Special edition 500 revives the 1957 vibe

Fans of the Fiat 500 can’t seem to get enough of the 500 1957 Edition, so much so that the Italian automaker is rolling out a new version of the special edition model. The “new” 500 1957 Edition arrives this fall at a starting price of $20,740. There’s no stated cap on the model’s volume, but the package is available on hardtop and convertible versions of the 500.

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What Makes the 2019 Fiat 500 1957 Edition Special

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By now, most of you are probably familiar with the Fiat 500 1957 Edition. The Italian automaker has used the moniker a number of times in the past, most recently in 2015 when it introduced the 1957 Edition Cabriolet. That was preceded a few years earlier by the 2013 500 1957 Edition. Those special edition models proved popular enough among Fiat 500 fans that the automaker is bringing back the nameplate with a different take on the SE.

The “new” Fiat 500 1957 Edition is based on the 500 Lounge trim.

There are three color options available — Celeste Blue, Chiaro Light Green, and Bianco White — with each one coming with matching 16-inch wheels. Hardtop versions of the 500 1957 Edition come with a white roof, creating a two-tone appearance that’s similar to the special edition model that Fiat released five years ago. Convertible versions, on the other hand, keep the standard black roof. Chrome is also present in the special edition 500. Lots of it, too. The special edition 500 also comes with white mirror caps and retro-inspired Fiat badges throughout its body, emphasizing the connection between the modern 500 with the model it’s based on.

Inside, fancy leather covers a good amount of the cabin’s surface area. The steering wheel should feel smooth in Avorio and Marrone Brown leather. The latter is also the color-of-choice on the seats, door rests, and shift boot while Avorio stitching adds a layer of sophistication on the seatbacks and seat cushions. Even the hatchback’s key fob gets in on the fun with a Marrone casing and an Avorio-panted “1957” graphic.

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There are no engine upgrades to speak of, though that really shouldn’t come as a surprise unless the model has “Abarth” in its name. Instead, prospective buyers will have to make do with the 500’s 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine that produces a punchy 135 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. That’s the biggest difference between the new 1957 Edition and the 2013 model that went by the same SE name. The latter featured Fiat’s naturally aspirated 1.4-liter engine that produced only 101 horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque. With more power on tap, buyers can also choose between a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission with its own sport mode.

The new Fiat 500 1957 Edition's exclusive touches are largely identical to what was offered in the previous 500 1957 Edition.

The color options don’t change, and the interior upgrades are the same, as well. This new version, though, is a lot more powerful. That’s as good a hook as Fiat can have to get people to buy its new special edition model.

Lord knows that Fiat needs as many sales as possible, too. The 500’s popularity in the U.S. is sinking faster than the Titanic. Sales from the start of 2018 through August show that only 3,188 units of the 500 have been sold in the U.S. That’s a precipitous drop — 66 percent! — from the 9,149 units the automaker sold in the same time period last year.

The new 500 1957 Edition isn’t expected to inject some excitement back to the 500, but with the model’s sales on a steep decline, any kind of buzz, no matter how small, is worth whatever attention Fiat gets from the “new” 500 1957 Edition.

Further reading

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Back by popular demand, the Fiat 500 1957 Edition celebrates iconic Italian style and fun-to-drive dynamics inspired by the original 1957 Fiat Nuova 500
1957 Edition available in hatchback and carbrio configurations with 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, which is now standard across the entire Fiat 500 lineup and delivers 135 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque
Based on Lounge model, which starts at a U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $19,745, the 1957 Edition package for the Fiat 500 is available for $995
The 500 1957 Edition includes:
Three new 16-inch retro-inspired wheel options (White, Green or Blue)
Exterior highlights with vintage elements, such as retro fascia with bright inserts and retro FIAT badging, retro Ivory door-trim panels, White exterior mirrors, two-toned paint with White roof on hatchback models and Black soft top on cabrio models
Three retro-inspired paint colors: Celeste Blue (Retro Light Blue), Chiaro (Light Green) and Bianco Ice (White)
Elegant interior features with Italian style: Ivory door-trim panels and Marrone leather shift boot, Avorio/Marrone leather-wrapped steering wheel and retro "FIAT" badge
Fiat 500 is available in three models: Pop, Lounge and the high-performance Abarth
Fiat 500 starts at $16,245 MSRP – the most affordable turbocharged vehicle in the United States
New Fiat 500 1957 Edition arrives in FIAT studios this fall
September 26, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Celebrating its legendary past, the FIAT brand announced today the new Fiat 500 1957 Edition in both hatchback and cabrio configurations – last available for the 2016 model year. The 1957 Edition highlights the spirit, romance and culture of the FIAT brand by paying homage to the original 1957 Nuova Cinquecento (New 500).

“Our Italian-designed, fun-to-drive Fiat 500 comes standard with turbocharged power,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA – North America. “The 1957 Edition offers a fun, custom appearance for the iconic Fiat 500.”

Based on the Fiat 500 Lounge model, the 1957 Edition complements its updated iconic silhouette with a vintage look. Consumers will have a choice of three new 16-inch retro-inspired wheel options (White, Green or Blue). Other highlights include a retro fascia with bright inserts and retro FIAT badging. Additional exterior touches include retro Ivory door-trim panels, White exterior mirrors, two-toned paint with a White roof on hatchback models, a Black soft top on cabrio models, and three retro-inspired paint colors: Celeste Blue (Retro Light Blue), Chiaro (Light Green) and Bianco Ice (White).

Continuing the 1957 Edition’s vintage look is an Avorio (Ivory) interior environment contrasted with premium Marrone (Brown) leather seats. Avorio accent stitching vertically crosses seatbacks and seat cushions, while detailed stitching at the perimeter underscores the Cinquecento’s craftsmanship.

The retro theme continues with Ivory door-trim panels and a Marrone leather shift boot (with manual transmission) that are color-keyed to the leather seats for a harmonious look. An Avorio/Marrone leather-wrapped steering wheel is hand-stitched with Marrone leather on the "inner ring" and features a retro "FIAT" badge. Adding to the retro theme is a uniquely styled key fob.

The Fiat 500 1957 Edition model comes with the standard 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, which features a single turbocharger, twin intercoolers and a sport-tuned exhaust, and delivers 135 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque – 34 more standard horsepower than the previous model. The MultiAir Turbo engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission as standard and is available with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Similar to all FIAT vehicles, engaging dynamics are essential, and the 1957 Edition includes a driver-selectable "Sport" mode on the instrument panel to unleash a more aggressive driving experience. In Sport mode, the automatic transmission offers a more aggressive shift schedule and throttle map for improved engine responsiveness.

The Fiat 500 1957 Edition package is available for a U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $995 and will be available in FIAT studios this fall.

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