Poison dwarf gets power boost

Pete Mait

The series production version of the diminutive Fiat 500 Abarth already has a sting in its tail, despite packing a modest 135bhp under the bonnet. But after graduating from tuner Karl Schnorr's academy in Herborn (Hessen), the scorpion-badged Italian sports model has an even more poisonous bite. Schnoor offers a choice of two performance kits boosting output to 163 or 200 horsepower. In addition, the master tuner also spruces up the car's visual appeal.