Italian coachbuilder reveals coupe version of popular city car at the Geneva show
1 March 2011

Italian coachbuilder and styling house Zagato has unveiled its novel take on a coupe version of the Fiat 500 at the Geneva show.

Developed in conjunction with Fiat’s own styling centre, and displayed on the manufacturer’s stand, the 500 Coupe Zagato sits on a regular 500 platform but sweeps its rear bodywork up towards the lowered roofline. It features a ‘double hump’, a traditional Zagato design motif, plus 17in alloy wheels. Zagato, which also created a version of the original 500 back in 1950, says the new concept is designed “mainly for a young and dynamic male target”.

See the Fiat 500 coupe by Zagato pics

The cabin gets yellow leather to match the Pop Yellow paintwork, contrasting stitching on the steering wheel and sports seats.

The coupe is powered by a new, more potent version of Fiat’s turbocharged, two-cylinder TwinAir motor, now with 103bhp at 5500rpm and 114lb ft at 2500rpm. Zagato claims the unit, which has a high figure of 122bhp per litre, delivers CO2 emissions of 95g/km.

No production plans have been announced. But Fiat has been actively considering a more sporting 2+2 version of the 500, and the Zagato’s debut - and the fact that it is sitting on the Fiat stand - suggest that the Italian manufacturer will be monitoring reaction to the concept closely.

Our Verdict

Fiat 500
The Fiat 500 is a small, cheap, utilitarian car that has become an icon

The Fiat 500 is a deserved success story for the brand, offering bags of style, a fine drive and low costs

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