Fiat 500 Titanium makes its debut at the 2011 SEMA Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 2, 2011

The Fiat 500 Titanium image vehicle developed by the Mopar Underground Team offers premium sport-luxury features as well as styling that’s more aggressive. It was designed to appeal to the performance enthusiast who is looking for a discretely “tuned” Fiat 500. It has the Matte Titanium ‘whiskers and logo’ face. Below this is an aggressively sculpted front fascia that’s more prominent.

It also has large honeycomb grilles to achieve maximum engine cooling. Its technical appearance is the result of a satin black fascia insert with integrated LED fog lamps.

Its circular projector headlamps have a gloss black finish that matches the exterior paint of the Fiat 500 Titanium. Viewed from the side is a set of 16 –inch-by- 6.5-inch Matte Titanium wheels that have a two-piece design. It is closer to the ground with the use of custom Mopar lowering springs. Its outstanding stopping performance is due to its Matte Titanium front-and rear-brake calipers with larger rotors.

The vehicle has been fitted with aggressively styled side skirts that offer a more vertical profile and emphasize its curves. More contrast is provided by the deep-tinted glass and the Matte Titanium exterior door handles and mirror caps. Even at higher speeds, the car is more stable as it has been equipped with a large liftgate spoiler that boosts down force.

Aerodynamics is improved as the result of a more aggressively styled rear fascia with a diffuser insert. The Fiat 500 Titanium model also now comes with a Matte Titanium license plate brow and center-mounted trapezoidal exhaust tip. For additional power, the Fiat 500 Titanium has received a Mopar cold-air intake and Mopar cat-back exhaust.

As it is, the latest iteration of the Fiat 500 is the platform of the 'new Fiat,' an embodiment of a new approach, new brand strategies, and a different approach to the car. It has been 50 years since the Italian carmaker introduced the first edition of the 500, and the newest version should launch the model into the future. The Fiat 500 of Dante Giacosa was introduced on July 4, 1957, a time when a renewal of the carmaker’s product range was reaching its end. This means that this Fiat 500 served as a platform that launched the brand into a new cycle of success in the next decade.

The very first version of the model went on to become an icon of Italian motoring and of a period of history. The Fiat 500’s shape has become an essential part of history. It is one of the fruits of Italian creativity and resourcefulness in the period after the war. These fruits are not merely beautiful cars with a defining design and style. Likewise, these fruits are not merely products of good engineering in which form follows function.

At a deeper consideration, these fruits – including the Fiat 500 – are powerful catalysts with revolutionary concepts and designs that helped outline common reference points as well as benchmarks. In fact, these creative fruits are masterpieces that have become an essential part of industrial history. For the past half a century, the Fiat 500 has become a good part of the lives of a large number of owners, enthusiasts and fans. These people practically promoted the Fiat 500 as a good and reliable as well as economical vehicle that evokes a carefree spirit and a worry-free life.

More than that, the Fiat 500 has become a witness to memories, relationships and friendships – a past that many would want to revive. The same could be said of the latest version of the Fiat 500, as it wraps up a cycle of rebirth of recent years while representing the start of a new process of expansion with its stylistic and technological features. Hence, the new Fiat 500 is ready to influence and write the carmaker’s history once again.

Topics: fiat, fiat 500, sema show

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