Special-Edition Fiat 500 1957 Edition Celebrates Original Cinquecento
By: Jeff Youngs, 11/18/2013
Based on the current 500 Lounge model, the new 1957 Edition can be painted in one of three colors that hearken back to the original: Avorio (Ivory), Verde Chiaro (Light Green), or Celeste (Light Blue). A Bianco (White) contrast roof is included with the two latter hues. The Fiat 500 1957 Edition is also equipped with retro FIAT emblems, along with a set of 16-inch wheels designed to resemble those of the late 1950s.
Inside, the new 1957 Edition gets a 3-tone treatment rendered in Avorio and Grigio (Gray) with Marrone (Brown) premium leather seats. Accent stitching for the seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel add contrast, and the cabin receives historical FIAT badges. A premium sound system is standard for this new version of the 500.
The engine is a 101-horsepower, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder unit paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox or an optional 6-speed automatic transmission. With the automatic, a Sport driving mode makes best use of the power. Fiat also offers an Eco:drive App that it claims can help 500 drivers to reduce their carbon footprint and save up to 16% on fuel costs. To use Eco:drive, a Fiat 500 must be equipped with Blue&Me Bluetooth connectivity.
According to Fiat, the new 500 1957 Edition arrives at dealerships in the spring of 2014. Prices will be set closer to the car's on-sale date.