Zender Abarth 500 Corsa Stradale Concept
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The Fiat 500 Abarth Gets More Awesome with the Zender Abarth 500 Corsa Stradale Concept

The Fiat 500 Abarth is one of my favorite cars in the world but the folks at Zender have rolled out a heavily customized version of the Abarth 500 that makes the sporty Italian compact inside, outside and under the hood.

The Zender name is best known for their aggressive body kits for German models from BMW and Volkswagen but as the company looks to branch out – Zender has introduced their Abarth 500 Corsa Stradale Concept. While this sporty compact packs a predictably elaborate body kit from Zender, it also features a list of performance add-ons and interior dress-up items to give this Abarth 500 a distinctly powerful look that is backed up by improved performance.

Zender is known for their body kit packages so it should come as no surprise that the Abarth 500 Corsa Stradale Concept has an elaborate exterior package that includes a carbon fiber wide body kit with a super aggressive front fascia, sharp side skirts and a prominent rear diffuser that has the dual exhaust tips poking through the rear fascia. Zender has also added a unique rear spoiler extending off of the curvy roofline and 18 inch wheels that help fill the flared fenders. These improvements give the Abarth 500 an exterior styling that looks like something right off of a race race but it is done in a manner that isnt too extensive.

After the exterior was taken care of, Zender turned to the performance of the Abarth 500 Corsa Stradale Concept. First, a fully adjustable coilover sport suspension setup has been added to give this Abarth a lower stance while also improving the ability of this car to hammer the curves. Next, Zender went under the hood where a larger turbocharger, new pistons, new camshafts, an upgraded fuel system, a stainless steel exhaust system and a full engine tune help to beef up the 1.4L turbocharged motor. The result of these changes is a jump in power from the 160 offered by the standard Abarth 500 up to 236 horsepower. The company claims that their Abarth 500 Corsa Stradale Concept can dash from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 6.5 seconds en route to a top speed of 144 miles per hour – compared to the 7.2 0-62 time and 130 mile per hour top speed of the standard Abarth 500.

Unfortunately, there is a good chance that the Zender Abarth 500 Corsa Stradale Concept will never see any sort of regular production. Keep in mind that Zender is a body kit company – not a drivetrain performance company so there isnt a good chance of the engine upgrades and suspension package showing up in the Zender lineup any time soon. However, this package has to exist for a reason and if I had to guess, Zender may begin offering this great looking widebody package to Abarth owners who want their Italian subcompact to have an even sportier look.


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