In our road test of the 500, we noted how its small dimensions and pointy chassis give it potential for a performance version without compromising its positioning as a city runabout.
The electric 500 is also a demonstration of what’s possible for the brand when it does things properly rather than rehashing old platforms.
The irony there is that a lot of the future investment in Fiat will come as a result of the formation of Stellantis, but the 500’s bespoke platform predates that tie-in, which prompts the question of what will happen to it now that access to PSA-developed technology has made it effectively redundant.
With executives who have a vision and the necessary budget from Stellantis, Fiat has its best chance in years to become a big player outside of Italy, and the 500 shows the way forward: solid fundamentals, but with a bit more playfulness and retro style than we tend to see from the Volkswagen Group brands.
If performance derivatives are the by-product, that’s the cherry on the cake.