By Ronan Glon
Sunday, Dec 30th, 2012 @ 10:58 am
 
The Fiat 500 has been on sale in Europe for over five years and while it's still as cute as ever, it is starting to feel dated compared to more modern competitors. To spruce up the range, Fiat has introduced a more masculine variant of the city car called 500 S.
Offered as both a three-door hatchback and a two-door convertible, the 500 S packs a model-specific bumper, tinted windows and alloy wheels. A trunk-mounted spoiler adds a touch of sportiness to the car's bulbous silhouette and dark chrome trim sprinkled all around the car finishes off the look.

Inside, the latest addition to the growing 500 family packs sport seats with red stitching, a three-spoke steering wheel inspired by the one found in the potent Abarth model and matte gray trim on the dashboard. Electric mirrors and a Blue & Me connectivity system both come standard.

The 500 S can be ordered with a number of gasoline and diesel engines, including the acclaimed 0.9-liter two-cylinder TwinAir mill and a 95-horsepower 1.3-liter turbodiesel.

Available to order now, the 2013 Fiat 500 S carries a base price of €13,750, which equates to roughly $18,000.

At the time of writing Fiat does not plan on offering the S in the United States.