Fiat 500 Giannini is the Hottest of Hatches
Limited-production super-fast city car has a heavily tuned Alfa Romeo 4C engine and rear-wheel drive.
The standard Fiat 500 is available in states of tune that range from mild to wild. On one end, there’s the base Pop model with 101 horsepower and 98 lb-ft of torque. On the other, there’s the Abarth performance model with 157 horsepower and 183 lb-ft (when equipped with the automatic). The Fiat 500 Giannini recently shown at the Turin Motor Show is beyond wild. It’s an amphetamine-fueled barfight with swordfishes that ends in scream-crying into handfuls of terrified chinchillas.
The wrench-wielding wackos who created the Giannini took a 500, converted it to rear-wheel drive, and stuffed the turbo four from the Alfa Romeo 4C in the back end. Predictably, they went beyond even that. In stock form, the 4C’s engine produces 237 horsepower. In the 500 Giannini, it pumps out 350. Goodbye rear tires, goodbye traction, goodbye sanity. Drilled and slotted front brakes with 6-piston calipers are there to scrub off the beyond-legal speeds this mini monster is bound to eventually hit. Then they stuffed a gaping maw and giant lights into the front end and bolted on a carbon fiber widebody kit, complete with pronounced louvres over each wheel. Thanks to the new rear engine layout, what was once the hood now features cutouts that show off the Giannini’s Öhlins shocks.
The company that produces the Giannini doesn’t plan to make more than 100 copies of it. Something this bonkers and rare won’t come cheap. According to Motor 1, “each one of them would cost around 150,000 euros ($168,230), depending on the level of a client’s customization.” If you’ve got that kind of money and you’re willing to spend it on this nuclear-powered rollerskate, remind us to never get on your bad side. You’re beyond wild, too. We’d hate to get a swordfish spear in the eye.
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via [Motor 1]