A Coupé Was Born
The Fiat Coupé was produced 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.
On its launch in 1993, the Coupé was available with a four cylinder, 2.0 L 16V engine, in both turbo and normally aspirated 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 UK, 130 PS), along with a 2.0-litre 5-cylinder 20V, and a 5-cylinder 2.0-litre 20V turbo with a 0–62 mph time of 6.5 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph. The Fiat coupe was among some of the quickest European front wheel drive cars of its day.
The turbocharged 16 and 20 valve 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.
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).
In 1998 the 2.0-litre 5-cylinder 20V got a Variable Inlet also known as the VIS. The 2.0-litre 5-cylinder 20V Turbo received a 6-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 L 5 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; for example, new seats, side skirts and wheels for the 2.0-litre 20V model, 'Plus' edition wheels on turbo models and Recaro manufactured seats on the 'Plus'.
When production finally stopped in September 2000, a total number of 72,762 units had been produced. With only around 6,000 of these fantastic cars left in the UK they are becoming rarer and rarer. It is our mission, that through our passion and dedication we will contribute to keeping these cars on the road for many years to come!!
||0 - 62 mph
||130 PS (96 kW; 130 hp) @6300 rpm
||164 N·m (121 lb·ft) @4300 rpm
||139 PS (102 kW; 137 hp) @6000 rpm
||180 N·m (130 lb·ft) @4500 rpm
||147 PS (108 kW; 145 hp) @6100 rpm
||186 N·m (137 lb·ft) @4500 rpm
|2.0 20v VIS
||154 PS (113 kW; 152 hp) @6700 rpm
||186 N·m (137 lb·ft) @3750 rpm
|2.0 16v Turbo
||190 PS (140 kW; 190 hp) @5500 rpm
||290 N·m (210 lb·ft) @3400 rpm
|2.0 20v Turbo
||220 PS (160 kW; 220 hp) @5750 rpm
||310 N·m (230 lb·ft) @2500 rpm