The Fiat 500 isn’t short of performance editions – the esseesse being the top-of-the-range model offered by Abarth. However there are also numerous aftermarket tuners, like Camal and Romeo Ferraris, offering performance packages for the little 500. But none come close to the insanity that is the Fiat 550 Italia by Lazzarini Design.
Unlike all the others, which basically use tuned versions of the standard 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged Fiat engine, the Lazzarini Design Fiat 550 Italia is powered by the same V8 drivetrain used in the Ferrari 458 Italia. Although for the Fiat 550 Italia the power output has had to be capped at 550 hp because the chassis quite literally can’t handle any more. Like in the 458 Italia the 4.5 litre V8 in the Fiat 550 Italia sits in the middle of the vehicle – along with a modified limited-slip differential and the transmission.
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