‘Naughty’ Fiat 500 to debut at Concorso Italiano

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Cattiva is Italian for 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.”

Inspired by the FIAT Design concept that debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, Chrysler boasts 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, tail lamp and parking lamp bezels and unique 16-inch Hyper Nero painted aluminum wheels with all-season performance tires.

But it doesn’t stop there.

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-colour look.

Exterior colours 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 blu (light blue) – 500 Sport only.

Inside, the Fiat 500 Cattiva features a nero interior paired with nero/grigio (black/grey) 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 detail.

The 2013 Fiat 500 Cattiva based on the 500 Sport includes the innovative 1.4-litre MultiAir engine and fun-to-drive C514 five-speed manual transmission that deliver an estimated 4.9 L/100km (58 mpg) highway and 6.4 L/100km (44 mpg) city.

“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,” says Chrysler.

The 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.

The automaker says the driving enthusiast will be attracted to the Fiat 500 Cattiva. Based on the 500 Turbo it includes the MultiAir Turbo engine and sport-tuned exhaust to deliver 34 per cent more power (135 vs. 101 horsepower) and 53 per cent 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 Fiat 500 Cattiva, based on the 500 Sport model, starts at $19,845. The more powerful Fiat 500 Turbo-based model starts at $21,845.

The 2013 Fiat 500 Cattiva debuts 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.