Remember Miss Cleo? The phone “psychic” whose employer got busted for fraudulent advertising? I remember her well. One particular infomercial starring Miss Cleo stands out in my mind. In it, she asked a female caller a number of leading questions, I’m sure, before feeling secure enough to ask, in her phony Jamaican accent, who the new man in the caller’s life was. Cleo described the man as “lookin’ so GQ.” Or something like that.
Well, Fiat has a 500c that is “lookin’ so GQ” now, thanks to a tie-up with GQ magazine publisher Conde Nast.
According to a press release from Fiat, the 500c GQ Edition has a number of styling tweaks over the standard 500c, including a tweaked front fascia designed to let more air into the 1.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine, unique 16-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels featuring in black or red center caps, a spoiler integrated into the pseudo-convertible’s cloth top to increase downforce during spritied driving, and unique headlamp, tail lamp, and parking lamp bezels.
Other GQ Edition-only features, according to the release:
Inside, the Fiat 500c GQ Edition integrates functional performance appointments, premium materials and unique color treatments. At the forefront, a thick-rim three-spoke steering wheel is wrapped in Nero leather and features a contrasting Steam (white) inner leather ring. A large concentric instrument cluster with 160-mph speedometer, tachometer and trip computer sits behind the steering wheel and features a Nero leather-wrapped cluster brow finished with Tungsten accent stitching. At the center, a Nero shift knob is sewn together with Tungsten accent thread. For a touch of sophistication, GQ Edition-specific satin chrome interior accents throughout provide an upscale look.The Fiat 500c GQ Edition features specially designed sport seats that accentuate style and strength, like a hand-tailored tuxedo. Nero leather is wrapped tightly to the contoured seat bolsters. Alcantara inserts and a Steam leatherette center stripe on the seat cushion provide added texture and contrast, while Tungsten accent stitching and a “GQ” embossed in the seatbacks exude craftsmanship. For even more fashionable style, the instrument panel bezel is paired to the exterior color, with a matte finish.To make sure that the style appointments are matched by an athletic performance, the new Fiat 500c GQ Edition features the track-proven 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine delivering 160 horsepower and up to 170 lb.-ft. of torque to drop 0-to-60 mph bursts to the low 7-second range. The engine is matched with a performance five-speed manual transmission.The 2014 Fiat 500c GQ Edition will be available in Nero Puro (straight black), Argento (silver), Granito Lucente (granite crystal) and Bianco (white) exterior colors. This hot new cabrio is scheduled to arrive to FIAT studios nationwide in early 2014.