Motoring

Fiat 500X Sport

Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

The combination of a lowered ride height and 19-inch wheels with high-performance tyres means the 500X Sport is agile and full of driving pleasure. 

The Fiat 500X Sport features tuned suspension with a 13mm reduction in ride height and can be specified with optional 19-inch alloy wheels with performance tyres. This results in a more aggressive car, with better ground adherence and dynamism.

Reactive

The 500X Sport with 1.3 FireFly Turbo 150PS petrol engine and DCT automatic transmission, also uses Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) on the front and rear suspension and adjusted shock absorbers to offer greater road holding. In addition, the steering system calibration has been adjusted to return more precise and reactive feedback. 

When combined with Fiat’s 19-inch alloy wheels, the 500X Sport 1.3 FireFly 150PS DCT generates an eight percent increase in lateral acceleration, translating into a significant improvement in road holding and a substantial increase in active safety. The suspension tuning greatly enhances responsiveness at curve entry, reducing understeer by 26 percent, and oversteer, in extreme conditions, by 17 percent.

Exterior Styling

The Sport model asserts its credentials with a host of exterior styling cues. These include body coloured side skirts and wheel arches, a diffuser-style rear bumper, a dual chrome exhaust and full LED headlights and fog lamps. 

Sport Red pastel paint is available exclusively on the Sport model, with titanium grey details on the handles, front bumper inserts, front moulding, mirror caps and a Myron “500” logo on the boot-lid. Other colour options include Ice White, Cinema Black, Fashion Grey and Italia Blue, all of which can be combined with a black roof for a two-tone exterior.

Interior Styling

The sporty style of the exterior continues inside with a flat based sports steering wheel with Alcantara inserts. There’s also a titanium grey dashboard, red elements on the instrument panel and specific graphics. The standard Alcantara upholstered steering wheel and the instrument panel cover provide a touch of sporting elegance, unique in this segment. Exclusive black fabric with techno-leather upholstery, with a grey “500” logo on the seats, a Myron steering wheel bezel, Aluminium pedals and ambient interior lighting complete the 500X Sport’s interior. 

Tech and Engines

The latest 500X comes with a host of driving assistance systems as standard, including Traffic Sign Recognition and Lane Assist. A Uconnect seven-inch infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors and Cruise Control are also factory fitted.

Finally, the new 500X Sport can be equipped with a choice of two petrol engines: a 1.0 with 120PS and six-speed manual gearbox, and a 1.3 with 150PS and six-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission, complete with steering wheel controls.

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