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With its high attention to detail, no-nonsense design and numerous personalization options, the new 2012 500 Sport's interior represents a new direction in personal transportation.

For the new Fiat 500 Sport, simple does not mean 'bare' - instead it embraces a particular stylistic and constructive interpretation that strives for 'simplified enjoyment.' The passenger compartment is airy and roomy, an environment designed to be comfortable and enjoyable for any destination.

The interior design theme of the new Fiat 500 Sport is an artistic blend of clean lines and conveniently located features inspired by the original model. A clear example of this inspiration is the Fiat 500's single concentric instrument cluster that effectively displays vehicle information while being surrounded by an exterior-color-matched upper instrument panel for a sense of refinement and elegance. Frequently used vehicle buttons are highlighted with chromed circular rings and centrally located on the exterior-matched instrument panel trim for a premium appearance. Paying homage to the past, the chromed 'hook' door handle shape recalls one of the most remembered features on the original model while integrating modern-day power door locks.

1.4-Liter Engine

Adapted for U.S. customers, the new 2012 Fiat 500 Sport features an all-new 1.4-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine with state-of-the-art MultiAir technology for world-class levels of power, fuel efficiency, quality and refinement.

MultiAir technology offers up to 10 percent greater fuel efficiency and power while decreasing CO2 emissions up to 10 percent when compared with similar engines not equipped with the system. This technology was recognized with the 'Best of What's New' award presented by Popular Science magazine. This accolade recognizes breakout products and technologies that represent a significant leap forward in their categories.

The engine is well suited for the Fiat 500 Sport's lightweight design and city-friendly size, and it delivers 101 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 98 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.

Automatic and Manual Transmissions

The 2012 Fiat 500 Sport offers two reliable, robust and sophisticated transmissions for the North American market that have been uniquely designed for improved efficiency and driving fun.

Exclusively available for the North American market, an all-new six-speed automatic transmission provides the new Fiat 500 Sport with smooth shifting and excellent fuel economy. For engaging driving, the transmission allows for driver-selectable gear changes. Should the driver select 'Sport' mode by pressing the button on the instrument panel, the transmission's shift schedule and the steering response are automatically adjusted to provide even more sporty driving dynamics.

An upgraded five-speed manual transmission features new gear ratios for the U.S. market, improving fuel efficiency and acceleration. A new self-adjusting hydraulic-clutch system is standard with this transmission, benefiting drivers with consistent pedal efforts over the life of the clutch and virtually maintenance-free operation. Selecting 'Sport' mode with the manual transmission calibrates the pedal-to-throttle relation and the steering response to add greater driving enjoyment.

Blue & Me Handsfree Communication Technology

Developed in collaboration between Fiat and Microsoft, Blue & Me Handsfree Communication technology is an in-vehicle, voice-activated communication system that allows drivers to operate a Bluetooth-compatible phone while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Using a series of voice commands, the driver can place phone calls, access the phone's address book or listen to MP3s. Blue & Me Handsfree Communication technology supports most mobile phones with Bluetooth technology.

With the optional TomTom navigation with Blue & Me Handsfree Communication technology, the system integrates an innovative 4.3-inch TomTom hand-held navigation unit that docks on top of the new 2012 Fiat 500's instrument panel. With its large touch-screen display, simple map displays with available real-time traffic, weather and more than 7 million points of interests, TomTom navigation with Blue & Me Handsfree Communication technology is intuitive for the driver to use. And with its direct integration into the Fiat 500's interior system, the driver is able to use steering-wheel-mounted controls to make operation even easier.

Thanks to its portable design, the TomTom navigation system allows passengers of the Fiat 500 to remove the hand-held device from the vehicle and use it as a guide for walking tours or for finding their way back to the vehicle.

Personalization Options

With 14 paint colors available in metallic, non-metallic and premium tri-coat pearl finishes, every new 2012 Fiat 500 will be distinct. In addition, the interior is available in two interior environments (Black or Ivory) with 14 unique seat color and material combinations for an individualized look.

A full line of authentic Fiat 500 accessories by Mopar will offer customers even more personalization possibilities at their local Fiat dealership, including unique striping packages, exterior and interior styling accessories and authentic Fiat-styled merchandise.

Fiat 500 Sport: Photo Gallery, Review (1/2) and Specifications

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