Fiat is no stranger to special editions. First, there was the "So Pink" version of the 500, which titillated Mary Kay representatives around the globe. It was followed by the "Pink Ribbon" edition, which promoted breast cancer awareness. And then we saw the "500 by Gucci" model -- a model that proved so popular, the company recently brought it back from the fashion grave.
Now, we have the Fiat 500c GQ edition, which is, according to a press release, "designed for the athletic yet style-conscious lifestyle of the modern man".
On the "athletic" side, the GQ edition comes with the same 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged engine found in the 500 Turbo. Mated to a five-speed manual transmission, that engine churns out 160 horsepower and up to 170 ft-lbs of torque.
Most of the other features on this special-edition fall into the "style-conscious" category. The 500c GQ features snazzy new 16-inch aluminum wheels finished in Hyper Nero (i.e. black), with a Rosso (red) accent in the middle. Subtle sills along the side boost the citycar's sporty appearance without looking gimmicky. The headlamps, taillamps, and parking lamps are finished in a Glossy version of Nero, and at the bottom of the B-pillar, you'll find a "GQ 500" badge.
The interior echoes the exterior's understated, manly vibe. There's a three-spoke steering wheel trimmed in black leather -- leather that continues along the top of the dashboard, hopscotching onto the shift knob, and landing comfortably on the car's sport seats. Those seats are accented with inserts of Alcantara (a featured fabric on Lincoln's new "Black Label" models), with spiffy leather rings in Steam (aka white) and "GQ" logos on the back. To give the whole look a bit of polish, the interior is dotted with accents of satin chrome.
The Fiat 500c GQ edition will come with four exterior paint options: Nero, Bianco (white), Argento (silver), and Granito Lucente (granite crystal). However, the fabric roof appears to come in one color only: Nero.
Pricing isn't available just yet, but the Fiat 500c GQ is expected to appear early next year as a 2014 model-year vehicle.