The Fiat 500 has certainly captured the world by storm, being the city car to own for many trend setters, largely due to the rich customization options with which you can adorn your tiny vehicle. Fiat’s tuning division, Abarth, has also used the same mindset and introduced quite a lot of special editions of the Fiat 500.
The latest one is the new Abarth 500 R3T, which is very special, as it is a rally-spec one. It will be entered in the 51st edition of the Sanremo rally in 2010 and in two other special rallies organized by Fiat and Abarth, in order to promote it.
Just in case you were wondering, this will be one seriously potent pocket rocket, with a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine which will develop almost 180 HP at 5,500 rpm. Coupled with the sequential 6-gear dual-clutch transmission, it will leave other competitors in the R3T rally group eating its dust.
But besides the engine, new adjustable suspensions which can lower or crank up the height of the car have been fitted, as well as 17-inch OZ rims hiding a performance braking system. In order to comply with safety regulations, a roll cage has been incorporated in the body, as well as special racing seats with 6-point safety belts.
Either way, this new Fiat 500 rally-spec model is certainly stunning to look at. Let’s hope that it will handle itself on the track next year.