If you're considering the purchase of a 2011 Fiat 500, you may want to hold off a few weeks longer. In addition to the standard model currently in showrooms, Fiat is also launching a very special edition of the 500 -- one that's tricked out by Gucci. Like many human models, it's set to debut during New York Fashion Week.
The Fiat 500 by Gucci made its first appearance last spring at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. As is often the case with these sorts of special editions, the difference between the Gucci model and its everyday sisters are primarily cosmetic. Unlike the other 500s, the Gucci comes only in black or white, though both feature the fashion house's trademark green/red/green stripe down the side. Other accents and Gucci logos appear throughout the car, right down to the "retro-inspired" 15-inch wheels and "GG" hubcaps.
The Fiat 500 by Gucci also offers some higher-end features, like BLUE&ME hands-free communication technology, which comes with a handy USB port and iPod control capability. Also included: SIRIUS Satellite Radio and a Bose Energy Efficient Series sound system. Gucci will also issue a line of special 500-themed items, including "travel accessories, small leather goods, drivers, tracksuits, bombers, driver gloves, sunglasses and a watch". Compared to some fashion-themed limited-editions, this lineup seems downright tasteful. (Well, except for the tracksuit.)
The good news is that the Fiat 500 by Gucci will make its first North American appearance on September 8 during New York Fashion week, and it should arrive in showrooms this December, just in time for generous gift-givers to get their shop on. The bad news is that by that time, the 500 Cabrio should also be available, meaning that eager fans have some deciding to do -- though they could split the difference and order the Fiat 500 by Gucci Cabrio edition (yes, it exists).
While we're waiting on pricing, here's a video of Gucci's Creative Director, Frida Giannini talking about (and showing off) the Fiat 500 by Gucci during Milan Fashion Week last spring:
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