Zender usually makes bodykits for German car manufacturers, but as the Zender Abarth 500 Corsa Stradale concept shows, it also likes to dabble with Italian motors every once in a while.
The Zender Abarth 500 Corsa Stradale concept is a bodykit for the already stylish Fiat 500 Abarth. It includes flared wheel arches, a new front and rear bumper, custom side skirts, arch-filling 18-inch alloy wheels that match the white paintjob and a hefty rear spoiler. Did we mention much of the kit is made from lightweight carbon fibre?
This is far from subtle but then again, neither is the engine. Its 1.4-litre four-cylinder has been cranked up to 11. Output is 236bhp – 76bhp more than standard – thanks to a larger turbo, upgraded engine management system, new exhaust, modified camshafts and pistons, larger fuel pressure regulator and a revised fuel injection system.
Zender claims all that fettling results in a 0 to 62mph sprint of 6.5 seconds, 0.7 seconds faster than the standard 500 Abarth. 0 to 124mph takes 24.7 seconds and top speed is 144mph, instead of the usual 130mph.
Helping you harness all that extra power are reworked suspension of the height-adjustable coilover variety and Pirelli P Zero Black tyres, while the stainless steel pedals, custom door sills and custom two-tone orange and black leather sport seats make this particular 500 Abarth more than a bit special.
Sadly, there are no plans to turn this concept into a reality ─ so we’ll have to badger Zender until it changes its mind. Failing that, turn up to its factory with a suitcase full of money.