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Hamann's ludicrous 197kW Largo

2009-09-23 07:34
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Hamann
Model Largo
Engine 1.4l turbo
Power 197kW @ 5 630r/min
Torque 348Nm @ 4 200r/min
This is the Largo. It’s from Laupheim in Germany. Looks like a Fiat 500, yet has the performance potential of a Ferrari hatchback.

Hamann, they’re German, quite a high-end tuning concern too, usually fettling vastly expensive supercar exotica.

Obviously the technicians were a bit bored, or somebody brought their wife’s Fiat 500 to work, for there is no rational reason for the mechanical witchcraft which is the Fiat 500 Largo.

Abarth not hardcore enough for you?

Fiat’s boundlessly popular, and disarmingly cute, 500 gets a significant going over by Hamann’s technical specialists.

Depreciating the bubble-shaped hatch’s cuteness is a new front bumper with LED lights, fore and aft lip spoilers, side skirts and a rear diffuser to round off airflow management modifications.

Bulbous wheelarches are the result of a 30mm fore and 35mm aft wheelarch extension kit. Underneath the manic little Fiat is a full ground effects package – which hints at the performance potential.

Brake rotors are 20mm larger than the Abarth version. Red calipers are four-piston certified. New wheelarches add a dollop pf attitude.

Rolling in the muscular wheelarches are Anodized matte-black 18-inch alloys shod with 215/35 profile rubber on the front axle and 225/35s at the rear.

Those huge wheels allow Hamann to fit larger, 280mm, brake rotors actuated by four-piston callipers, whilst individual wheel control is managed by a coilover suspension kit which drops ride height by an alarming 60mm.

Ground effects, massive wheels and tyres and four-setting adjustable coil-over suspension, surely a case of overkill for something as harmless as the Fiat 500? Well, not quite.

Proper rear diffuser and a set of dual exhausts hint at performance potential. This is the best view most Ford RS and Audi S3 owners will ever have of the Hamann Largo...

Real pocket-rocket power

Fiat's 1.4l turbocharged engine is taken to unspeakable levels of tune by Hamann.

All the company currently admits too is the presence of a new manifold and performance exhaust fitted to the 1.4l mill. Quite how it generates 197kW of power and 348Nm of peak rotational force is beyond us.

No less, if these figures ring true (and Hamann is one of the world’s most reputable tuners) this Fiat 500 Largo, with 197kW overwhelming the front wheels in a car weighing less than a ton, could be the most entertaining way to commit automotive suicide yet.

We cannot fathom how Fiat's torque transfer system ccould cope with quelling wheelspin though, which would essentially be a default driving dynamic…


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