Faster, Lighter Fiat 500 Previewed -- Should it Go on Sale?

March 20, 2012
Fiat 500 Abarth Venom Front Three Quarter 1
Want an even faster, lighter Fiat 500? European supplier Magneti Marelli and Chrysler Group's Mopar concocted a special version of the Fiat 500 Abarth, dubbed Venom, that has more power and even fewer pounds than the existing hot hatch.
Shown to reporters in Las Vegas, the concept car was designed to show how the Fiat 500 could be customized with parts from both Mopar and Magneti Marelli, the latter a subsidiary of Fiat. By using carbon fiber for parts like the hood, mirrors and seats, the groups were able to trim the weight of the Fiat 500 Abarth by 200 pounds to about 2300 pounds. Power from the turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four engine has been increased about 25 percent by way of a new exhaust, air intake, and a reprogrammed engine computer. As the Abarth produces 160 hp in U.S. specification, we'd guess this modified car makes around 200 hp. There also are new front and rear strut braces to firm up handling.
Unfortunately, the parts shown on this Venom concept car are only available in Europe. We'd love to see performance add-ons for the Fiat 500 and its Abarth sibling, but so far there are no plans for such products from Fiat. What do you think? Is the Fiat 500 Abarth deserving of aftermarket tweaks, or does the scorpion-adorned hatchback have enough performance as-is? Have your say in the comments section below.
Sources: Automotive News, YouTube


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