The Fiat 500 is many things, but ‘hot’ is not usually one of them.
Road Race Motorsports
That is until now, when the dinky supermini received a performance upgrade courtesy of Road Race Motorsports, a custom service shop based in Santa Fe, California.
Dubbed the Fiat 500 M1 Turbo Tallini Competizione, the upgraded 500 comes with a carbon-fibre body kit to cut the regular curb weight by 54kg, as well as 16-inch alloy wheels.
Other exterior add-ons include a front air dam and hood vents, side skirts and a large rear spoiler.
The flash outside is matched with a host of modifications to the inside, as well. Road Race boosted the output of the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine to a blistering 246bhp.
As a result, roughly three seconds is shaved off the stock 500’s 0-60mph time, meaning the Road Race version can do the sprint in just six seconds.
Additional inclusions to transfer power to pavement includes a limited-slip differential and carbon-kevlar clutch, plus upgraded suspension components.
The interior gets bucket seats with five-point harnesses and a roll cage, and Road Race claim that this evil 500 will be able to hold its own against “trackday specials like the Lotus Exige”.
Fiat 500 M1 Turbo Tallini Competizione
Unfortunately, only 50 examples of this model will be made, all built to order, and prices can range from between £10,000 to £60,000 or over, depending on exact specifications.
However, for those who are a fan of the Fiat 500 but still want track-ready performance, there’s always the standard Fiat-Abarth 500.
Available as both a hard-top and a cabriolet, the model mixes the cute styling of the traditional 500 with power that’s pure Abarth.
The model has also found a home with a number of celebrity fans, including BT Sport’s MotoGP presenter Melanie Sykes, who bought an Abarth 500C earlier in the year.
A 1.4-litre turbo-charged engine gives the 500C a top speed of 128mph, and 0-62mph time of just 8.1 seconds.
The roof can be lowered at speeds of up to 37mph, meaning drivers won’t have to pull over to a complete stop to raise or lower it, and the car can seat four in comfort.
It also comes with wide a range of equipment as standard including electric windows, an MP3/CD player with six speakers and body colour bumpers, as well as a 185-litre boot for extra storage.
Pricing for the Fiat-Abarth 500 starts from £14,920, while the standard Fiat 500 is currently priced from £10,320 for the basic model.