ZENDER ABARTH 500 CORSA STRADALE CONCEPT
Clearly this is the week for sub-tonne, four-cylinder, 240hp Italian sports cars!
458 Speciale you imagine, both sharing a track focus with some road concessions.
But the Zender 500 doesn't forego luxury like the Ferrari it emulates. The sports seats are still hide-covered (with contrast stitching, of course) and all the standard kit appears present.
The properly interesting stuff is elsewhere on the Zender 500 concept. That up-and-at-'em , tarmac rally car stance comes courtesy of an entirely new front end with wider wings, some swollen arches, side skirts and a new rear diffuser/spoiler arrangement. The new pipes, high up near the bootlid, are a lovely nod to the Speciale too. Or it's a very nice coincidence.
Moreover, the entire body is now constructed from carbon fibre. Zender hasn't released a kerbweight but given the standard Abarth is 1,035kg, it must now be around a tonne.
Anyway, we do have some performance figures. 62 mph comes up in 6.5 seconds (traction issues presumably) and 124mph in 24.7 seconds. Frustratingly, there isn't a 0-100mph time, which would probably be more relevant. Zender claims a top speed for the Corsa Stradale of 144mph.
Given the amount of exorbitantly-priced special editions Fiat keeps churning out, it's disappointing there are no plans to produce the Zender Abarth 500 at the moment.