We don't remember the last time we heard the phrase "cafe racer" applied to a car, but we'll get to see just such a beast at this week's SEMA show. Fiat is applying the cafe racer philosophy to a 500, which means chopping it, dropping it and stripping the lightweight machine down even further, "Taking it down to the essence of what you need to drive a car."

You can watch the story in the video below. We'll have lots of pictures of the real thing from Las Vegas in just a few days.

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      I'll wait to see the final product before forming a final judgment, but my initial impression is that this body style isn't a shape that's going to look good with a chopped top.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Strip it down in weight. Mod the engine. Mod the suspension. And don't forget the chewing gum soft tires. Now kick some asphalt.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are they going to add clubmans and rearsets? After all they are calling it a cafe Racer....
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is the guy in the pic modeling the new seats?
      • 2 Years Ago
      "2 words": 1800lbs & 180HP.
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      Will they charge $10,000 more for the stripped-down version just like Porsche?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please never again post a story with that man's picture and the words "stripped down" in the title. This is making me wonder how many of the guys dreaming about vehicles that have 200 pounds shaved off could shave 200 pounds off the weight of their vehicle by not hitting the drive through.
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you're going to call it a "cafe racer," build it to "race." Put in a roll cage, seam weld the shell, put in mounts for a sump guard, reinforce the suspension points, etc. Save weight by leaving out A/C, stereo, sound deadening, etc. Keep the original top to retain structural integrity and have enough headroom for the driver to wear a helmet. The car these guys are building appears to be more "custom" than "cafe racer."
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