German tuner Hamann tweaks the 500 to within an inch of its life
18 September 2009

German tuner Hamann has squeezed 261bhp from a Fiat 500 Abarth. The Largo is the most extreme 500 yet from the company, which usually specialises in tweaking Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

Details are scant regarding what exactly Hamann has done to almost double the output of the 1.4-litre turbo unit in the standard 500 Abarth, the company only referring to the stainless steel exhaust and sport manifold. Maximum torque is said to be 257lb ft at 5630rpm.

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The Largo sits on 18-inch lightweight alloy wheels and Hamann coilover suspension lowers the centre of gravity by 60mm.

Wheel arch extensions stretch the car by 30mm at the front and 35mm at the back and a new bodykit gives the Largo extra aggression. A rear diffuser is said to help glue the supermini to the road.

Ventilated 280mm brake discs at the front are gripped by four-piston calipers. Performance data and prices have not yet been announced.


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18 September 2009

I'd love to see a road test of this, or perhaps the risk assessments conclude it's too dangerous.

I wonder if it torque steers?

18 September 2009

Thats crazy.

I cant imagine this actually appeals to many people really, but lets face it, it could show up a LOT of saxo/corsa/clio boys at the traffic lights, as they try to race "that girls car".

18 September 2009

Couldn't agree more.

Torque steer is just one issue, the car looks tall in basic form and i don't think you could lower anymore so the Cof G would be to high also the short wheelbase must make it twitchy even at 7/10th's, no, to much power the Ferrari version looks just about right.

Peter Cavellini.

18 September 2009

So mad you've got to love it really. Almost as much as the local tyre dealer will love you for buying it!

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