If you are a true Fiat 500 fan you sure do remember the 500 Coupe by Zagato, unveiled back in 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show. The car was inspired by its predecessor, which was built in the ‘50s, and featured the well-known Zagato double hump signature (an unique shape of the roof). The rest of the car keeps the same dimensions: 355 centimetres long, 163 cm wide and 149 cm high, with a 230 centimetre wheelbase.
In the concept form, the Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato was powered by a TwinAir engine delivering 105 hp and 155 Nm at 2,500 rpm and 95 g/km of CO2 emissions.
Moreover, we find custom front and rear bumpers, new side sills as well as a new set of wheels. If you really like the car you should know that Sergio Marchionne recently confirmed that the Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato will hit the dealerships next year!
Still, if you can’t wait until 2013, you should take a look at the Scagliarini Motorsports Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato. This model was based on the Abarth 500 and featured Abarth front seats in alcantara, Brembo brakes and a new performance exhaust system developed by Ragazzon. So if you want the original or the one developed by Scagliarini, you should decide!
On 4 July 1957, Fiat launched Dante Giacosa's Fiat 500, as a cycle was completed after the rebirth amid the war’s devastation that led to the company’s radical product renewal period ending, which brought along the opening of the way for the next decade’s cycle of successes – all of which we can now consider as one of the brightest points in Fiat’s history, which spans one hundred years. The congruence with the new Fiat 500 cannot be clearer; it ends the recent years’ cycle of astonishing rebirth, but because of its style and technology features, it also embodies the spur of a continuous expansion process. And so this history starts here again.
It would be insulting to reduce the wonder of the new Fiat 500 to a meek, sentimental reinterpretation. Fiat's objective was not to create a car that resembles a 500, but to create a car that could be the rebirth of the Fiat 500. The new Fiat 500 clears a path for innovations spanning many environments that are extremely important for customers of today, clearly delineating where its motivations are when considering the Fiat brand’s future position. The Fiat 500 pays homage to the original in its form and function, as any one would expect in this case, so that it can arouse all the emotions and remembrances that make eternal icons, lifting them above the limits of their category’s dimensions.
But firstly, and most importantly, it is crucial to emphasise the modernisations that the new 500 can, for the first time, bring to this product class.
Initially, developing this model and the marketing plan had the participation of more than 3,000,000 aficionados who submitted their ideas and concepts about the project through the www.500wantsyou.com website. This enterprise represents a new culture to approaching the relations between customer and manufacturer, making Fiat one of the most accessible companies, keeping close contact with the public’s expectations.