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Cough, Cough… Older Italian Diesel Hatchbacks Engage In Drag War 12
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo 147, Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, Drag-Racing, Fiat Grande Punto, Fiat Videos, Film, video on 01 12th, 2018


The popularity of diesel cars is taking a hit even Europe, but it will be a long time until the good old oil burners are gone from the market.

Believe it or not, throwing together a few old hatchbacks, powered by diesel engines, is a good way of killing time, and the Italian Drag Racing Championship is one of the places to do so.

The latest edition brought together a bunch of modified Fiat Puntos and Alfa Romeo 147s, which engaged in a very fogy racing war.

Various stages of the competition allowed participants to go head-to-head, solving old disputes the proper way, and they also had to race against the clock, often completing the 1/4-mile run in less than 15 seconds.

It appears that the best time was scored by one of the Alfas shown in the video that follows, powered by a 1.9-liter JDT mill that was likely tuned. The old Italian hatchback ran the quarter-mile in 13.185 seconds, reaching a top speed of 174.33km/h (108.32mph), at the expense of killing fresh air.

You can almost smell those fossil fuels being burned, can’t you?

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Is Fiat’s 124 Abarth Really Different Or Just A Miata In Drag? 4
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Abarth, FCA, Fiat, Fiat 124 Spider, Fiat Videos, Film, reviews, video on 01 4th, 2018


If you’re a fan of the Mazda MX-5, aka Miata, but you’d also like something that looks more like a traditional roadster and sounds throatier when revved, the Fiat 124 Abarth Spider becomes the obvious choice.

According to DeMuro, the 124 Abarth, while extremely similar to the Miata, does a slightly better job at standing out as a roadster.

However, while he did like the overall look of the car, the panel gap between the front fascia and wing was definitely not to his liking – it’s weirdly vertical and more noticeable than on the Mazda.

Inside, it does have a few quirks, such as the annoyingly dim “Night Mode” for the infotainment system, but overall its cabin will be a familiar place for anybody who’s ever sat in or driven the new Miata.

On the go, the 124 Abarth feels quick, sounds good and handles very well, especially on back-roads. But does it justify its almost $30,000 price, and how does it compared to its Japanese sibling?

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Fiat Punto Slapped With Zero Stars In Euro-NCAP’s Latest Safety Ratings 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, BMW 6-Series GT, Dacia Duster, DS3, EuroNCAP, Fiat, Fiat Grande Punto, Fiat Videos, Ford C-Max, Hyundai Kona, Kia Stinger, Kia Stonic, Opel Karl, Toyota Aygo, Toyota Yaris, video on 12 13th, 2017


The Fiat Punto became the first model to receive a disappointing zero-star safety rating by Euro-NCAP.

The ageing Italian supermini has been on sale since 2005 and the new results reveal that it’s outclassed by every car tested in recent history, making it Euro NCAP’s first car ever to be awarded with zero stars.

The Fiat Punto managed to score two stars in adult and child occupant safety and pedestrian protection but the lack of driver assistance and crash avoidance systems brought its total score to zero.

“This is perhaps the strongest example of a manufacturer continuing to sell a product that is well past its best-before date, at the expense of the unsuspecting car buyer. We would urge consumers to check our website for the latest ratings and to choose cars with the most up-to-date five-star ratings, many examples of which we have seen in 2017”, Euro NCAP Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen said.

The European New Car Assessment Programme updated the ratings of several recently facelifted models to allow consumers making a fair comparison to new cars. These included the Toyota Yaris, the Toyota Aygo, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max, the Opel Karl, the DS3 and the Fiat Punto.

With the exception of the Toyota Yaris which kept its five-star rating, most of the other models dropped to three stars in this year’s safety tests. The Toyota Aygo scored four stars with the optional safety equipment.

The safety organization also tested new models, awarding five stars to the Hyundai Kona, the Kia Stinger, the new BMW 6-Series and the Jaguar F-Pace. Three stars were awarded to the MG ZS SUV, the second-gen Dacia Duster and the Kia Stonic, which scores five stars when fitted with the optional safety equipment.

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Get Your Own Popemobile And Help A Catholic Charity 12
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, celebrities, Fiat, Fiat 500L, Fiat Videos, video on 12 12th, 2017


Celebrity provenance can add a lot to the value of a car on the open market. And for some, this might be the ultimate.

What you’re looking at is a 2015 Fiat 500L – one of two that Pope Francis used that September during a visit to the United States. The first was put up for auction almost two years ago, and now the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is putting the second up for grabs, too.

The vehicle is trimmed in dark grey metallic with a black leather interior, and equipped with a 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo four mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It has just 458 miles on the odometer, leaving it in practically new condition – save for its papal use during the Holy Father’s visit to the World Meeting of Families in September 2015.

With nine days left before the auction closes, bidding on Charitybuzz (at the time of writing) stands just shy of $40,000, and has yet to meet the reserve price. Though you can pick up an ordinary new 500L for less than $21,000, the Archdiocese estimates this one’s value at $75,000. (The other one, incidentally, sold for $82,000.)

