Geneva Show 2011 Highlights: Zagato 500 Coupe Concept


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”.

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.

Thanks to: Autocar

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