Fiat revitalizes its modern icon
“It will be exciting to watch the success of the Fiat 500 Cult”
“Fiat claims the 500’s fan base is so strong, it’s almost cult-ish, so it has used the name Cult for the new car”
“105 hp, two-cylinder, TwinAir engine 0.9 L suits the car well”
“The 500 is as much as a stylish gizmo as it is a car,” said Issam
I was on trip to Italy and more specifically to the proving ground in Balocco to lay down my hands on the new Fiat 500 Cult edition. Fiat has decided to rejoice the best of everything 500 with a new range-topping model with bags of standard equipment and a more powerful two-cylinder engine. Called Cult, the new standard-carrier is the costliest 500 to hit the road!
True 500 fans will easily spot the refined changes that include the addition of chromed mirror caps, supplementary color-matched trim on the lower door section and subtly updated rear lights. A new color palette offers further choices. A new selection of alloy wheels finalizes the exterior apprise.
On the inside it’s harder to tell what Fiat has done to give the 500 a final boost against its rivals. Most notable among the on-board technology is a new digital instrument cluster from Italian electronics experts Magneti Marelli, which brings the 50s-inspired city car’s dashboard into the 21st Century.
New colors and alloy wheel designs have been introduced to enhance the appeal even more. If the lower reaches of the 500 range is plagued with simplicity, but jolly and pleasant versions, the Cult is catwalk-ready by comparison and loses none of its charisma.
The Cult has the sporty styling traits of the 500 with the special new touches like the digital dashboard. Luxurious add-ons like climate control are also standard on the Cult.
The 105hp unit has now been mated with a six-speed gearbox, which makes the car feel far more settled at higher speeds. Driving it on 500rpm before upshifts allows it to carry momentum that bit better. With fast responses, loads of pulling power and more character than just about any other engine out there, the 105 hp version of the TwinAir engine with 0.9 liters makes a perfect core for the 500 Cult. It is the agonizing heart of the 500 and the engine that suits it best. This upgraded version is a substantial barrier on the regular two-cylinder turbocharged unit’s output. In performance terms the 500 Cult is city car of any other 500 out there.
The Cult is the most expensive version presented by Fiat and is aimed at those who want the ultimate 500. Rendering to Fiat, the car will be acquired mainly by true specialists whom Fiat hope won’t be worried regarding the price. In our region, people don’t really care about the fuel consumption. So it will be a matter of style and fashion when you drive the 500!
Pros: Classic design, TwinAir engine, high fuel economy
Cons: Rear seats so tight, small trunk
Rivals: Mini, Audi A1, Renault Twingo, Suzuki Swift
Engine: TwinAir 0.9 liter, 2cyl, 105 hp, 145 Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual, FWD
0-100 kph: 10 seconds
Top speed: 188 kph
Weight: 940 kg
Stars: 4 stars
One word: classic