Fiat USA recently unveiled the new Fiat 500c GQ Edition, continuing Fiat's European tradition of releasing high end special editions of the 500. The new Fiat 500c GQ Edition Cabrio combines elegant good looks with the potent driveline of the Fiat 500 Abarth for a car that is geared towards those who value sophistication as well as performance.
For this latest special edition, Fiat teamed up with Condé Nast, publisher of Gentleman's Quarterly (GQ) Magazine and owner of Fairchild Fashion Media (FFM), whose brands are considered the premier source of news and analysis for the global fashion community. Fiat designers took inspiration from the noted men's magazine to come up with a car that captures the essence of the GQ man - confident, athletic and high style.
The style part starts with a Cabrio body and adds a host tasteful details. Front and rear fascias along with extended side skirts are lifted from the high performance Abarth model. Gloss Nero headlamp, taillamp and parking lamp bezels are also added. Rounding out the exterior are new 16-inch split five-spoke aluminum wheels finished in Hyper Nero (black) with Rosso (red) center cap accents and a “GQ 500” badge located on the B-pillar.
The interior of the Fiat 500c GQ Edition gets the full treatment with distinctive leather sport seats trimmed with Alcantara suede inserts. A Steam (white) colored leatherette center stripe on the seat cushions and an embossed GQ emblem on the seat backs are a stylish touch. The leather wrapped steering wheel continues the theme with a Steam colored insert. The seats, leather covered instrument cluster brow and shift boot all feature Tungsten accent stitching. Satin chrome accents used throughout the interior, and a body colored dash panel with a matte finish complete the elegant, yet sporty interior.
Confident and athletic are a good description of the Fiat 500 GQ Edition's mechanicals. Coming directly from the celebrated Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio, the 1.4L Turbocharged powertrain is tuned for high performance. In Sport mode, the engine puts out 160 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque enabling the car to achieve 0-to-60 mph in the low 7 seconds range. The Fiat 500c GQ Edition exhaust system is unique. It features a dual tailpipe exhaust similar to the 500 Abarth's but with the addition of a tuned muffler that gives the 500 GQ a powerful yet subdued tone.
The Fiat 500c GQ suspension is identical to the 500 Abarth Cabrio's. Compared to a standard Fiat 500c Cabrio, the Fiat 500c GQ sits 0.6-inch (15 mm) lower, and the suspension is 33 percent stiffer in the front and 12 percent stiffer in the rear. Front struts utilize Koni dual-valve frequency selective damping (FSD) technology that combines good comfort with excellent road handling. Cast ductile iron steel control arms, reinforced rear spring seats and a rear sway bar contribute to the car's rock steady feel on the road.
The new 2014 Fiat 500c GQ Edition will be available in Nero Puro (straight black), Granito Lucente (granite crystal), Argento (silver), and Bianco (white) exterior colors. Expect to see the limited production car at Fiat Studios in the first quarter of next year.