The All-Electric Fiat 500e Gets Some Serious Attitude

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This looks more like a Hot Wheels toy than ever.

Fiat has had a bumpy ride in the United States. So rough that it currently only sells one vehicle here, the now-hybrid 500X. However, for a while, the automaker sold several variants of its quirky 500, including the 500e. This all-electric supermini got less-than-modest range and power, but German tuning company Irmscher felt it was good enough for a total cosmetic overhaul. The shop just announced its kit for the 500e with upgraded interior and exterior components.

Irmscher added a body kit outside, with a new front bumper and smoother side skirts. The car also gets a graphics package with logos and striping. Unique, 17-inch Irmscher Turbo Star wheels take over for the car's standard 15-inch rollers. The look is clean overall and lacks overdone bodywork, such as scoops and vents that can make the car look tacky and juvenile.

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Inside, the 500e gets a leather package in either Amaretto brown or Cherry red. Regardless of color, Irmscher stitches a diamond pattern into the front seats and notes that the armrest, steering wheel, and door panels come coated in animal hides as well. Other upgrades include metal accents and color-matched Irmscher floor mats.

Though the Irmscher 500e got extensive interior and exterior updates, nothing changed mechanically. The cars featured a 24-kilowatt-hour battery and an 84-mile range when new. Its electric motor produced just 111 horsepower and 147 lb-feet of torque, but the car's diminutive size and short wheelbase gave it entertaining handling and somewhat lively acceleration. The car's interior always needed a little help, however, so a leather package and upscale accents are welcome updates. There's a new electric 500 that improves on many of the old model's shortcomings, but it's not sold in the United States.

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Having rebuilt more than half a million vehicles over the years, Irmscher is the largest custom and tuning partner for General Motors and its international brands, Opel and Vauxhall. The company offers components and parts and sells completed vehicles, including two of its own, the Irmscher Roadster and the electric Selectra.

Irmscher hasn't elaborated on when its full 500e package will be available, but it already sells a few parts for the car on its website. We also don't know how much the upgrades will cost, but with used 500e models going for way less than $20,000 in some cases, your money might be better spent upgrading to a new EV instead of polishing up an older Fiat.

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