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13 June 2019

The Fiat 500 from hell

By Mitchell TulkMitchell Tulk

Small, massively powerful cars are nothing new in the automotive world, Americans and Aussies love putting V8 engines into almost anything to create a death trap.

A Pennsylvania company called Hahn Auto Restoration is taking this to the next level by combining a 2012 Fiat 500 with a Dodge Charger Hellcat.

Instead of ramming the supercharged 6.2-litre V8 into the small hatchback, the team is dressing the Charger up in Fiat clothing.

But because the 500 is the size of a shoebox and the Charger is the size of a boat, in order to get the body to fit, over 250mm was cut out of the Charger’s wheelbase.

Even then only the rear of the Fiat sits flush with the back wheels, while the nose needed an extension to fit over the front of the car.

Judging by the images, the 500 shell will also be widened to help house those large tyres without needing to add flared wheelarches.

This creation reminds us of the ’78 Volkswagen Golf sleeper built by Guenter Artz. Called the ‘Super Rabbit’ from the outside it looked like your everyday Golf, but underneath it was really a Porsche 928.

Can you guess which one is stock? (image credit: Road and Track) Can you guess which one is stock? (image credit: Road and Track)

Should FCA put a Fiat 500 Hellcat into production? Let us know in the comments.