• Dec 16th 2010 at 8:57AM
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Abarth 500 Monza by Fenice Milano & Romeo Ferraris – Click above for high-res image gallery

Like weddings in the Deep South, everything with cars is relative. For instance, we'd strain to call most cars with racing stripes running every which way "subtle." But when the treatment comes from Fenice Milano, anything short of gold chrome is understated. See? Relative.

The Milanese design house is the same that has gilded everything from the Fiat 500C to the Rolls-Royce Ghost. But for this special edition, they've teamed up with Romeo Ferraris, the Italian tuning house that's given us custom Corvettes, Land Rovers and of course... Fiat 500s. Okay, so between them there's no lack of love for the retro hatchback, and this is the embodiment of their shared passion: the Abarth 500 Monza.

A limited-edition tribute to the legendary grand prix circuit, the Monza edition is limited to just ten examples. So what makes it so special? Well it's got red and blue racing stripes – the track's official colors – that do a wicked Herby the Love Bug impression, sans Lindsay Lohan (for better or worse). But while the stripes continue into the white leather interior, this isn't just a trim package.

Romeo Ferraris stepped in to nearly double the engine's output, upping the horsepower figure from 135 to 260. They also threw in 280mm Brembo disc brakes, 205/40-R17 Yokohama tires and a full aero kit. And in case that wasn't enough with the special treatment, each example gets a brass plaque with the owner's name, an edition number on the shifter and a whole mess of Monza logos all over the place. Which may seem a little over the top, but again: think relative. And while you're mulling that over, check out the high-resolution images in the gallery below.

[Source: TopSpeed, autoblog.nl]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing is going to have more special and limited editions than the Ford Mustang.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why "french" stripes on design made by Italian house with iconic name like Ferraris (who cares about the s in addition)?
        • 4 Years Ago
        All its missing is a "53" on the side and LiLo at the wheel.

        Oh wait...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did they use a seat belt for the strap on that bag? Thats awesome! :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      ^^^ One of them throw back types always has to come out and blither out old cliches. Move on, it's 2010.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WOW! I'll take it!

      Hope a similar variant makes it to the USA in Abarth form.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh look they tuned it from 135 to 260 hp, and added some stri..... Wait how much horsepower was that? 260? TWO hundred and sixty? TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY?!?! Sweet mother of god!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am totally shocked that Autoblog didn't quote the price in euros and then try to simply convert that in dollars and claim it costs $89,000.
      Andrew Walsh
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mine is quick and it's the standard abarth, I love the noise from the 4 pot exhaust, lovely jubbly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Schweeeeet. I want one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's hope for a horsepower war between the Coopers, 500s, A1s, GTIs, etc. My preference would be the 4 wheel drives though, way too much torque steer when you go over 250 HP for such tiny cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dunno...it looks like they're paying tribute to 'Herbie the Love Bug' to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Some say...

      He's The Stig's Italian Mafia Connection...and in his downtime, he uses Facebook's Mafia Wars as a simulator for his next hit...

      ...All we know is...He's called Abarth Stig!!!
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