / 186.41 -188.28 miles

Certified WLTP (km) city cycle driving range (km / miles)

  • 449 -459 (Passion Hatch) / 279 - 285.21 miles
  • 445 -445 (Passion 3+1) /  276.51 miles
  • 436 -436 (Passion Cabrio) /  270.92 miles
  • 447 -460 (Icon Hatch) /  277.75 - 285.83 miles
  • 438 -447  (Icon 3+1) /  272.16 - 277.75
  • 435 -437 (Icon Cabrio) /  270.30 - 270.54 miles

Certified combined cycle consumption (Wh/km)

  • 140 -142 (Passion Hatch)
  • 143 -143 (Passion 3+1)
  • 147 -147 (Passion Cabrio)
  • 140 -143 (Icon Hatch)
  • 143 -145  (Icon 3+1)
  • 147 -148 (Icon Cabrio)

Wheels size of the certified version

  • 15'' (Passion Hatch)
  • 15'' (Passion 3+1)
  • 15'' (Passion Cabrio)
  • 16'' (Icon Hatch)
  • 16''  (Icon 3+1)
  • 16'' (Icon Cabrio)
Fiat 500EV Cabrio


New Fiat 500 EV DIMENSIONS

Length(mm/ inch): 3.632 / 142.99

Height(mm/inch): 1.527 / 60.12

Width(mm/inch) -no mirrors(W 103): 1.683/ 66.26

Width(mm/inch) -folded mirrors(W 145): 1.748 / 66.82

Width(mm/inch) -with mirrors(W 144): 1.900 / 74.80

Wheelbase(mm/inch): 2.322 / 91.417

Boot volume min(l) : 185 liters

Boot volume max(l) : 550 liters

Front overhang(mm): 732 / 28.82

Rear overhang (mm): 577

New Fiat 500 EV WEIGHT

DIN Kerb weight (kg/lbs)

  • 1365 kg / 3009 lbs (hatch)
  • 1395 kg /  3075 lbs (3+1)
  • 1405 kg / 3097 lbs (Cabrio)

Weight standard A (kg/lbs)

  • 1290 kg / 2844 lbs (hatch)
  • 1320 kg / 2910 lbs (3+1)
  • 1330 kg / 2932 lbs (Cabrio)

payload including driver: 400 kg / 881.85 lbs

New Fiat 500 EV BRAKES

Front: Disc rotor:  281 x 26

Rear: Drum:  203 x 28

New Fiat 500EV SUSPENSIONS

Front: MacPherson strut

Rear: Twist beam

New Fiat 500 EV STEERING

Power: electric

Ratio: 16,1 : 1

Turn lock to lock: 2.98

Kerb to Kerb turning circle(m): 9.7 meters / 31.824 feet

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*European Specifications
Note: Official numbers are in metric. US measurements provided for convenience. Refer to metric measurements in case of any discrepancy.

Source: Stellantis N.V.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Fiat 500 and Abarth Drag Coefficients

 

Fiat 500 Side View


The Fiat 500 is surprisingly aerodynamic. Through careful design and the use of the wind tunnel, the European  Fiat 500 achieved a 0.325 coefficient of drag. That's better than a bunch of slinky sports cars like the Ferrari F40, F50, Testarossa and 360, the Corvette Z06, and Dodge Viper GTS.* This is even more remarkable because the 500 is a relatively tall and stubby car compared to the more common teardrop shape given to low drag cars.

Fiat 500 and Abarth Drag Coefficients

Fiat 500 Drag Coefficient (Cd):

  • 500e - 0.311
  • 500 Pop — 0.332
  • 500 Sport — 0.362
  • 500 Lounge — 0.359
  • 500c Pop and Lounge — 0.364
  • 500 Turbo — 0.362
  • European 500 - 0.325

Fiat 500 Abarth


Fiat 500 Abarth Drag Coefficient (Cd):

  • 500 Abarth: 0.352 — with 16-in. wheels
  • 500 Abarth: 0.365 — with 17-in. wheels
  • 500c Abarth: 0.352 — with 16-in. wheels
  • 500c Abarth: 0.365 — with 17-in. wheels

The Fiat 500e is the most aerodynamic 500 (0.311). This results from an additional 140 hours of wind tunnel refinement given to the all-electric 500e to reduce noise and increase driving range. Electric cars run relatively silently, so wind noise is more noticeable, and its reduction is a priority. 

The main areas Fiat engineers concentrated on were:
  • Front fascia sealing
  • Aerodynamically optimized front fascia design
  • Flush profile 15 inch aluminum wheels
  • Streamlined exterior mirror caps
  • Under vehicle belly pans
  • Refined side sills
  • Drag reducing rear fascia design
  • Optimizing the liftgate mounted spoiler
One of the Fiat designers told me that he spent a lot of time crunched up in the trunk of the 500e during wind tunnel test adjusting the rear fascia to achieve the best results!


Fiat 500e Side View Mirror Cap


. An example of how a little change can make a difference. The mirror caps on the Fiat 500e are unique. Notice the sharp edge molded in and compare that with the mirror cap of the standard Fiat 500 shown below. This subtle change improves the aerodynamics and also wind noise. Details like this add up to a 13 percent reduction in aerodynamic drag 0.311 Cd compared to a 500 Lounge model's 0.359 Cd. 

Fiat 500 Side View Mirror Cap

You can see more of the Fiat 500e aerodynamic details here in the article linked below:



Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio


You will notice Abarths are not the most aerodynamic efficient models. This is because priority on those cars was given to increase high-speed downforce and extra cooling flow for the twin-intercooled, turbocharged engine. Wider tires, essential for high-performance driving, also increase drag.

Fiat 500 Abarth Spoiler



So the next time someone mentions your car is as aerodynamic as a phonebooth or brick, you now have the facts!


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* Some well known cars the Fiat 500 beats aerodynamically:
1987 Ferrari F40: 0.34
2004 Ferrari F430 F1: 0.34
1996 Ferrari F50: 0.372
1986 Ferrari Testarossa: 0.36
1999 Ferrari 360 Modena: 0.34
2006-13 Corvette Z06: 0.34
1996 Dodge Viper GTS:  0.35
2004 Aston Martin Vanquish: 0.35
2006 BMW Z4 M coupe: 0.35
1989 Mazda Miata: 0.38
1974 Lamborghini Countach: 0.42

Source: Wikipedia, FCA
Images: FCA and Author