The Fiat 500 Turbo (Photo : Fiat USA)
Fiat has unveiled its 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo for the American market.
The 500 Turbo has a 135-horsepower, turbocharged, twin-intercooled 1.4-liter MultiAir engine capable of 150 lb-ft. of torque, according to the Detroit Free Press. This is 34 percent more horsepower and 53 percent more torque than the regular 500.
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The engine is joined to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Buyers who seek optimum performance from their 500 will still want to choose the 500 Abarth, which is capable of 160 horsepower and 170 lb-ft. of torque.
Left Lane News reports that the 500 Turbo has larger half shafts and stronger constant velocity joints that are intended to reduce torque steer. It also has larger front rotors, and sport-tuned suspension.
Its dashboard has been extended several inches to make room for the larger engine.
The 500 Turbo gets a highway mpg of 34.
On the exterior, it has 16-inch aluminum wheel with black pockets, a spoiler on its liftgate, and special black-trimmed rear lights.
The car has the Beats by Dr Dre sound system that is included in many premium Chrysler vehicles. It is a fully-integrated system with an 8.4-inch interactive touchscreen that allows the user to access their cell phone, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and MP3 player.
The 500 Turbo goes on sale this fall with a price tag of $20,200. According to the Press, the US market can also expect an electric 500 early in 2013, a version of the 5-door 500L, and the 500X crossover that was unveiled by Fiat last month and is expected to enter markets on both sides of the Atlantic in 2014.