A blast from the past comes back to the present
Retro design is central to the Fiat 500's appeal. FCA knows that better than anyone, and amped up the old-school look and feel with the launch of the 1957 Edition in 2016. And it evidently proved so popular that the Italian-American automaker has brought it back again.
Based on the Lounge trim, the Fiat 500 1957 Edition draws its inspiration from the original Cinquecento that debuted way back in – you guessed it – 1957. "Our Italian-designed, fun-to-drive Fiat 500 comes standard with turbocharged power," said FCA's passenger-car chief Steve Beahm. "The 1957 Edition offers a fun, custom appearance for the iconic Fiat 500."
The retro cues include 16-inch wheels painted to match the bodywork, old-style Fiat badges, extra chrome trim, white door mirrors, and an interior decked out in two-tone Avioro (ivory) and Marrone (brown). Customers will once again be able to choose between three two-tone paint options: Celeste blue, Chiaro green, and Bianco Ice white.
It's available in either hard- or soft-top bodystyles, with a contrasting white roof for the hatchback and black fabric roof for the cabrio – all of which adds up to an even more retro take on an already retro-styled model.
Power, as with the standard 500, comes in the form of a 1.4-liter turbo four, kicking out 135 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque through either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The forced-induction engine makes the Fiat "the most affordable turbocharged vehicle in the United States," according to the manufacturer, with pricing starting at $16,245. The Lounge model starts at $19,745, to which the 1957 package adds another $995 for an MSRP of $20,740 – available from your local Fiat Studio this fall.