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by Brett Davis

Talk about pocket rocket. Hamann – the German prestigious tuning company that normally enhances Ferraris and BMWs – and H&R – the suspension gurus – have taken a hand to ‘revising’ the cute little Fiat 500. In true Hamann style it offers nothing short of blistering performance and head-turning presence.

Firstly, the Hamann team takes the soft and somewhat innocent body styling and splatters it in shards of carbon fibre and fiberglass. It now features heavily pumped guards, extended sills and front and rear bumpers, as well as a full-tilt carbon fibre rear splitter/diffuser complete with quad-exhausts.

Under the bonnet, the pokey 1.4-litre turbocharged engine goes from producing a handy 100kW to an almost ridiculous turbo-six-like 205kW, with help from extensive ECU and exhaust revisions. This is channeled through the front wheels of course, so to keep it all on the ground, H&R applies lower and stiffer springs as well as tuned shock absorbers.

Other features include billet wheel spaces behind Hamann wheels, LED lights incorporated into the front bumper, and also the obvious go-fast graphics around the bodywork.

John Cooper Works Mini owners, you’ve be warned.




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