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PostSubject: MID-ENGINED 500 ABARTH   Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:04 am

Italian aftermarket firm Aznom has moved the engine in the Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse one notch closer to its proper place (ie out behind the rear axles) by creating a mid-engined version of the Italian hatch.

In place of the back seats goes a 230bhp version of the blown 1.4 Abarth engine. Driving the rear wheels.

The car is called the Motore Centrale R230 (we can see how that name came about), and Aznom claims a top speed of 155mph, with the 0-62mph sprint covered in around 5.0 seconds. Hilariously, Aznom says it is working on a lightweight 900kg track version with up to 280bhp.

But for now fans of maddened Abarths will have to 'make do' with the road version, which gets larger brakes, its engine mounted in a custom cradle, and Bilstein suspension.

No prices have as yet been revealed for the car, which will make its public debut at the Top Marques show in Monaco this week.


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PostSubject: Re: MID-ENGINED 500 ABARTH   Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:06 am

Now i'm sorry... all that work and fit that engine?!

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PostSubject: Re: MID-ENGINED 500 ABARTH   Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:07 am

Would of been better with a Fezzer 360 engine
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PostSubject: Re: MID-ENGINED 500 ABARTH   Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:41 am

Spec isn't too shabby...shame it's a girls car Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: MID-ENGINED 500 ABARTH   Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:54 pm

My missus wants one of these, think I'll tell her to buy that one Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: MID-ENGINED 500 ABARTH   Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:02 pm

I think it could work really well, may be abit shy on power for something going RWD but will keep the sale price down and would be pretty quick regardless. I want a go in one!
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PostSubject: Re: MID-ENGINED 500 ABARTH   Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:15 pm

That'll be immence fun. Having driven my mum's 1.2 around some lanes and giggled more than when I drove the passion wagon around Llandow, that'll be a proper laugh!

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PostSubject: Re: MID-ENGINED 500 ABARTH   Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:18 pm

1.4 230bhp?! Crazy Very Happy I love the standard one, this is superb Very Happy
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