Fiat 500 Coupe by Zagato will enter production in 2013

Article by Christian A., on June 4, 2012

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 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.

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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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