2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Ancora Piu Piccolo Nonno
May 17, 2011
Unless you're fluent in Italian (no, I'm not despite my last name), I'll save you from using Babel Fish. The romantic title of this blog means "even smaller grandfather". Yes, the new Fiat 500 is simply minute -- this thing is seven inches shorter than a new Mini Cooper! But have you ever seen its Nonno?
Check out this kitchy Italian commercial for the very first Fiat Cinquecento and try not to smile. Introduced for 1957, it was just 117 inches long and weighed only 1,100 pounds. And it supposedly could transport four adults. At 139.6 inches long and tipping the scales at 2,363 pounds, the current base model 500 is nearly two feet longer and weighs over twice as much as the original. Of course, modern day necessities such as air conditioning, power everything, an audio system and airbags galore tend to add some weight, as does a more robust structure that provides greater safety and handling/ride dynamics...
Giovanni DiPietro, Automotive Editor