New look for sporty Fiat 500S

Bodykit, revised interior and optional BeatsAudio system for new model available now

After the facelifted Fiat 500 was introduced in the UK last September, Fiat has introduced a new, sportier-looking model called the Fiat 500S. Available to order now, the new car gets a sporty bodykit, as well as a host of extra equipment. Prcies for the new car start at £12,950.

The 500S is the sportiest version of the standard city car available, boasting a redesigned bodykit that includes sports bumpers, side skirts and a rear spoiler, as well as ‘Satin Graphite’ detailing on the door handles, mirrors and tailgate, plus 15-inch alloy wheels.

The Satin Graphite theme continues inside on the dashboard and on a model-specific sports steering wheel. The 500S will come with black seats and black roof lining, with the choice of contrasting door panels and seat edges in blue, white or yellow.

Fiat 500S buyers will also get a full-colour TFT instrument display and a seven-inch HD Live touchscreen as standard. The system includes Bluetooth, voice recognition, USB, a 3.5mm jack and DAB digital radio. Sat nav is available as an option, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be made available later in 2016.

Fiat is also keen to highlight the car’s optional stereo: a 440w BeatsAudio system developed in conjunction with the Beats by Dr. Dre brand. The 500S will be the first Fiat available with this set-up, which is said to “recreate the entire sound spectrum that an artist experiences during studio recording”. Other options will include matt-black 16-inch alloy wheels and Frau leather with white or light blue detailing.

The 500S is more about sporty style than performance, so we expect it to share many engines with the rest of the Fiat range. Buyers are likely to be able to choose from 69, 84 and 104bhp petrol engines and a 1.3-litre Multijet diesel.

It's on sale now, with prices starting at at £12,950 for the 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol model, rising to £15,350 for the diesel version.

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