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We're pretty sweet on the resurrected Fiat 500. The quirky little hatch is an engaging driver with adorable looks. It is not what we'd call fast, however – even the Fiat 500 Abarth just barely lands itself in "quick" territory.

Fortunately, there are hard-working souls out there willing to remedy the machine's acceleration deficit. Lazzarini Design has done some measuring and discovered that, with a little body work, the 500 can play host to much more formidable powerplant. How formidable? The crew wants to yank the beating heart from the Ferrari 458 Italia and plop the 4.5-liter V8 behind the seats of cinquecento. You know, where the car gods intended the engine in the 500 to be.

These are clearly our kind of people.

But they aren't entirely off their medication. The engine has been detuned from 570 horsepower to a more reasonable 550 hp. Lazzarini says the project actually stretches the 500 wheelbase by almost a foot in order to fit the engine and transmission safely aboard. The whole machine weighs in at 2,200 pounds, even with ballast on both front corners to keep the car planted. If you like what you see, the studio says it is currently looking for an investor to help build the machine. Lazzarini Design estimates the project will cost around $550,000. Check it out over at the Lazzarini site.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      The only way to keep it on the road would be leaving it in neutral.
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW made the Golf W12 Nissan made the Juke R I think FIAT should just go ahead and do this, just so they can join those 'elite' ranks of ridiculously powered tiny hatchbacks. ... and while we're at it, let's get MINI to make an M5 twin-turbo V8 powered Cooper.
      • 2 Years Ago
      IT is what hot rodders have been doing since cars started. Put a big engine in a little body (Comander Cody and his lost airmen and his hot rod Lincoln) I put a 360 V8 into my Plymouth TC-3 (Omni fastback clone) and love driving it. it gets 26 mpg, goes 100 mph in the quarter mile and there is room for a lot of improvement. And it also cost me less than $3500 to build.
        • 2 Years Ago
        MMmm not so much of what you said qualifies as hot rodders. I can not condone wasting time or effort that involves anything that looks like an omnia lol
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its a death trap. not much larger than a grocery cart.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Saw a similar project in Monterey back in the early '80s using a LeCar and a small block Chevy in the back seat. It's a fun idea, but the novelty must wear off pretty quick. Jay Leno and the gaggle of shieks can have it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      well nissan juke R has a competitor now
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      David H
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great concept but it should be priced around $325-350K, not $500K.
        The Angry Intern
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David H
        The $500k isn't the sale price, it's what the designers are estimating it is going to cost them to actually build this, since it's just a series of drawings at this point.
      john m
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll bet this thing is a total animal.
      Ejvind Andersen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just wondering, by the way. I take it that Montezemolo isn't just crating those engines out to anyone around? SO does this mean that they are just get a nice crate with a Ferrari badge on, and with a 458 engine in for that little skate, in exchange for their children? Or does it infact mean that one will have to go visit a landfill with engineless 458 behind a factory somewhere in Italy in the near future?
      • 2 Years Ago
        • 2 Years Ago
        Just build an evo to 600hp or more. No one expects a little 4 door to have that kind of power, let alone traction. It's a LOT cheaper than Ferrari parts.....
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a hard time believing they could cram a 458 Italia powertain and drivetrain in such a small and narrow space as the Fiat's.
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