Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato
3rd March, 2011
Fiat has unveiled a unique coupe based on the Fiat 500
from one of the most famous automotive design names in the world, the 500 Coupe Zagato, at the Geneva
Motor Show (3rd-13th March 2011), making more possibilities for the little Fiat 500 and it debuts a
new version of the Fiat TwinAir engine.
The Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato stands out for its sleek yet decidedly sporty and contemporary contours,
inspired by the namesake predecessor built in the 1950s by the famous Italian bodybuilder on the
chassis of the original Fiat 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 more appeal. In addition, the unique shape of the roof features the characteristic
"double hump" in the roofline, the true emblem of Zagato’s sports cars, 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 engine, which debuts in the 500 Coupé Zagato in a new 105 HP variant
of this engine which maximises 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.
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 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 efficient CO2 emissions:
Designed mainly for a young and dynamic primarily 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 body 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, seventeen-inch '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.