Fiat 500 Cattiva and Fiat 500c GQ Edition: Two Designer Cars for Less Than the Price of an Hermes Birkin
The Fiat 500 has to be the closest thing to a designer handbag that a car can possible be. It’s as much an accessory as it is a car. Unsurprisingly, Fiat is no dummy when it comes to their cars. They know the personality and soul of the Fiat 500. And, they’re very good at capitalizing on its fashionable nature. Take for instance the Fiat 500 Gucci edition as one example. Or, the nearly perfect Fiat 500 Abarth commercial from the Super Bowl… the one with the Italian supermodel with the scorpion tattoo. Yeah, I thought you’d remember that one.
Well, now Fiat has two more fashionable versions of the 500, the Fiat 500 Cattiva that will hit dealers fourth quarter of this year and the Fiat 500c GQ Edition available in 2014.
Fiat 500 Cattiva
The Fiat 500 Cattiva is supposed to be more of a badass Cinquencento. In Italian, Cattiva describes something both naughty and cool. So, to make the 500 more Cattiva-ish, Fiat started with a 500 Sport and 500 Turbo models and added some street cred. Blacked-out lights all around, 16 inch Hyper Nero black wheels, Gloss Nero roof, and a spoiler give the Fiat 500 Cattiva a more aggressive look.
Available in Rosso (red), Rame (copper), Nero Puro (black), Agrento (silver), Granito Lucente (granite crystal), Bianco (white) and Luce Blue (light blue) with a gray and black interior, the Fiat 500 Cattiva will start at $18,350 for the 101 horse, 98 pound-feet 500 Sport and $20,350 for the 131 horse, 150 pound-feet 500 Turbo. The Fiat 500 Cattiva will be available in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Fiat 500c GQ Edition
Fiat took a 500c at added the GQ magazine logo everywhere… the shift knob, exterior badging, seat headrests, everywhere. Powered by a 1.4 liter MultiAir Tubo engine putting out 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque routed through a five-speed manual transmission, the Fiat 500c GQ Edition will go from 0-60 in the low 7 seconds. The Fiat 500c GQ Edition will come to a dealership near you in early 2014.
Press Release Fiat Cattiva
A “NAUGHTY” FIAT 500 TO DEBUT AT CONCORSO ITALIANO
August 13, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – 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.
Press Release Fiat 500 GQ Edition
THE FIAT BRAND PARTNERS WITH CONDÉ NAST FOR THE LIMITED-EDITION FIAT 500C GQ EDITION
- New 2014 Fiat 500c GQ Edition continues the brand’s tradition of premium, limited-production lifestyle cars for discerning customers
- FIAT brand fashioned a GQ Edition Cinquecento with world-class performance and Italian design tailored with custom appointments
- Special edition is powered by the 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo engine
August 16, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Surrounded by some of the most influential Italian automotive designs, Concorso Italiano provided the perfect setting for the FIAT brand to debut its latest Cinquecento (500) cabrio model: the powerful yet tailored 2014 Fiat 500c GQ Edition. GQ’s style leadership of the modern man inspired the FIAT brand to create a new Fiat 500 variant that continues the brand’s tradition of fashionable, limited-production lifestyle cars for the discerning customer.