Following through on its intent to bring the 500 Cattiva concept to production, Fiat has released new information and photos of the production version which will make its official debut at the 2013 Concorso Italiano in Monterey California which is set to take place this weekend. Available on either the 500 sport or the slightly more powerful 500 Turbo, the Cattiva (which means naughty in Italian) is mainly a styling package and shares many of the cues and features we have grown accustomed to on other 500 models. However, the Cattiva stands out by offering features such as blacked out headlights, tail lamps as well as a black roof and small rear mounted spoiler to go along with its 16 inch aluminum wheels. Buyers will have a choice of seven colors: copper, red, black, white, granite crystal, or silver while the seventh hue (light blue) is available only when the package is equipped to the 500 Sport. Expect these tweaks to appeal to buyers that want to add a dash of drama to the otherwise cute styling of the mainstream Fiat 500.
Fiat did not release any official photographs of the Cattiva’s interior, but the basic layout should stay familiar to Fiat fans, and the company claims that the Cattiva will feature model exclusive cloth sport bucket seats with contrasting stitching, a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a flat black sport inspired instrument panel. Buyers can also opt for leather seats which will be available as an optional piece of equipment.
Performance hardware also remains unchanged on Cattiva equipped variants, and power will come from either the 500 Sport’s naturally aspirated 1.4 liter four cylinder engine producing a puny 101 horsepower and 95 lb-ft of torque, or the turbocharged variant borrowed from the 500T which offers a more robust 135 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. Both engines feature a five speed manual gearbox as standard equipment, but buyers that equip the package to Sport models can also choose to equip their purchase with the optional six speed automatic .
After the Cattiva makes its official debut at the 2013 Concorso Italiano, it will begin trickling into Fiat showrooms here in the U.S. later this year with prices starting at $18,350 for the Sport model with the Turbo ringing in at a slightly higher $20,350. Both prices represent an $850 premium over their mainstream cousins, and do not include the $800 destination fee.