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Surfing with Fiat 500L

Fiat 500L - Vans US Open of Surfing Fiat 500L - Vans US Open of Surfing

What should you take to the beach with you? Maybe a blanket, a inflatable mattress, a surfing board and the Fiat 500L. But the latter necessarily in the beach version!

Unfortunately putting this plan into life will not be easy, because for now Fiat declares, that the beach styled Fiat 500L is only a concept car, prepared specially for the surfing event Vans US Open of Surfing. To see this car, one would have to go to Huntington Beach and fast, because the championship will finish soon.

Unless, the Fiat changes their mind and after a warm welcoming of this car by the viewers and media all over the world, will decide that the concept car is after all worth transmitting into a sales version.

The beach styled lighting

The car has been developed, of course, in the way to fit into the tastes of windsurfing lovers.

From the outside we can recognize it mostly by the characteristic front, which is a lot different from the version available in the showrooms. In the new, high front bumper four openings were fixed. This kind of a radiator grille has in the same time a lighting function, in every opening there are LEDs in a shape of a circle. The lower part of the bumper contains fog lights.

Fiat 500L - Vans US Open of Surfing

This lighting is meant to allow surfers organizing of parties on the beach during the night. The stream of light in the front part of the car can allegedly in a sufficient way illuminate a large area.

The roof painted in the pattern of a chessboard with a fixed roof rack is something that brings itself into attention, The rack will fit a few beach type accessories, but most of all can fit two boards.

On the side of the car black alloys stand out. Apart from that the car is kept in marine, navy-white colours.

Colourful interior

It is different on the inside, because there we can find a lot more colours. Attention is mostly brought to the dashboard, which straight away reveals that the concept car was made in cooperation with Vans company, making shoes and sports accessories.

In is the logo of this firm, in a variation of colours that decorates the dashboard. The first impression brings along the idea of graffiti and at closer look, with letters cut out of newspapers or stickers.

On the navy blue cloth upholstery of the seats there are patters, that for some can resemble... marijuana leaves. Or maybe the leaves of a palm tree? This is not something that we can resolve.

Headrests are white, while the pedals have brown overlays with geometrical patterns, that resemble shoe soles.

The concept version of the Fiat 500L is powered by a 1,4 litre four cylinder engine with a turbo charging of 160 KM and a 6-gear gearbox.

It wasn't all about presenting the technical abilities. The aim was to show, that Fiat can prepare a car which in its style will fit into the surfing style. And that is exactly what they did.

Translation: Karolina Strzałkowska

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