“I’m deeply grateful to Fiat Chrysler for its generosity in giving the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the two Fiats used by Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia on September 26-27, 2015,” said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. “Our partnership with Charitybuzz provides an excellent opportunity to benefit society’s most vulnerable and marginalized members.”

Proceeds from the auction are earmarked towards the 2017 Catholic Charities Appeal – the benevolent arm of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. There’s just one catch: the buyer must agree, in writing, that the vehicle “is not represented in such a manner that would improperly or immorally reflect upon His Holiness” and “not to use the property in contravention of the moral, ethical and social teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.” So if you’re planning on using the Papal Fiat as a shuttle for Planned Parenthood or your satanic cult, better think again.

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Fiat Linea Sedan Has A Successor In South America, And It’s Called The Cronos 15
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Fiat, Fiat Cronos, Fiat Videos, new cars, South America, video on 11 15th, 2017


Fiat has released a teaser video with the new Cronos, a compact sedan that serves as a replacement for the Linea.

To be offered exclusively in certain South American markets, the Cronos is basically a four-door version of the recently-unveiled Argo, so we know what to expect in terms of design, cabin, and engine lineup, bar the boot that will obviously increase in volume.

The FCA-owned brand didn’t have much to say about their upcoming product, except that it will hit production in the coming months, and sales will kick off in the first quarter of next year.

Named after the youngest of the Titans in Greek mythology, the new Fiat Cronos is expected to be offered with the entire engine family of its hatch sibling, which ranges from 77 to 139 horsepower. When powered by the latter choice, the five-door Argo needs 9sec to accelerate from 0 to 62mph (100km/h), and maxes out at 119mph (192km/h).

Depending on the specified flavor, the units can be married to three transmission options, five-speed manual and automatic, and six-speed automatic.

Fiat is expected to pull the covers off the new Cronos in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for an official image gallery and further details.

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This Fiat 500 Has An Alfa Romeo 4C Engine At The Back And RWD 20
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Fiat, Fiat 500, Fiat Videos, tuning, video on 09 20th, 2017


If you thought that the Scorpion-badged 500 models are exciting to drive, then you haven't seen this tuned Italian supermini.
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How Does The Abarth 124 Spider Drive With A Bigger Turbo And 220HP? 22
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Abarth, Abarth Videos, Fiat 124 Spider, Fiat Videos, tuning, video on 08 22nd, 2017


For some, the Abarth 124 Spider is the perfect sports car. For others, it is simply too slow to provide any kind of driving thrills.
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Fiat Delivers Two-Millionth 500 To German Customer 15
Jul
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Fiat, Fiat 500, Fiat Videos, video on 07 15th, 2017


The modern Fiat 500 is celebrating its 2,000,000th example built, with the company delivering the car to its new owner in Germany.
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Fiat 500 Anniversario Edition Blows Out Some Cheaper Candles [w/Video] 29
Jun
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Fiat, Fiat 500, Fiat Videos, new cars, video on 06 29th, 2017


60 years is a long time, but that's how long it's been since Fiat launched the original Cinquecento. So you can understand that the Italian automaker would want to celebrate the occasion.
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Grow A Beard By Watching A Fiat Multipla Going As Fast As It Can On The ‘Ring 21
Jun
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Fiat, Fiat Videos, Nurburgring, video on 06 21st, 2017


First things first; we like the Fiat Multipla because it looks so bad, it actually looks good. Makes sense? No? Moving on then.
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New 695 Rivale Is The Most Sophisticated Abarth Ever [w/Video] 12
Jun
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Abarth, Fiat, Fiat 500, Fiat Videos, new cars, video on 06 12th, 2017


Fiat keeps celebrating their partnership with Riva by launching special versions of the 500, with the latest one being called the Abarth 695 Rivale.
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New Fiat Argo Officially Launched In Brazil [35 Pics + Video] 2
Jun
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Brazil, Fiat, Fiat Argo, Fiat Videos, Galleries, new cars, video on 06 2nd, 2017


Fiat is launching the new Argo in the Brazilian market, revealing the range details of the Punto and Palio successor.
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Fiat Shows How 124 Spider Abarth Gets Its Flat-Black Stripe Applied By Hand 18
May
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Abarth, Abarth Videos, Fiat, Fiat 124 Spider, Fiat Videos, video on 05 18th, 2017


One of the most highlighted features of the Fiat 124 Abarth is the matte black stripe that runs across the bodywork.
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Fiat’s Rolling Out A New Argo Hatchback In Brazil 18
May
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Brazil, Fiat, Fiat Videos, South America, video on 05 18th, 2017


With its dual headquarters in America and Europe, it'd be all too easy to forget that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles competes in other markets around the world. Like in South America, for example, where it is now rolling out an all-new model.
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New BMW 5-Series Scores Top Marks With Euro NCAP 12
Apr
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 5-Series, BMW Videos, EuroNCAP, Fiat, Fiat Doblo, Fiat Videos, new cars, Reports, video on 04 12th, 2017


Redesigned from the ground up and launched late last year, the new generation BMW 5-Series scored a 5-star rating in Euro NCAP's latest crash test session.
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