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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fiat500USA Tuner Report:HAMANN-Motorsport tuning program - 275hp

HAMANN is an ultra-high end tuner from Germany, renown for their spectacular work on Porsche, Mercedes, Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc. They have just released a tuning program for the Fiat 500 Abarth that is equally spectacular, with power reaching to 275hp.

That a company like HAMANN would invest in a tuning program for the 500 Abarth shows the Abarth has the panache and the air of exclusivity that can hang in there with the big boys. The Abarth may be small, but it's not an econo box. You can pull up with confidence to HAMANN GmbH in your 500 Abarth, and that's something you just can't do in a Cobalt GT.

Rest assured all you hot rodders out there, when the Fiat 500 Abarth shows up in America, there's still plenty of performance to be had out of the 1.4L Turbo. Be sure to bookmark HAMANN's US sales branch!

Below is the press release from HAMANN GmbH for your entertainment.

From the friendly bubble car to the wild beast: the HAMANN performance kits for the Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth esseesse

At first glance, the Fiat 500 does not really seem to fit into the HAMANN-Motorsport program. But the company based in Laupheim is not only one of the most renowned refiners for BMW-models and exclusive luxury cars, but also popular cars – and without any question the retro scooter surely belongs into that category. Since the model has been introduced in 2007, HAMANN has offered dynamic modification kits for the Cinquecento which meet large approval with the fans.

Now the next strike of genius follows: HAMANN provides the Fiat 500 with more power. The Abarth version is the center of attention – Fiat´s sports model. Yet, the factory-made 135 hp sound rather modest. But HAMANN now changes that with five performance enhancements.

Already the smallest upgrade “HS I“ boots the little scooter up to 160 hp by applying some well-directed changes in the engine electronics. The torque rises from 206 (152 lb.ft.) to strong 285 Nm (210 lbs.ft.). But this is not yet the end for the 1.4 liter petrol car.

The next upgrade “HS II” pushes the Abarth to 180 hp and 295 Nm (218 lbs.ft.) torque. Software setting, modified exhaust turbo charger, optimized air filter case with sports air filter as well as...

a two-pipe end muffler – they all make this impressive result possible.

But the HAMANN technicians even go one step further with the performance kit “HS III” which renders 210 hp and 310 Nm (229 lbs.ft.). This can be attributed to a turbo charger with smaller geometry, a new fuel supply and an optimized engine electronic.

The vehicle transforms from the friendly bubble car in the back mirror into the wild beast with the help of the two race-qualified modification kits which contain an entire engine modification.

For the power setting “HS RACE” for example, HAMANN uses forged pistons, enhanced connection rods, a modified turbo charger with charge air cooler, a race clutch with weight-optimized one-mass flywheel and a new control electronic – altogether this renders 240 hp and a torque of 330 Nm (243 lbs.ft.).

For optimum deceleration, there are sport brakes with a four-piston caliper and 264 mm or 305 mm large brake disc's.

The Abarth turns into a real missile with the modification kit “HS CINQUECENTO 575“. Compared to the “HS RACE”, it also contains a re-engineered cylinder head with adjusted camshaft, two charge air coolers as well as a self-locking differential. This leads to an impressive power of 275 hp while the torque is catapulted to 380 Nm (280 lbs.ft.).

Furthermore, HAMANN-Motorsport offers an alteration for the manual transmission. By applying a long fifth gear, the engine rev is decreased by 500 r.p.m. which allows a higher end speed. Moreover, customers can order a self-locking differential which allows a locking capacity of up to 50 percent and therefore significantly increases the traction. Both components and the power settings can be also combined with the Fiat 500 Abarth performance kit “esseesse“ by the manufacturer.

HAMANN presents the remarkable broad built LARGO as a perfect match for the sporty power makeover. New aerodynamics components made of light composite materials are produced for the modified design language of the trendy Italian. Perfectly processed extensions seamlessly fit into the design and render a masculine appearance.

The re-engineered front skirt with integrated LED daytime running lights is the striking eye-catcher. Special wing extensions are fitted at the front and the back. These make the car body wider by impressive 30 millimeters at the front axle and 35 millimeters at the rear axle. The perfectly designed side skirts act as a visual connection between the two.

And also the new rear has much to offer: sports exhaust systems with two- or four end pipes and a Ferrari-like diffuser impressively enhance the back section. All HAMANN components do not only convince with their look, but also with their aerodynamics. They enable an optimized airflow over the vehicle silhouette and render additional down thrust.

Different HAMANN sports suspensions ensure a better handling and so does the newly developed design wheel LARGO FORGED ANODIZED which perfectly matches the new, sporty look. The black matt anodized, one-part rim is offered in the size 8.0 x 18 (front axle) and 9.0 x 18 (rear axle). HAMANN recommends tires in the dimension 215/35 R18 or 225/35 R18. A favorable alternative is the cast rim HM EVO. The hallmark of the modern style shown in this 18-inch rim is the glossy black varnish with the diamond-polished rim star and the classy well. Five elongated and vaulted triple spokes confirm the visual and technical finesse. The rim is offered in the size 7.5 x 18. HAMANN recommends tires in the dimension 215/35 R18 at the front- and 225/35 R18 at the rear axle.

But it is not only the dynamic design of the rims that convinces its drivers, it is also the low weight that reduces the unsprung masses of the car.

As an alternative to the broad-build program LARGO, the tuning specialist also offers the “sportivo-line” for the Fiat 500. Front skirt, side wings and rear skirt emphasize the trendy look of the retro scooter and so does the design wheel HM sportive I. The black matt varnished, one-part rim has a diamond-polished outer edge and is offered in 7.0 x 17. Here, HAMANN recommends tires in the dimension 195/40 ZR17 or 215/35 ZR 17.

An aluminum pedal set including foot rest and a floor mat set with embroidered HAMANN logo accentuate the dynamic interior focus. The Fiat 500 Abarth program is stylishly perfected with a flag decoration.

For more information about the extensive HAMANN tuning program, please visit the web site

Kässbohrerstraße 3
D-88471 Laupheim

Phone +49 (0)7392 / 9 73 20
Telefax +49 (0)7392 / 9 73 22 22
With thanks to HAMANN GmbH


Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the info on this great performance program for the 500!
Have you learned any info about whether or not any of it will be available to US customers?
I would love to be able to make my 500 wider (when I get it) so that is one thing.
The other is the performance upgrades.
If you can get them to ship parts to the US, I suppose you would need a fairly talented mechanic to do the job, depending on the level of implementation?
Also, if in California, I wonder if ANY level of implementation would make it so the vehicle no longer passes smog?
larry said...

Given enough interest, I'm sure anything is possible.

Here's a contact person at HAMANN America for you:

Norman Yung

email is:

The US website is:

I would love to see HAMANN equipped Abarths here in the US. The body parts are probably not so much of a problem. Engine tuning is a whole different animal. Contact them and see, just tell them you read about it here;)

Thanks for the comment, Chris

Unknown said...

I like it cool,amazing

Anonymous said...

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