Turbo Fiat and New Viper GTS Introduced

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Detroit News - August 18, 2012

Chrysler has unveiled a tur­bo ver­sion of its Fiat 500, while Chrysler Group’s Street and Rac­ing Tech­nol­o­gy brand has unwrapped the lim­it­ed-edi­tion 2013 Viper GTS Launch Edi­tion.

Both cars, shown at auto gath­er­ings in Cal­i­for­nia, will appeal to “sweet spots”. Find out what appeals.

Behind its per­for­mance-designed front fas­cia, the 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo fea­tures a sin­gle tur­bocharg­er, twin inter­cool­ers and sport-tuned exhaust to deliv­er 34 per­cent more pow­er (135 vs. 101 horse­pow­er) and 53 per­cent more torque (150 vs. 98 pound-feet than the Fiat 500’s nat­u­ral­ly aspi­rat­ed 1.4-liter engine.

“Designed with Viper loy­al­ists in mind, the 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edi­tion mod­el brings back the clas­sic paint schemes that have adorned all pre­vi­ous Viper coupe launch­es to help us cel­e­brate the return of our brand’s flag­ship per­for­mance machine to the super­car mar­ket,” said Ralph Gilles, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Street and Rac­ing Tech­nol­o­gy Brand and Motor­sports, and senior vice pres­i­dent of design for Chrysler Group.

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