I suppose if you throw enough money and development at something you can make anything go fast and look good. Take this Fiat 500 Abarth for example. In stock form the U.S. version is said to have about 170 hp, a figure that seems pretty good in a car that’s no bigger than a roller skate. You’d figure with that much power in such a pint-sized package most people would be feeling pretty good about it. However the tuners at Hamman and H&R are not most people, so they decided to have a crack at getting a few more ponies out of Fiats little play toy.
By utilizing new camshafts, forged pistons, new connecting rods and an enhanced turbocharger, these guys have managed to wring out a whopping 275 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque from the Abarth’s 1.4-liter mill. They’ve also incorporated a racing clutch and limited-slip differential to help quell the torque steer, as all that power is sent to the front wheels. Larger brakes, up to 305 mm in diameter, can also be optioned onto the car if so desired.
On the outside a new body kit utilizes wider wheel arches, side skirts and aggressive front and rear fascia’s with integrated quad-style exhaust outlets. 18-inch wheels running your choice of a 215/35/18 or 225/35/18 tires are also available. All in all I think that the little Fiat is a pretty aggressive little beastie sans the gaudy two-tone paint job. The big question though is, will we be able to get this kit on U.S. shores…