Cohort Outtake: Splateagle Misses His 1998 Fiat Coupe 20V Turbo

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Longtime CC Commenter splateagle’s avatar is his former 1998 Fiat 20V Coupe Turbo, named “Hobbes”. Apparently it was totaled in an accident, as he’s posted shots of a similar yellow coupe at the Cohort. But he also put this one up of “Hobbes”, shot back in 2008 on an outing to the Scottish Highlands. These coupes were obviously both prescient and a bit polarizing when they arrived back in 1993, and are the work of Chris Bangle, before he moved to BMW. His first car, actually, as Chief Designer. Perhaps not everyone’s cup of Typhoo tea, but it certainly stands out, especially in that yellow.

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Splateagle shot this virtually identical car in Leith, near Edinburgh, this one showing of the Fiat’s distinctive tail, the first “Bangle butt”.

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This car was parked awkwardly, so it was hard for him to get a proper shot of its front end. One of the comments left at the Cohort was that this car reminded him of a Pontiac Sunfire. Good call.

The 20V Turbo was the most powerful version, with 223 hp from its 1995 cc in-line five cylinder, with a top speed of 150 mph (255 kmh). No wonder splateagle misses Hobbs.