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California tuner reveals 247bhp Fiat 500

20th August 2014

Fiat's 500 supermini is a firm favourite for its eye-catching styling and agile performance, and California-based tuner Road Race Motorsports (RRM) has taken this a step further with a heavily revised version.

Called the M1 Turbo Tallini Competizione, the tuning specialists have kept Fiat's 1.4-litre turbocharged engine and ramped up the power available to 247bhp, with torque also now at 339Nm. This translates to an extra 112bhp and 133Nm, which RRM believes will take the car from 0-60mph in under six seconds.

Alongside changes under the bonnet, a new suspension set-up, brakes, slip differential and carbon-kevlar clutch have been added to cope with the extra muscle, and the body has also been reshaped. To improve stability at high speeds, the 500 has been given a lower and wider stance, while aerodynamic modifications include a rear spoiler, front air dams, side skirts and hood vents.

A lightweight carbon-fibre body kit enhances the vehicle's visual appeal, adding exaggerated wheel arches over 16-inch alloy wheels and Toyo Proxes tyres. There's also bucket race seats, a roll cage, and five-point safety harnesses inside to keep occupants secure.

The model will enter production in the US but in a limited run of 50, and motorists in the UK have plenty of choice when it comes to the factory-fitted 500. With Lookers in Stockport, you can choose from the two-door 500, 500C convertible and 500L compact MPV.

Discover each by enquiring with our team at Lookers Fiat soon and scheduling a test drive.