Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Fiat 500e

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Fiat 500e

1. Design Enhancements

The standard Cinquecento already has more character than any vehicle with a 91-inch wheelbase should be allowed, but in a number of ways the electrified version adds even more chipotle to the guacamole. Right out of the gate this car’s signature color grabs you by the eyeballs and doesn’t let go. It’s called Arancio Elettrico and it’s got to be one of the brightest hues on the road today. White accents in the front and rear bumpers make the car pop even more, as does the dot-matrix pattern used in the rocker panels.

These changes aren’t simply cosmetic, they’re functional as well. The car endured more than 140 hours of wind-tunnel testing, resulting in a coefficient of drag of just 0.322. That’s a 13 percent improvement compared to the standard 500, something that actually increased its overall range by five miles.

  • Red Schwinn

    I hate this car because it represents everything that’s wrong with California. CARB has too much power and I think its dangerous. Tell all these people that if they REALLY want to be green they should go ride a damn bike.