Fiat gets naughty

Fiat 500 Cattiva special-edition model makes its debut at Concorso Italiano

Published: August 16, 2013, 1:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:04 PM

Fiat 500 Cattiva

Fiat has offered several special-edition versions of its little 500 since it arrived in Canada as a 2012 model.

That list grows with this weekend's debut of a "factory-customized’ Cinquecento called "Cattiva" at the Concorso Italiano – one of several events taking place on California's Monterey Peninsula as an adjunct to the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Concorso Italiano, takes place today at the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey.

With a blacked-out look and an aggressive demeanor, Fiat characterizes the 500 Cattiva as "naughty," exuding a " devilish designed-for-the-street look."

In Italian, "Cattiva" is said to describe a person or situation that is naughty yet cool.

Inspired by the Fiat Design concept that made its debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, the limited-production Cattiva adds distinctive style to the 2013 Fiat 500 Sport and Turbo models.

Styling touches include blacked-out headlamp, tail-lamp and parking-lamp bezels, 16-inch Hyper Nero painted aluminum wheels with all-season performance tires, a uniquely painted Gloss Nero roof and a rear spoiler.

Available paint colours include Rosso (red), Rame (copper), Nero Puro (straight black), Argento (silver), Granito Lucente (granite crystal), Bianco (white) and Luce Blue (light blue, 500 Sport only) .

Inside, the Cattiva features a Nero interior environment paired with Nero/Grigio (black/grey) cloth sport seats with Argento (silver) accent stitching. Nero (black) leather-trimmed seats are also available.

A Matte Nero instrument panel gives the interior an understated look, acented by a leather-wrapped shift knob and sport steering wheel, hand-stitched with Argento accent thread for added for detail.

The 500 Sport version of the Cattiva is powered by a 1.4-liter MultiAir engine, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. A driver-selectable "Sport" mode engages a more aggressive throttle map.

A six-speed automatic transmission with driver-selectable gear changes and a Sport mode is optional.

The 500 Turbo version features Fiat's MultiAir Turbo engine and sport-tuned exhaust, which delivers 34% more power (135 horsepower) and 53% more torque (150 lb-ft). It also includes an upgraded C510 five-speed manual transmission and equal-length half-shafts to help mitigate torque steer.

The 2013 Fiat 500 Cattiva is scheduled to arrive at Fiat dealers in the fourth quarter of this year.