The Fiat 500C may not hold up when compared to actual luxury cars, but when it comes to distinguishing itself as a car with innate luxury in mind, the little compact convertible carries the kind of cache not many in its class have.
Over the years, we’ve seen the 500C — and the 500, for that matter — launch partnerships with numerous high-end fashion labels and it’s no surprise that the Italian automaker is adding yet another one to that list. Okay, GQ isn’t exactly a fashion label, but when it comes to mens’ styling, this magazine is an authority on the subject.
That’s why there’s a certain element of style attributed to the just-launched 500C GQ Edition. The car captures the essence of the GQ man by creating through its athletic yet style-conscious appearance, complete with design qualities that not many lavishly-designed 500s can boast of. The larger air intakes in the front make for a more pronounced front fascia while the cloth-top mounted spoiler extends the 500’s roofline and delivers the downforce needed for improved handling. The rear end of the car also features a diffuser that has been integrated into the dual exhaust system while a distinctive “GQ 500” badge located on the B-pillar and a set of 16-inch, split five-spoke aluminum wheels round out the exterior enhancements.
The interior of the 500C GQ Edition also speaks to the stylish and premium work done to establish this model as a true trend-setter. Nero leather and Alcantara are prevalent inside, particularly used as a dress-up to the three-spoke steering wheel with a contrasting Steam (white) inner leather ring, the cluster brow with Tungsten accent stitching, and the upscale seats with Alcantara inserts. GQ Edition-specific sati chrome interior accents round out the interior modifications, driving up the class and upscale look of a true style savant of a Fiat 500 .
The 500C GQ comes with the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine that puts down 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. This nets the fashion-conscious micro-car to 60 mph in the low 7-second range.
The Fiat 500 may not be a sexy car in standard guise. But by all accounts, the 500C GQ Edition is.
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The Fiat 500 Cabrio features the same design language as the coupe version, but combined with a fully power-operated cloth top. Up front the 500C will be distinguished by the 500’s signature "whiskers and logo" with circular projector headlamps. The cabrio version also receives chromed trim and tapers, large wheel arches and a horizontal cooling duct. The model is further differentiate by a slightly longer windshield that is designed to provide passengers with a maximized outward view.
Under its hood, the Fiat 500C is powered by a host of engine options, highlighted by a track-proven 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine delivering 160 horsepower and up to 170 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to drop 0-to-60 mph bursts to the low 7-second range to go with an estimated top speed of 110 mph.
Gallery Fiat 500 Cabrio
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.
“The new Fiat 500c GQ Edition showcases the design talents of the FIAT brand and the inspiration of the style authority of GQ, to highlight how the brand continues to push the envelope when it comes to lifestyle partnerships with like-minded brands,” said Jason Stoicevich, Head of FIAT Brand for North America, Chrysler Group LLC. “The FIAT brand created a limited-production edition with custom appointments that reflect an individual who always looks sharp, lives smart and finds freedom through the precision and turbocharged power of a driver’s car.”
“This partnership represents what Condé Nast does best – innovative and strategic custom solutions designed to engage our audience of super-influencers,” said Lou Cona, President of the Condé Nast Media Group and Chief Revenue Officer, Condé Nast.
Fiat 500c GQ Edition: designed for the athletic yet style-conscious lifestyle of the modern man
FIAT brand designers strived to capture the essence of the GQ man by creating a Cinquecento that reflects an athletic yet style-conscious lifestyle. Hence, the new 2014 Fiat 500c GQ Edition incorporates world-class performance and Italian design, fashioned with appointments for a sharply tailored appearance.
Outside, the Fiat 500c GQ Edition requires a more pronounced front fascia with larger air intakes to maximize airflow to the 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo engine. Performance-styled side sills provide this Cinquecento’s iconic silhouette with a more athletic profile. For a one-of-a-kind look, new 16-inch split five-spoke aluminum wheels feature a sculptural design and are finished in Hyper Nero (black) with a Rosso (red) center cap and accenting inner backbone. A cloth-top mounted spoiler extends the roofline and contributes to deliver the downforce needed for spirited handling. Below, a rear-fascia diffuser neatly integrates the dual exhaust system. Completing the performance look are Gloss Nero headlamp, taillamp and parking lamp bezels, along with a distinctive “GQ 500” badge located on the B-pillar.
With just the push of a button, the Fiat 500c GQ Edition’s power-operated cloth top retracts up to the rear spoiler during speeds up to 60 mph (a midway point can be chosen by pressing the button anytime in between). Press the roof button again, and the premium Nero fabric roof will fold all the way open and tuck neatly behind the rear head restraints (up to 50 mph).
Inside, the Fiat 500c GQ Edition integrates functional performance appointments, premium materials and unique color treatments. At the forefront, a thick-rim three-spoke steering wheel is wrapped in Nero leather and features a contrasting Steam (white) inner leather ring. A large concentric instrument cluster with 160-mph speedometer, tachometer and trip computer sits behind the steering wheel and features a Nero leather-wrapped cluster brow finished with Tungsten accent stitching. At the center, a Nero shift knob is sewn together with Tungsten accent thread. For a touch of sophistication, GQ Edition-specific satin chrome interior accents throughout provide an upscale look.
The Fiat 500c GQ Edition features specially designed sport seats that accentuate style and strength, like a hand-tailored tuxedo. Nero leather is wrapped tightly to the contoured seat bolsters. Alcantara inserts and a Steam leatherette center stripe on the seat cushion provide added texture and contrast, while Tungsten accent stitching and a “GQ” embossed in the seatbacks exude craftsmanship. For even more fashionable style, the instrument panel bezel is paired to the exterior color, with a matte finish.
To make sure that the style appointments are matched by an athletic performance, the new Fiat 500c GQ Edition features the track-proven 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine delivering 160 horsepower and up to 170 lb.-ft. of torque to drop 0-to-60 mph bursts to the low 7-second range. The engine is matched with a performance five-speed manual transmission.
The 2014 Fiat 500c GQ Edition will be available in Nero Puro (straight black), Argento (silver), Granito Lucente (granite crystal) and Bianco (white) exterior colors. This hot new cabrio is scheduled to arrive to FIAT studios nationwide in early 2014.