Recalling design elements first seen in the concept vehicle of the same name that debuted last January in Detroit, the 2013 Fiat 500 Cattiva special editions were unveiled at the Concorso Italiano taking place in conjunction with this week's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. In Italian, the word "Cattiva" is used to describe a person or situation that's naughty yet cool. With their mix of blackout trim and aggressive edge, the Sport-based Fiat 500 Cattiva and its more potent Fiat 500 Cattiva Turbo sibling appear fully prepared to make good on that appellation.
Both Cattiva variants offer the choice of Rame (copper) - pictured here -- Rosso (red), Nero Puro (straight black), Argento (silver), Granito Lucente (granite crystal), Bianco (white) and Luce Blue (light blue, 500 Sport only) body colors that are set off with a Gloss Nero roof panel and performance spoiler. Completing the look are blacked-out headlamp/taillamp/parking lamp bezels and unique 16-inch Hyper Nero painted-aluminum wheels wrapped in all-season performance tires. Inside, the Cattiva treatment carries on the noir theme with a matte black instrument panel, black/gray cloth sport seats set off by silver accent stitching - although black full-leather trim is optional - plus a black leather-wrapped shift knob and sport steering wheel, also with silver accenting
Like the standard Fiat 500 Sport model, the Cattiva iteration is fitted with the 101-horsepower/1.4-liter MultiAir engine that can be matched with either a 5-speed manual transmission or 6-speed autoshifter that also includes a Sport mode that enhances shift programming and throttle mapping. The 500 Cattiva Turbo retains the well-proven force-fed 1.4-liter MultiAir engine that make 135 horses and develops 150 lb-ft of torque -- 53 percent more than its naturally aspirated counterpart -- and backs it with the performance-oriented 5-speed manual gearbox. It also features torque-steer thwarting equal-length halfshafts and bigger front disc brakes as well as fade-resistant semi-metallic linings at all corners.
Rolling into showrooms here during the fourth quarter, the 2013 Fiat 500 Cattiva will start at $19,150 while the 2013 Fiat 500 Cattiva Turbo will open at $21,150.
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