Zender unveils 240-horsepower Fiat 500 Abarth

The Zender-tuned 500 sprints from zero to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds.

Tuner Zender has unveiled a heavily-modified version of the Fiat 500 Abarth called 500 Corsa Stradale. The city car on steroids is the first 500-based model the Zender has unveiled since emerging from bankruptcy.

The Zender-tuned 500 gains a full carbon fiber body kit consisting of wide fender flares all around, a big trunk-mounted spoiler, chiseled side skirts and a one-piece front fascia that tilts forward to provide unobstructed access to the engine bay. Race-inspired 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires and an air diffuser that incorporates two chromed exhaust tips finish off the look.

Inside, the car packs stainless steel pedals, illuminated door sills and sport seats upholstered in black and orange leather.

The most important modifications are found under the hood, where the tuner has squeezed 76 extra ponies out of the 500's 1.4-liter four-banger by fitting reinforced pistons and connecting rods, a specific camshaft, a larger turbocharger, a stainless steel exhaust system and a re-mapped ECU. Now rated at 240 horsepower, the engine propels the Corsa Stradale from zero to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds - 0.7 seconds faster than a factory-spec Abarth - and on to a top speed of 144 mph.

Zender says the Corsa Stradale was mostly designed to show the world it has recovered from its financial issues and it is not slated for mass-production, but similar creations from the once-famous tuner will likely be available to order in the coming years.

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