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 |  Sep 16 2011, 5:29 PM


Abarth showed off its 695 Competizione at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show and the Fiat 500-based Competizione is track ready packing over 180-hp with a roll cage. Abarth began by stripping the rear seat from the 500 and in its place is the rear bracing for a roll bar. And while we find Abarth’s claim that the 695 Competizione is a street-legal race car a bit of a stretch, we have to admit the extra performance and race-inspired interior does the Fiat good.

The 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder in the 695 Competizione produces over 180-hp according to Abarth and is put to the wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission. The transmission features two modes, an automatic Street and a full manual Track. The stock exhaust is nowhere to be seen, instead Abarth outfits the 695 Competizione with its Record Monza, two-mode system that opens up past 3000-rpm. 0-62 mph is rated at less than seven seconds with a top speed of 140-mph.

Modifying the suspension is a set of Koni shocks while braking performance has been enhanced with Brembo four-piston calipers. On the outside, the only difference the 695 Competizione features is a set of 17-inch wheels from the Tributo Ferrari and the Grigio Competizione Opaco livery. On the inside, the racing seats up front are reupholstered in leather and Alcantara while the instrument cluster was specially made by Jaeger. Accessories include a carbon-fiber dash panel and aluminum pedals with Abarth’s scorpion logo.

GALLERY: Abarth 695 Competizione

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 |  May 12 2011, 5:13 PM

Billionaire and Bruce Wayne archetype James Glickenhaus made headlines years ago with his bespoke Ferrari P4/5. And if gearheads weren’t already clamoring at his door in untamed jealousy, they might now: the Competizione is now race-ready, decked out in carbon fiber and a slew of sponsors.

Glickenhaus made plans for a racing edition back in 2009, starting with some Photoshopped entries. Over the course of the last year and a half it’s gone from a series of renders, to an actual mule, to a car that’s now had one race under its belt. Its next race is in Germany at the 6 Hours of the Nürburgring endurance. Eventually

And is Glickenhaus driving? No, he said back in 2009, “my driving in anger days are behind me.” He’s too busy spending his times as a crimefighting playboy instead.

GALLERY: Ferrari P4/5 Competizione


[Source: Jalopnik]

 |  Nov 23 2010, 8:57 PM


Fenice Milano’s Fiat 500 La Dolce Vita wasn’t exactly our cup of tea, but it looks like their rendition of Ferrari‘s 458 Italia might be more acceptable. Despite a horrible rendering released by the company, the tuner looks to be on the right track with this tuning package.

Based on our source, there is supposedly a performance increase from the vehicle, but the numbers released by Fenice Milano simply look like the stock figures of 400 ft-lbs of torque and 560-hp. The aerodynamics of the car are tweaked though along with a lightened body thanks to carbon fiber replacements on the roof, front and rear fenders, mirrors and spoiler.

Fenice Milano is also offering an entirely new aluminum frame for the 458 Italia which is paired with suspension tweaks. Outfitting each corner is a set of staggered 20-inch three-piece wheels wrapped with 235/35 rubber in the front and 325/25 rubber in the rear. The only performance modification they state in the release is a new exhaust system which we imagine is good for a few horses.

No pricing or availability was released.

[Source: GT Spirit]