• Jul 12th 2012 at 2:29PM
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  • Fiat 500L Launch
  • Fiat 500L Launch featuring the first in-car coffee maker ever offered in a production car.

Generally speaking, until we've had at least twice of the FDA's recommended daily allowance of caffeine, we aren't as observant as we need to be. For instance, when we wrote about the newly announced Fiat 500L, we were so distracted by its massive glass roof, seating for five and the potential of six engine choices we totally overlooked a small, but buzzworthy option.

When launched, the 500L will be the first production car in the world to offer a "true espresso coffee machine." Yup, right there between the front seats plugged into its very own power source will be an actual, water-boiling, caffeine-dispensing, java-juicer.

Developed by famed Italian coffee maker Lavazza, the "Coffee Experience" kit comes with car coffee cups, a spoon holder and its own sugar container. At least one media outlet says the kit will cost €250 (about $300 USD). Fill the Lavazza 500 base with water and pop it into the center cupholder. The heating element boils the water, steeping the coffee-filled pod in the top part and, seconds later, you have a piping hot cup of brew.

Well, not you. Unless you live somewhere other than the States. Because while we fully expect the 500L to be sold here, there's no indication from Fiat that the Coffee Experience kit will make it through the gauntlet of attorneys just itching for a good burn lawsuit. It could happen, but it's not likely, so we're guessing 500L owners will want to keep an eye out on eBay for retrofit possibilities. Check out a couple of videos by scrolling down to see if it percolates your interest.

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The FIAT 500L, which was launched to the media this week in Turin and which goes on sale in Ireland at the end of the year, is the first production car in the world available with a fully integrated espresso coffee machine as an accessory.

Designed in cooperation with famous Italian coffee-machine producer Lavazza and using the company's convenient "A Modo Mio" pod system, the espresso maker integrates perfectly into the passenger compartment, free of power cables and including a dedicated set of accessories to keep the interior neat and tidy, including a spoon holder, pod dispenser and sugar container.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too much emphasis on gimmicks nowadays.
      • 3 Years Ago
      as much as i love this idea, i've had one too many bad experiences with drinking (coffee) while driving. looks like it could get rather messy.
      The Wasp
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think they should integrate it into the roof of the vehicle and have a straw/tube down from the coffeemaker to each seat.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally , an option that's useful.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nuts! I suppose you still have to take the thing inside to wash it, and then remember to return it to the car. Unless I missed the fact that there is a dishwasher in the boot of course! Now, are the headlight bulbs easy to replace?
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's what we need-people making coffe while they text and drive.
      Carbon Fibre
      • 3 Years Ago
      What makes this any different than texting? Nothing like programming your coffee late night for early morning brew, youd have to be lazy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did Homer Simpson design this car?
      to your email L
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wasn't there a Simpson's episode about this. Homer had a microwave and a TV in the car too I think.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What will be next, cooking while driving. Who thinks of all these stupid ideas. Oh yeah Stupid people... bad enough we have people texting while driving now this..
      • 3 Years Ago
      next will be legislation banning making coffee while driving.
      The Man
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's next? A microwave oven? A smoothie blender? Oh wait... here's a good one... an iron and ironing board! Get the wrinkles out on your way to the office!
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