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Cars America Missed Out On: Fiat Coupe Turbo


Perhaps it's time for Fiat to consider building a new one and ship it stateside.

There was nothing else like it on the market. With its angular and striking exterior design, the Fiat Coupe Turbo, also known as the Coupe Fiat, was one of the hidden gems of Europe that Americans never knew much about. Built from 1993 until 2000, the Coupe Turbo was styled by now former BMW chief designer Chris Bangle when he worked at Fiat. Its interior was designed by Pininfarina. Despite it having front-wheel-drive, the Coupe Turbo was still considered a solid performer.

It was offered with a variety of engines, including 2.0-liter turbocharged four and five-cylinder engines. The only transmission options were five- and six-speed manuals. That top end turbo five pot delivered a total of 217 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque, and had a 0-62 mph time of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph. Those numbers may not be all that incredible, but the Coupe Turbo was one of the fastest FWD production cars of its era. By the time production ended in 2000, a total of 72,762 units were produced. As we previously wrote about, it’s time for Fiat to bring something new to the US other than the 500 and its growing list of variants. A reborn Coupe Turbo for the 21st century would be a great place to start.

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