Vilner is a brand that has been creating custom automotive designs for over 20 years. For all you know they probably customized a Batmobile for Bruce Wayne! The Fiat 500 Abarth 595 is their latest design project that gracefully embodies all things Italian. “The Italians definitely know how to make a good design,” says Atanas Vilner, the artist behind the scenes of the Vilner studio. The two head offices of Vilner are based in Bulgaria and Beijing – where rides come from all over the east and the west to get “Vilnerised”.
Mass production has its own set of pros and cons – one of the cons being that the car tends to lose its individuality. That is where Vilner comes to your rescue. “That’s one of the reasons we exist, we’re here to eliminate those restrictions in a unique and tasteful fashion,” says Atanas as he moves on to talk about the Fiat 500 Abarth 595’s design. According to him, it is a very good base for a creative project – a unique design which underlines the Italian origin of the vehicle and also boosts the sporty persona of Abarth.
The Fiat 500 Abarth 595 has the Italian tri-color on the left side of the car as asymmetrically arranged longitudinal stripes. The stripes reflect on the inside as well – a projection of the flag covers the ‘Ghiaccio White’ dashboard and continues down through the left side floor mats. This design was intentionally placed on the left because most of the times the owner sits on the driver’s side of his car and there was no reason to hide this creatively patriotic design element on his seat and floor mat.
But knowing Vilner, nothing is ordinary, not even the floor mats! The floor mats of the Fiat 500 Abarth 595 are actually art pieces in their own right. The floor mats feature Alcantara center sections with leather on the outer edges finished with “595” embroidery. The same luxurious materials appear on the seats and door panels.
Vilner is a master at incorporating several details for a complete theme while still keeping is subtle, like if you look underneath the side armrests, and there are hidden leather Italian flags! The car’s high-end interiors also include black Alcantara upholstery in the center console and around the panoramic sunroof. And to show a little boldness of the Italians, the Fiat 500 Abarth 595 features red seatbelts.
“The idea is both to say where is this car from and to symbolize the multi-layer nature of 595’s character,” says Vilner. Beside the tri-color stripes, Vilner further emphasized the factory graphics on the doors with an ‘Abarth’ stripe on the top of the windshield and the spoiler on the back is wrapped in a red and white checkered flag. The Fiat 500 Abarth 595 isn’t all looks though; it also features the stock turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder and an optional performance upgrade – the Record Monza Abarth exhaust.
In Vilner words the end result is a world-class design example that “screams Italian no less loud then Lapo Elkann’s Italia Independent”. The only Italian element missing from this car is if it came with free pizza on purchase, right?