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With the Fiat 500 having just launched at the LA Auto Show, the aftermarket has already started releasing plenty of toys for the Italian economy car. Set to debut at the Essen Motorshow in Germany later this month, Hamann and H&R have teamed up to release their Fiat 500 rendition and there’s quite the surprise under the hood.
Hamann has taken the little Fiat 500 and turned it into a potent street machine, taking the stock 135-hp to an impressive 275-hp. Move over MINI Cooper! The horsepower bump is attributed to an ECU retune and a new exhaust. Worth noting however is that the horsepower jump comes from the 1.4L turbocharged powerplant – so the ECU retune obviously shoves in a ton more boost and fuel.
Along with the performance upgrades, Hamann has come up with an entire kit with new front and rear bumpers, side skirts and wheels. Braking has also been enhanced through Hamann. All of this means nothing if the car is still rocking a stock ride height. Thankfully H&R has already developed a lowering kit for the Fiat 500 and a set of their billet wheel spacers gave the wheels a more aggressive fitment.
GALLERY: Hamann and H&R Fiat 500
In case you can’t tell, all you have to do is take an exotic (or luxury) car, wrap it in matte black and the internet will immediately go nuts about it. There’s just something so sinister and so menacing when you go and take a car like the Audi R8 and rewrap the entire car in a matte black finish, pair it up with matte black wheels and sprinkle in some carbon fiber body pieces.
As much as we like to think one day we’ll get sick and tired of this matte black craze, we wholeheartedly believe it’s here to stay and is part of the style and culture in car customization. And honestly, there’s just no denying what a nice matte-colored wrap does to a car’s aesthetics. But enough about the flat black style, this R8 from SR Auto Group has been dubbed Project Pur R8 Phantom and sports some subtle, yet sleek mods.
Breaking up the dark exterior is a set of bright red brake calipers that contrasts the matte black 20-inch wheels. Carbon fiber goods are in the form of front lip and rear spoiler, both from Hofele. PPI contributes with their carbon fiber rear vents and front grill.
As for performance, SR Auto Group is offering H&R lowering springs (pretty run-of-the-mill) and ECU tuning. No horsepower figures on the ECU retune though.
GALLERY: SR Auto Group Project Pur R8 Phantom
[Source: Top Speed]