High Heel Shifting
Just when I thought I had driven a cool FIAT, and established the Italians and every other country was coming in the 500L, I discovered another FIAT 500 in my driveway to test for a week.
Fiat Turbo Full View….. Not a problem I thought, I am getting used to a smaller car and really liking the FIAT lineup. I grabbed my purse, camera and a friend and headed to a Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Equipped with high heels and fake spray tan on my legs I proceeded to pull out of my driveway in reverse… hmm where is reverse? Low and behold this is a stick shift 5-speed car. Not only 5-speed but turbo (there was no indication on the exterior) so when I did shift in to” R” the FIAT took off like a rocket. I pulled over and took off my heels replacing them with slippers I keep in my purse. When you drive a clutch and brake and accelerator pedal it does havoc with your heels and your calf portion spray tan disappears (don’t ask).
The Fiat 500 lineup has been expanding since the day it was born, now offering a convertible, sport Abarth version and the new 2013 500 Turbo which is the best of both the standard car and the sizzling hatchback. So I say this 500 T is for the person who wants something a little faster than the regular 500 but doesn’t want to spend the $22,000 for the Abarth. The Fiat 500 Turbo has a MSRP is $19,500. Let’s just say the guys will change their mind about 500’s are for “girls”. The 500 T has low front fenders, 16-inch aluminum wheels complete with red brake calipers, blacked out headlight with black bezels and a spoiler that gave the 500 Turbo and edgier look compared to its sisters.