2011 Geneva Motor Show: Fiat 500 Coupe by Zagato is the perfect gift for ladies

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 1, 2011

Due to the fact that Zagato, the well-known coach builder is specialized in modifying high-end sports cars such as Bentley, we were surprised to see the Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The name is inspired by its predecessor built in the 1950s, and as you can see from the photos the car features Zagato’s so-called signature: the double hump unique shape of the roof.

As expected, the new Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato keeps the compact dimensions of the standard vehicle, which means that the car is 355 centimetres long, 163 cm wide and 149 cm high, with a 230 centimetre wheelbase. Under the hood we find the TwinAir engine delivering 105 hp and 155 Nm at 2,500 rpm and 95 g/km of CO2 emissions.

According to Zagato, the car was designed for a young and dynamic male target, and features a Pop Yellow paint finish. Inside, the car features sporty "diamond" seats and high-tech fabric teamed with yellow chamois leather and the black natural leather of the surrounds which give it a young.

The design of the car is completed by the 17" "chrome shadow" wheels featuring a double spoked shape and synthetic inserts (made of APP-TECH).

While the 500 Coupé Zagato is designed to appeal to young male consumers, it also caters to the needs of females as it features an array of stylistic schemes using the most interesting trends in terms of materials and colors. For example, the prototype is wrapped in a Pop Yellow livery, which is a three-layer body paint color with a white bias. This livery highlights the contours of the 500 Coupé Zagato while providing it with a pop image that is overflowing with personality.

Furthermore, the 500 Coupé Zagato features burnished chrome exterior elements as well as 17-inch chrome shadow wheels -- with a brand new double spoked shape and synthetic inserts -- wrapped in 205/40 R17 tires. Included are four perforated brake discs. This exterior scheme is also present inside the cabin, as reflected on the seats. The 500 Coupé Zagato has seats that draw inspiration from the traditional sporty "diamond" seats, and which are wrapped in high-tech fabric and yellow chamois leather.

The surrounds of the seats feature black natural leather. This design scheme is also repeated on the steering wheel, which is wrapped in leather with contrasting stitching featuring the same color as the yellow chamois leather grips. The dashboard surround features the same colors as the exterior and is treated in burnished "eco-chrome" for a more assertive charm. Moreover, the 500 Coupé Zagato features a lining of the roof panel with dark high-tech fabric, which has a delicate shimmer as a result of a transparent single-filament yarn.

With its distinctive and appealing personality, the 500 Coupé Zagato stays true to Fiat's history and mission -- to build cars characterized by original style and advanced technology, as well as by intelligent solutions that help boost cabin convenience and comfort. The 500 Coupé Zagato is still provided with "my-port", a practical multimedia port located on the dashboard that enables connection between the driver – through smartphones – to the Internet and satellite navigation.

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The concept

The "500 Coupé Zagato" - the concept created by one of the most famous automotive design names in the world, with the collaboration of the Fiat Group Automobiles' Centro Stile - makes its debut at the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show.

Presented at the Fiat stand, the prototype stands out for its sinuous yet decidedly sporty and contemporary contours, inspired by the namesake predecessor built in the 1950 by the famous Italian bodyworker on the chassis of the 500. Yet while Zagato had then completely revamped the exterior style of the basic model, today the designers emphasised the silhouette of the Fiat 500, already similar to a coupé, giving it an even more aggressive appeal. In addition, the unique shape of the roof features the characteristic "double hump", the true emblem of Zagato, teaming the lowering of the car with retaining excellent interior comfort.

Like many historic custom-built cars, the concept car affords the classic "2+2 seater" formula, retaining the compact dimensions of the basic model: indeed, it is 355 centimetres long, 163 cm wide and 149 cm high, with a 230 centimetre wheelbase. So it is a compact car which "conceals" under the bonnet the revolutionary TwinAir 105 HP engine which maximizes the "fun to drive" of this car, while ensuring, consistently with the downsizing philosophy, excellent performance levels against a considerable reduction in fuel consumption and emission levels. To achieve this objective, the engine features a specific "turbomatching" (engine-turbocharger coupling).

The 105 HP TwinAir engine, which has never been used on any of the Group's models yet, is therefore the ideal engine to be installed in compact sized sporty cars, as demonstrated by the high torque delivered (155 Nm at 2,500 rpm) and the absolute world record in terms of absolute power (105 HP at 5,500 rpm). In addition, at 124 HP/litre, this engine is also one of the world leaders in specific power. All while ensuring reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions unrivalled in this category: 95 g/km.

Designed mainly for a young and dynamic male target, the "500 Coupé Zagato" also accommodates the needs of a female target owing to the painstaking pursuit of stylistic solutions resulting from the most interesting trends on colours and materials. For instance, the prototype livery is Pop Yellow, a specific three-layer bodypaint colour tending towards white which emphasises the vehicle contour while giving it a pop image, full of energy and brimming with personality.

The same styling effect can be found in the interiors, specifically the seats, inspired by the traditional sporty "diamond" seats and high-tech fabric teamed with yellow chamois leather and the black natural leather of the surrounds which give it a young, contemporary look. The decidedly sporty appearance can also be found on the steering wheel - also covered in leather with contrasting stitching the same colour as the yellow chamois leather grips - and on the dashboard surround, matching the exterior colour, which was treated in burnished "eco-chrome" to give it a more aggressive appeal. Lastly, another typical feature of coupé vehicles is the lining of the roof panel with dark high-tech fabric embellished by a transparent single-filament yarn that gives it a delicate shine.

In perfect synch with its sporty personality, the "500 Coupé Zagato" features burnished chrome exterior elements, 17" "chrome shadow" wheels with a brand new double spoked shape and synthetic inserts (made of APP-TECH), 205/40 R17 tyres and 4 perforated brake discs.

A car of enormous appeal, this prototype is consistent with Fiat's history and mission: to make cars distinguished by an original style, advanced technology made accessible to all and intelligent solutions that simplify and improve life on-board. An example? Just like the basic model, the "500 Coupé Zagato" also features "my-port", the practical multimedia port installed on the dashboard allowing the driver to link up to the world via a latest generation smartphone enabled to access the Internet and satellite navigation.

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