Friday, December 28, 2018

2014 Fiat 500 GQ - Modern and Obscure

What the... A 4 year old car on Just a Car Geek?

Well, this car, despite being just 4 years old, is as rare or rarer than many of the older cars I have posted over the years. It's also all sorts of fun.

Fiat, in its short time back in North America, has introduced quite a few "limited edition" 500s. Some were kind of cool, but most fell into the "so what?" category.

The GQ was different though. It was a limited edition of the Fiat 500 Abarth. To me, the 500 Abarth is a genuine automotive bargain and one of the coolest cars you can buy today.

When Fiat introduced the GQ Edition they wrote this in their press release:
For this latest special edition, Fiat teamed up with Condé Nast, publisher of Gentleman's Quarterly (GQ) Magazine and owner of Fairchild Fashion Media (FFM), whose brands are considered the premier source of news and analysis for the global fashion community. Fiat designers took inspiration from the noted men's magazine to come up with a car that captures the essence of the GQ man - confident, athletic and high style.

The interior of the Fiat 500c GQ Edition gets the full treatment with distinctive leather sport seats trimmed with Alcantara suede inserts. A Steam (white) colored leatherette center stripe on the seat cushions and an embossed GQ emblem on the seat backs are a stylish touch. The leather wrapped steering wheel continues the theme with a Steam colored insert. The seats, leather covered instrument cluster brow and shift boot all feature Tungsten accent stitching. Satin chrome accents used throughout the interior, and a body colored dash panel with a matte finish complete the elegant, yet sporty interior.

Confident and athletic are a good description of the Fiat 500 GQ Edition's mechanicals. Coming directly from the celebrated Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio, the 1.4L Turbocharged powertrain is tuned for high performance. In Sport mode, the engine puts out 160 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque enabling the car to achieve 0-to-60 mph in the low 7 seconds range. The Fiat 500c GQ Edition exhaust system is unique. It features a dual tailpipe exhaust similar to the 500 Abarth's but with the addition of a tuned muffler that gives the 500 GQ a powerful yet subdued tone.

Basically, they used a lot of words to say that this is a slightly upscale 500 Abarth.

All GQs were convertibles. Fiat leaves B and C-pillars in place on the 500 convertible. The roof can be opened partially like a sunroof, or can be dropped completely. It is electric and insulated.

Fiat's latest attempt at selling cars in North America hasn't been a resounding success. The 500 hasn't sold in the numbers Fiat hoped for. The 500L is an ugly joke. The 500X is a nice, small SUV that gets lost in a sea of nice, small SUVs. The 124 Spider is a really nice roadster, but roadsters aren't big sellers these days. (The Brazilian built Fiat Toro is a really cool pickup truck, but for some reason Fiat isn't planning on selling it in North America. I guess they figure that no one here buys pickup trucks ;-) )

So why is this on a blog that is basically dedicated to older obscure cars? Only offered on 2014, this is essentially a limited edition version of a car (the 500 Abarth) whose sales numbers are so small that it in itself could be considered a limited edition. I can't find any definitive sales numbers, but its seems like somewhere between less than 200 and no more than 500 GQs were sold here.

This is as obscure - or more obscure - than many of the cars posted on this site. But, unlike most of the cars posted here, it has all the modern conveniences you need. It still has a dealer network. Parts are easy to acquire. You can even buy a genuine FCA factory extended warranty for it. The 500 GQ is a fun to drive, very rare car that you really could drive every day.

This car has a clean Carfax and 58,000 miles on it. The asking price is $8990.00. Located in Gresham, OR, click here to see the dealer's ad.

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