The new 3-wheeled Fiat 500: the citycar that surprises the automotive market

Ellenator, a German company specialising in three-wheelers, has turned a Fiat 500 into a tricycle approved for 16-year-old drivers.

The 20 hp car, limited to 90 km/h, can be driven in Germany because it is classified as a three-wheeler, despite having four wheels. 

Thanks to the cosmetic modifications and safety improvements, the modified Fiat 500 is an alternative for 16-year-olds who want to drive a car that is not too powerful but safe. The modification kit costs € 5,580.

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Ellenator: the German company that modifies Fiat 500s
Ellenator is a German company specialized in customising cars, which decided to turn the Fiat 500 into a three-wheeler in order to sell it to 16-year-olds. The modification allows this citycar to be homologated as a motor tricycle, while retaining four wheels.
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The three-wheeled Fiat 500 for 16-year-olds
In Germany, the law allows 16-year-olds to drive a vehicle classified L5e three-wheelers, just like the new Fiat 500 modified by Ellenator. Thanks to this modification, young 16-year-olds will be allowed to drive this car, which also has a robust construction and comes complete with standard safety equipment, consisting of ABS, ESP and airbags.
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Modified ECU: low HP and low fuel consumption
Ellenator has also intervened at the ECU level to considerably reduce the power output of the Fiat 500, bringing the three-cylinder 1.0 to deliver only 20 hp instead of the standard 68. This modification reduces the city car's top speed to 90 km/h, but allows it to comply with the legal limits for 16-year-olds. It also reduces petrol consumption: only 5 litres of fuel will be needed to cover 100 km.
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The price of modifying a Fiat 500
To buy a Fiat 500 modified in this way, it is not enough simply to go to a dealer: you will have to buy the normal car, and then add the Ellenator conversion kit, which costs 5,580 euros.
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Positive notes?
Despite its low speed and high purchase price, the three-wheeled Fiat 500 is a viable alternative to the models reserved for 16-year-olds, thanks to its safety and robust construction.
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