|Assembly||Turin, Italy (Pininfarina)|
Chris Bangle, at Centro Stile Fiat (1991)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Sport compact (S)|
|Body style||3-door coupé|
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|
|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 two door, four seater coupé produced by the Italian manufacturer Fiat between 1993 and 2000. The car was introduced at Brussels Motor Show in 1993. 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.
The Fiat Coupé made media headlines in auto magazines during 1992, after several spy shots were taken revealing the car on test. On its launch in January 1994, 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 United Kingdom, 131 PS), along with a 2.0 litre five cylinder 20V (147 PS), and a five cylinder 2.0 litre 20V turbo (220 PS).
Fiat had rejected the offer of a design from Pininfarina around 1990, and decided to design its own coupe in house. The designed previously offered by Pininfarina was eventually accepted by Peugeot, who adopted it as the 406 Coupe in 1996.
Both the turbocharged 16v/4cylinder and 20v/5cylinder (4v per cyl.) 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.
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 rumoured 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 spokesman for Fiat UK, so probably that number only applied to the United Kingdom. The numbered plaque on every Coupé features enough space for four numbers.
In 1998, the 2.0 litre five cylinder 20V got a Variable Inlet System, which brought the power to 154 PS (113 kW). The 2.0 litre five cylinder 20V Turbo received a six 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 litre five 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 and 6.3 seconds for the 20v Turbo Plus, with a top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph) or 250 km/h (155 mph) with later six speed gearbox. When production finally ended in December 2000, a total number of 72,762 units had been produced.
|Model||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||217 km/h (135 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||240 km/h (149 mph)(5-speed)|
250 km/h (155 mph)(6-speed)
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