Fiat Abarth 695 Biposto - Q3
A $65,000 price tag has already been confirmed for the angriest version yet of the 500 and what is essentially a road-going version of Abarth’s Assetto Corse racecar.
The highlight of the car due in the third quarter has to be its motorsport-style six-speed manual that swaps smooth-shifting syncromesh gear rings for dog rings designed for the fastest of (clutchless) shifts.
Add in a bunch of famous go-faster suppliers such as Brembo (brakes), Akrapovic (exhaust), Extreme Shox (adjustable dampers) and Oz (wheel rims) and you have all the ingredients for a riotous track day.
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Fiat 500X - Q4
Fiat’s local offerings have typically been small hatches or commercial vehicles, but now the Italian brand is venturing into SUVs at last with the 500X due here in late 2015.
The mini SUV/compact crossover expands the modern ‘Bambino’ family in more than one way – it’s noticeably bigger at 4.3 metres long.
Drivetrains are yet to be confirmed for Australia but include front- and all-wheel drive, petrol and diesel engines, and five- or six-speed manuals or nine-speed auto depending on model.
Pricing should start below $25K for a model that will compete with the likes of the Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur and Mazda CX-3.
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Fiat 500 update - 2015
Details are thin on the ground for an update to the cheeky-looking Fiat. Don’t expect any dramatic changes to the design that remains faithful to the original.