Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato concept approved for production

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 15, 2011

Fiat is cooking up a production version for the Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato concept, which was introduced at the recently held Geneva Motor Show, according to reports from es.autoblog.com. This concept car was well received at the Geneva show, mainly because of its bold color as well as its mix of 500 styling and coupe looks.

The car also featured the characteristic double hump -- the true emblem of Zagato. The latest reports say that the production will be limited, which means that it won’t be offered cheap.

These reports come only a few months before main rival MINI is expected to offer a coupe version of its popular hatchback to market. The concept version of the car actually debuted nearly two full years ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

But the Fiat 500 coupe won’t be in development for that long. The concept version of the car that was shown at the Geneva show had bright Pop Yellow livery and 17-inch "chrome shadow" wheels and also came with a brand new double spoked shape and synthetic inserts.

Fiat said that the "500 Coupe Zagato” is targeted at a young and dynamic male target. It also suits the requirements of a female target as it presents stylistic solutions coming from the most fascinating trends on colors and materials.

When it first appeared at the Fiat stand, the prototype stood out due to its graceful yet sporty as well as modern-day form, which took inspiration from its namesake predecessor created in 1950 by well-known Italian bodyworker, based on the 500’s chassis. Though Zagato had totally restored the exterior of the basic model, the present-day designers highlighted the Fiat 500’s silhouette, somewhat comparable to a coupé, making it look more aggressive.

Furthermore, its roof has a unique characteristic shape of a "double hump", which is a true symbol of Zagato, which lowered the car but retained its superb interior comfort. Just like majority of historic custom-made cars, the concept car has a classic "2+2 seater" formula, which maintains the basic model’s compact dimensions, which are 355 cm length x 163 cm width x 149 cm height plus a 230 cm wheelbase.

Therefore, it is a compact car that hides underneath the bonnet of the ground-braking TwinAir 105 HP engine, which gives a maximum “fun to drive” experience. What it offersa are outstanding performance levels but with a significant reduction in emission levels and fuel use. To accomplish this goal, the engine comes with a particular "turbomatching" or engine-turbocharger coupling.

Though none of the Group's models have ever used the 105 HP TwinAir engine, it is the best engine to install in compact sporty cars. This is demonstrated by the high torque of 155 Nm at 2,500 rpm and the absolute world record of 105 HP at 5,500 rpm, in terms of absolute power. Moreover, at 124 HP/liter, this engine is one of the leaders worldwide in specific power. At the same time, it guarantees reduced fuel use and CO2 emissions of 95 g/km, which is unmatched in this category.

Designed for the younger and more dynamic male clientele, the Fiat 500 Coupé Zagato Concept also answers the needs of female targets, thanks to the thorough pursuit of stylistic solutions coming from the latest and most fascinating trends on materials and colors.

For example, the prototype livery has a Pop Yellow color, a 3-layer body paint, which leans more towards white, giving emphasis to the vehicle contour, while offering a pop image filled with energy and packed with personality.

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