Fiat Coupé

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Fiat Coupé
Fiat Coupé front 20090604.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Fiat
Production 1993–2000
Assembly Turin, Italy (Pininfarina)[1]
Designer Chris Bangle at Centro Stile Fiat 1991
Pininfarina (Interiors)
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Body style 2-door coupé
Layout FF layout
Platform Fiat Tipo 2
Powertrain
Engine 1.8 l4 16V
2.0 l4 16V
2.0 l5 20V
2.0 l4 16V Turbo
2.0 l5 20V Turbo
Transmission 5 and 6-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,540 mm (100.0 in)
Length 4,250 mm (167.3 in)
Width 1,768 mm (69.6 in)
Height 1,340 mm (52.8 in)
Curb weight 1,250–1,320 kg (2,760–2,910 lb)

The Fiat Coupé (type 175, officially titled the Coupé Fiat) was a coupé produced by the Italian manufacturer Fiat between 1993 and 2000. The car was introduced at Brussels Motor Show in 1993.[2]

It is most remembered for its distinctive, angular design, with unique scalloped side panels. The body was designed by Chris Bangle from Centro Stile Fiat, while the interior was designed by Pininfarina. The exterior design would foreshadow much of late 1990s and early 2000s car design, acting as a precedent to both Bangle's somewhat notorious work at BMW, as well as futuristic angular designs by other marques, such as Ford and Renault.

History[edit]

The Fiat Coupe made media headlines in auto magazines during 1992 after several spy shots were taken revealing the car on test. On its launch in 1993, the Coupé was available with a four cylinder, 2.0 L 16V engine, in both turbo (190 PS) and normally aspirated (139 PS) versions. Both engines were later versions of Fiat's twin-cam design and inherited from the Lancia Delta Integrale, winner of the World Rally Championship a record six times. 1996 brought in a 1.8 L 16V engine (not available in the UK, 131 PS), along with a 2.0-litre 5-cylinder 20V (147 PS), and a 5-cylinder 2.0-litre 20V turbo (220 PS). With a 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) time of 6.5 seconds (6.3 for the 1999-2000 6 speed versions), and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) the Fiat coupe was one of the quickest front wheel drive production cars of its day alongside other cars in its class, such as the Rover Coupe turbo which had a 0-60 time of 6.1 seconds.

Fiat Coupé 20v Turbo Model

The turbocharged 16 and 20 valve versions were equipped with a very efficient Viscodrive limited-slip differential to counter the understeer that plagues most powerful front wheel drive cars. Additionally, the coupe featured independent suspension all round: at the front MacPherson struts and lower wishbones anchored to an auxiliary crossbeam, offset coil springs and anti-roll bar; at the rear, trailing arms mounted on an auxiliary subframe, coil springs and an anti-roll bar.

Production figures[1]
Year Units made
1993 119
1994 17,619
1995 13,732
1996 11,273
1997 12,288
1998 9,042
1999 6,332
2000 2,357
Total 72,762

1998 saw the release of the Limited Edition which featured red Brembo brake calipers at the front and standard red calipers at the back, a body kit, push-button start, six-speed gearbox, strut brace to make the chassis more rigid and Recaro seats with red leather inserts which offered better support than the standard 20VT seats. The LE was produced in Black (flat), Red (flat), Vinci Grey (metallic), Crono Grey (flat) and Steel Grey (metallic). The bodywork of the LE also benefited from titanium coloured insert around the light bezels and the wing mirrors. Each Limited Edition ('LE') Coupé was manufactured with a badge located by the rear-view mirror which contained that car's unique number (it is rumored that Michael Schumacher was the original owner of LE No. 0001, however when the question was raised to him personally he confirmed he had owned one, but a red one, while LE No. 0001 is a Crono Grey one). Originally a spokesman from Fiat stated only approximately 300 Limited Editions would be built. The final amount was much higher, with numbers as high as 1400 touted by some. This angered many of the owners of the original 300 cars and almost certainly impacted residual values. The original number however was quoted by a Fiat UK spokesman, so probably that number only applied to the UK market. The numbered plaque on every Coupe features enough space for 4 numbers.

Fiat Coupé Limited Edition (with aftermarket wheels and front bumper)

In 1998 the 2.0-litre 5-cylinder 20V got a Variable Inlet System which brought the power to 156 PS (115 kW). The 2.0-litre 5-cylinder 20V Turbo received a 6-speed gearbox and a large, satin gloss push starter button. In addition, the sills of the Turbo version were colour matched with the body paintwork. Fiat also released the 2.0 L 5 cylinder Turbo 'Plus'. This model came with an option kit that made it virtually identical to the LE, except for minor interior design changes and without the unique identification badge of the LE.

In 2000 Fiat released another special version of the Fiat Coupé. Featuring the 1.8-litre engine, it was only available throughout mainland Europe and marketed as an elegant and affordable edition. Fiat also made changes throughout the rest of the range: new seats, side skirts and wheels for the 2.0-litre 20V model, 'Plus' edition wheels on turbo models and Fiat manufactured seats on the 'Plus' that were virtually identical to the original Plus Recaro seats with the addition of extra airbags. The 2.0-litre 20V Turbo model is capable of accelerating from 0–100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 6.5 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). When production finally stopped in September 2000, a total number of 72,762 units had been produced.

Fiat Coupé's interior
Fiat Coupé 20v Turbo Plus Model (with factory fitted Body Kit)

Engines[edit]

Model[3][4] Engine Displacement Power Torque 0–100 km/h Top speed
1.8 16V I4 1747 cc 131 PS (96 kW; 129 hp) @6300 rpm 164 N·m (121 lb·ft) @4300 rpm 9.2 s 205 km/h (127 mph)
2.0 16V I4 1995 cc 139 PS (102 kW; 137 hp) @6000 rpm 180 N·m (133 lb·ft) @4500 rpm 9.2 s 208 km/h (129 mph)
2.0 20V I5 1998 cc 147 PS (108 kW; 145 hp) @6100 rpm 186 N·m (137 lb·ft) @4500 rpm 8.9 s 212 km/h (132 mph)
2.0 20V V.I.S. I5 1998 cc 154 PS (113 kW; 152 hp) @6700 rpm 186 N·m (137 lb·ft) @3750 rpm 8.4 s 215 km/h (134 mph)
2.0 16V Turbo I4 1995 cc 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) @5500 rpm 290 N·m (214 lb·ft) @3400 rpm 7.5 s 225 km/h (140 mph)
2.0 20V Turbo I5 1998 cc 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) @5750 rpm 310 N·m (229 lb·ft) @2500 rpm 6.3 s 250 km/h (155 mph)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "PRODUZIONE COMPLESSIVA" (PDF). pininfarina.it. Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  2. ^ "THE RANGE". fiatcoupe.net. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  3. ^ "Coupé Fiat Technical Specifications". fiatcoupehistory.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  4. ^ "The Fiat Coupe". fiatcoupe.cqnet.com.au. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 

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