Lets face it: "57" is not an usual number to celebrate, but when we are talking about the 57th anniversary of a model launched in 1957, it’s a whole different story. With this in mind, Fiat decided to celebrate 500 ’s 57th anniversary with the launch of a special 500 "1957 Edition." After all, we are talking about a hugely successful model that was sold in over 100 countries since its unveiling in 1957.
The new special edition is based on the 2014 Fiat 500 Lounge , and it features design elements from the 1957 Fiat "Nuova" Cinquecento, including the body colors and the interior materials. The 1957 Edition will also come with a manual transmission and sport-tuned suspension.
The new 500 "1957 Edition" will be put on sale in the spring of 2014. Prices will be announced at a later date.
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Buyers can order the new 500 "1957 Edition" in just three exterior colors — Bianco (white), Verde Chiaro (light green) or Celeste (celestial blue) — combined with a signature Bianco painted roof and mirror caps.
It rides on special 16-inch wheels in a retro design inspired by the 1957 Fiat "Nuova" Cinquecento. They feature a wide chromed lip, body-color accent and large center cap with historic "FIAT" emblem. The rims are wrapped up in all-season performance tires.
Also inspired by the 1957 model is the Avorio (ivory) interior contrasted by premium Marrone (brown) leather seats. Avorio stitching finds its way on the seatbacks and seat cushions, while Grigio (grey) sees use on the door panels, and Marrone for the door armrests and shift boot. The steering wheel is wrapped in an exclusive Avorio leather and features a retro "FIAT" badge. There us also a uniquely styled key fob with Marrone casing and Avorio-painted "1957" graphic.
Providing the entertainment is a six-speaker FIAT premium audio system with 276 watts of power and SiriusXM Radio.
Under its hood, the 500 "1957 Edition" gets a 1.4-liter MultiAir engine mated to a C514 five-speed manual transmission — a combination that ensures an estimated fuel economy of 31 mpg in city driving and 40 mpg on the highway. Fiat said nothing about any output improvements, so we presume the engine delivers the usual 101 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 98 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.
Customers not interested rowing their own gears can opt for the six-speed automatic transmission with driver-selectable gear changes.
The new Fiat 500 "1957 Edition" will be put on sale in the spring of 2014. Prices will be announced at a later date.
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Celebrating the 57th anniversary of the original 1957 "Nuova" Cinquecento (New 500), the new 2014 Fiat 500 "1957 Edition" combines iconic Italian design with engaging driving dynamics and vintage styling appointments – all for a limited-edition model enthusiasts are sure to love.
"The 1957 Edition celebrates the Cinquecento, the icon of our brand, and its unique cachet of Italian style, efficiency and engaging road manners," said Jason Stoicevich, Head of FIAT Brand for North America, Chrysler Group LLC. "Created for Italian car and design fans who want an added sense of the historic Cinquecento’s spirit, the ‘1957 Edition’ features unique styling elements, material finishes and, of course, a manual transmission and sport-tuned suspension."
New 2014 Fiat 500 "1957 Edition"
There’s a romance about Italian cars, brands, fashion and design that make goods from this artisan nation among the most coveted around the globe. Since 1957, the Fiat 500 has embodied all four, empowering the Cinquecento to become one of the most iconic automobiles of all time. Fifty-seven years later, and with sales in more than 100 countries, the 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition commemorates its roots in uniquely crafted detail.
Based on the 2014 Fiat 500 Lounge model, the 1957 Edition enhances its iconic silhouette with a vintage look, thanks to classic exterior colors for this limited-edition Cinquecento, including Bianco (white), or for a bi-color look, Verde Chiaro (light green) or exclusive Celeste (celestial blue) paired with a signature Bianco painted roof and mirror caps. Inspired by the 1957 Fiat "Nuova" Cinquecento, an exclusive 16-inch retro wheel design features a wide chromed lip, body-color accent and large center cap with historic "FIAT" emblem. For improved handling, a sport-tuned suspension and all-season performance tires are standard. Completing the look are throwback "FIAT" badges on the front fascia and rear liftgate.
Continuing the 1957 Edition’s vintage look is an Avorio (ivory) interior environment contrasted by premium Marrone (brown) leather seats. Avorio accent stitching vertically crosses the seatbacks and seat cushions, while detailed stitching at the perimeter adds to the Cinquecento’s craftsmanship. For added contrast, Grigio (grey) door panels feature a unique Avorio inner panel, while Marrone door armrests and shift boot (with manual transmission) are color-keyed to the leather seats for a harmonious look. An exclusive Avorio leather-wrapped steering wheel is hand-stitched with Marrone leather on the "inner ring," and features a retro "FIAT" badge,illustrating how FIAT brand takes craftsmanship to heart. Adding to the historic theme is a uniquely styled key fob with Marrone casing and Avorio-painted "1957" graphic. For driving enjoyment, the six-speaker and 276-watt FIAT premium audio system with SiriusXM Radio is also included.
The 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition features the innovative 1.4-liter MultiAir engine and C514 five-speed manual transmission, delivering an EPA estimated 31 miles per gallon (mpg) city and 40 mpg highway. Like all FIAT products, engaging dynamics are essential, and the 1957 Edition includes a driver-selectable "Sport" mode on the instrument panel to unleash a more aggressive throttle map. Additionally, an optional six-speed automatic transmission with driver-selectable gear changes is also available. In Sport mode, the automatic transmission offers a more aggressive shift schedule and throttle map for improved engine responsiveness.
The 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition arrives at FIAT Studios in the Spring of 2014. Pricing will be announced closer to market launch. Ordering will begin at FIAT Studios nationwide in early 2014.