The Monza-based tuning company Aznom has taken the Fiat 500 Abarth back to it rear-engine design days with their model called the Motore Centrale. This mid-rear mounted powerplant now produces 230 PS and 330 Nm of torque, while the weight has been reduced to 1050 kg. This allows the Fiat 500 to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 240 km/h. Performance tuning for the Fiat Motore Centrale consists of a new Garrett turbocharger, 200-cell catalyst, and new injectors to handle the extra air. A Bilstein suspesnion package was installed for improved handling with this Fiat tuning kit, however hit the jump to see the video of the car trying to drift, because it doesn’t turn out so well.
In the works from Aznom is a track version of the Fiat 500 Abarth Motore Centrale that is planned to be called the R280 Pista. The tuners announced that this Fiat sports car will produce 280 PS with a curb weight of only 950 kg. The track times should improve dramatically from these modifications, giving the Fiat an acceleration time of just 3.9 seconds now for the 0 to 100 km/h time. Top speed is said to reach the 260 km/h range, and lets just hope the car can handle better with a better grip throughout the turns.