Road Race Motorsports has become the latest tuning specialist to jump on the ‘insane modifications’ bandwagon by releasing this heavily-revised take on the Fiat 500.
Called the M1 Turbo Tallini Competizione, the good news for fans is that the car will actually enter production – although numbers are limited to 50. Prices in the US range up to $100,000 (£59,000).
Taking a similar approach to the 1,150bhp Severn Valley Motorsport Nissan Qashqai R we drove recently, RRM’s comparatively conservative effort sees power from Fiat’s 1.4-litre turbocharged engine hiked up to 247bhp, with torque now hitting 339Nm.
That’s an increase of 112bhp and 133Nm over the UK-spec Abarth 500, which the Californian-based tuner reckons will help see its M1 Turbo hit 0-62mph in just a shade under six seconds.
Alongside a limited slip differential, 20% better brakes, an all-new suspension set-up, and carbon-kevlar clutch, Road Race Motorsports claims its 500 “will prove fully competitive with trackday specials like the Lotus Exige”.
Improving the standard Fiat’s high-speed stability was apparently central to this aim, so along with a wider, lower stance, there are aerodynamic modifications in the form of rear spoilers, front air dams, side skirts and hood vents.
Helping the RRM 500 M1 Turbo Tallini Competizione stand out is a carbon fibre body kit, including bulging wheel arches to accommodate the 16-inch rims and Toyo Proxes tyres. Inside there are bucket race seats, a roll cage, 5-point safety harnesses and custom controls, all of which goes towards a 54kg lighter kerbweight.