Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato Concept

The “500 Coupé Zagato” made its debut at the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show. The 500 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 coachbuilder. Yet while Zagato had then completely revamped the exterior style of the basic model, today the designers emphasized the silhouette of the Fiat 500, already similar to a coupé, giving it an even more aggressive appeal.

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 139.7 inches (355 cm) long, 64.1 inches (163 cm) wide and 58.7 inches (149 cm) tall, with a 90.6 inch (230 cm) wheelbase. So it is a compact car which "conceals" under the bonnet the revolutionary TwinAir™ 105 horsepower 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 horsepower 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 horsepower at 5,500 rpm). In addition, at 124 horsepower per liter, this engine is also one of the world leaders in specific power. All while ensuring reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions unrivaled in this category: 95 g/km.

In perfect sync with its sporty personality, the “500 Coupé Zagato” features burnished chrome exterior elements, 17-inch “chrome shadow” wheels with a brand new double spoked shape and synthetic inserts (made of APP-TECH), 205/40 R17 tires and four perforated brake discs.

Source: Fiat press

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