Fiat is introducing limited-production 500 Cattiva

Article by Anita Panait, on August 15, 2013

Fiat is introducing one of newest member of its family, the limited-production Fiat 500 Cattiva. In creating this new unit, Fiat designers were inspired by the Italian term “Cattiva,” which may refer to a person or a situation that is naughty yet cool. As a result, they were able to come up with factory-customized Cinquecento that dons a “blacked out” look as well as an aggressive demeanor – providing the 500 Sport and 500 Turbo models with a factory-tuned look.

The new Fiat 500 Cattiva was derived from the FIAT Design concept that was unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. Fiat 500 Cattiva’s aggressive styling is featured with its blacked-out headlamp and taillamp and parking lamp bezels as well as 16-inch Hyper Nero painted aluminum wheels wrapped in all-season performance tires. A Gloss Nero roof and performance spoiler further enhance the silhouette of the Fiat 500 Sport or the 500 Turbo with a bi-color look.

A customer could choose from the available exterior paint colors for his 2013 Fiat 500 Cattiva: Rosso (red), Rame (copper), Nero Puro (straight black), Argento (silver), Granito Lucente (granite crystal), Bianco (white) and Luce Blue (light blue, for 500 Sport only). The interior of the Fiat 500 Cattiva boasts a Nero interior environment matched with Nero/Grigio (black/gray) cloth sport seats with Argento (silver) accent stitching. Customers could also opt for a premium look and feel by having Nero leather-trimmed seats.

Completing the interior of the Cattiva is a Matte Nero instrument panel, a Nero leather-wrapped shift knob and sport steering wheel that are hand-stitched with Argento accent thread. The 2013 Fiat 500 Cattiva derived from the 500 Sport is powered by the 1.4-liter MultiAir engine paired to C514 five-speed manual transmission, allowing it to return an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

The 500 Cattiva features a “Sport” mode on the instrument panel that could be selected to deliver a more aggressive throttle map. The 500 Cattiva could also be availed in an optional six-speed automatic transmission with driver-selectable gear changes. The “Sport” mode is also selectable on this version of the Fiat 500 Cattiva. Pricing for the Fiat 500 Cattiva based on the 500 Sport model starts at $18,350, plus $800 destination charge. Pricing for the more powerful Fiat 500 Turbo based model starts at $20,350, plus $800 destination charge. [source: Fiat]

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Fiat 500 Cattiva

In Italian, "Cattiva" can describe a person or situation that is naughty yet cool. With that inspiration in mind, FIAT designers developed a standout, factory-customized Cinquecento with a "blacked out" look and an aggressive demeanor: the Fiat 500 Cattiva.

"The FIAT brand is all about personalization and self-expression," said Jason Stoicevich, Head of FIAT Brand for North America, Chrysler Group LLC. "Now, Fiat 500 customers have a chance to showcase a different side of their personalities with the special-edition 500 Cattiva exuding a devilish designed-for-the-street look."

New Fiat 500 Cattiva provides the 500 Sport and 500 Turbo models with a factory-tuned look
Inspired by the FIAT Design concept that debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, the limited-production Fiat 500 Cattiva adds more excitement and tuned style to the 2013 Fiat 500 Sport and more powerful Fiat 500 Turbo models.

The aggressive styling approach starts with blacked-out headlamp, taillamp and parking lamp bezels and unique 16-inch Hyper Nero painted aluminum wheels with all-season performance tires. A uniquely painted Gloss Nero roof and performance spoiler enhance the silhouette of the athletically designed Fiat 500 Sport, or the performance-styled 500 Turbo with a bi-color look. Exterior paint colors for the 2013 Fiat 500 Cattiva include Rosso (red), Rame (copper), Nero Puro (straight black), Argento (silver), Granito Lucente (granite crystal), Bianco (white) and Luce Blue (light blue, 500 Sport only).

Inside, the Fiat 500 Cattiva features a Nero interior environment paired with Nero/Grigio (black/gray) cloth sport seats with Argento (silver) accent stitching. For a premium look and feel, Nero leather-trimmed seats are also available. Finishing the interior is a Matte Nero instrument panel for an understated look, while a Nero leather-wrapped shift knob and sport steering wheel are hand-stitched with Argento accent thread for added for detail.

The 2013 Fiat 500 Cattiva based on the 500 Sport includes the innovative 1.4-liter MultiAir® engine and fun-to-drive C514 five-speed manual transmission that deliver an EPA estimated 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. Like all FIAT products, engaging dynamics are essential, and the 500 Cattiva includes a driver selectable "Sport" mode on the instrument panel to unleash a more aggressive throttle map. Additionally, this naturally aspirated 500 Cattiva offers an optional six-speed automatic transmission with driver-selectable gear changes. With the six-speed automatic transmission, the driver can also select "Sport" mode on the instrument panel for a more aggressive shift schedule and a throttle map that improves engine responsiveness.

For the driving enthusiast, the Fiat 500 Cattiva based on the 500 Turbo includes the MultiAir Turbo engine and sport-tuned exhaust to deliver 34 percent more power (135 vs. 101 horsepower) and 53 percent more torque (150 vs. 98 lb.-ft.) compared to the naturally aspirated model. Also upgraded in the powertrain is the track-proven C510 five-speed manual transmission that includes an intermediate shaft with equal-length half shafts to mitigate torque steer. Additionally, brake performance is improved with semi-metallic brake linings at all four corners and larger 11.1-inch ventilated front rotors (up from 10.1-inch).

The 2013 Fiat 500 Cattiva will debut at Concorso Italiano, which takes place August 16 at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey, California, and is scheduled to arrive at FIAT studios nationwide in the fourth quarter of this year. Pricing for the Fiat 500 Cattiva based on the 500 Sport model starts at $18,350, plus $800 destination charge. Pricing for the more powerful Fiat 500 Turbo based model starts at $20,350, plus $800 destination charge.

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