Tasty Italian: O.CT tunes the 500

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Fiat's neo-500 has been warmly embraced by tuners, and Austria's Oberschider Chip Tuning (O.CT) has turned its focus to the teeny tiny 'talian. The car is purposely designed to evoke the 1960s, so why should the performance numbers be any different? Even with tuning, the horsepower from the 1.3 liter diesel is still under 100, though a bump from 75 to 90 is useful. Even better, torque goes up to 133 lb/ft from 107 in stock tune. It's enough to whack a full three seconds off the 0-60 time, though Corvettes will have covered a quarter mile in the same amount of time. Of course, speed is only part of the equation, and there are wheel upgrades in several colors to punch up the visual ante, too. With all the tuner support popping up for the 500, anticipation for the car's arrival in the U.S. market is beginning to reach Episode 1 levels.

[Source: Inside Line]

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