The Fiat 500 Abarth 695 will roll into the Geneva Motor Show with four special-edition models including called the Record model. Along with a Fiat 500 GQ and a 500L with a new traction system, the automaker will have plenty of sheetmetal to keep enthusiasts interested in its lineup.
Let's start with the four Abarth debuts, including the Fiat 500 Abarth 695 Record. Like the other three 500 Abarth Geneva debuts, the Record edition uses a turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4 engine producing 180 hp. The U.S.-spec Fiat 500 Abarth produces 160 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. The Record model has matte gray paint matched by matte-black wheels and red Brembo brake calipers, but it's that red-and-white checkered roof that catches our eye. Inside, thickly bolstered Abarth Corsa by Sabelt seats feature black leather with Alcantara inserts. The Abarth 695 Scorpione's black paint is complemented by a matte-black hood and roof with a strip across the top. The side mirrors and exterior piller trim have carbon fiber accents.
The curiously named Fiat 500 Abarth 695 Hype model has matte gray paint on the bottom with a yellow line dividing the matte green paint on the hood, the tops of the doors, and the roof. Up top, there's a scorpion graphic and the Brembo brake calipers are trimmed in yellow to match the stripe above. Like the Hype model, the Black Diamond has two-tone paint with matte black on the bottom and matte gray on top. On the roof is a more subtle silver-and-gray checkered design, and we're fans of the car's seven-spoke wheels. Inside, you'll find tan leather seats with a black leather steering wheel incorporating beige leather inserts.
For European customers who don't need the Abarth models' extra performance, the Fiat 500 GQ will be offered with gas-powered engines ranging from 69-100 hp, all with a manual transmission. The car, Fiat says, is "a special series for the metropolitan man of the third millennium." The restrained updates on the outside are matched by new upholstery on the seats that Fiat says was designed to offer optimal ergonomics and comfort. Available as a coupe or convertible, the 500 GQ will go on sale in Europe in June.
When the Fiat 500 is simply too small for your needs, the 500L Trekking will also appear at Geneva. The European-spec 500L Trekking is offered with Fiat's new 1.6-liter diesel that produces just over 100 hp and helps propel the car from 0-62 mph in 11.3 seconds. Inside there's an in-car espresso machine and a 520-watt sound system, but the real story with this model is the introduction to the automaker's Traction+ system. Fiat says the stability control system mimics the behavior of a self-locking electromechanical differential and can be operated in low-traction situations at speeds up to about 19 mph.
Which special-edition Fiat 500 do you like the most?