Italian tuner takes the Fiat 500 back to its rear-engined roots with this Motore Centrale model based on the 500 Abarth.

This Italian tuner has taken the Fiat 500 back to its rear-engined roots.

Monza-based Aznom has developed this Motore Centrale, based on the Fiat 500 Abarth, which features a mid-rear mounted engine producing 230 PS (169 kW / 227 bhp) and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque.

Weight has also been reduced on the car, now down to 1050 kg (2314 lbs), making for an impressive 0 to 100 km/h sprint time of just 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph).

Tuning work on the 1.4 liter power plant includes a new Garrett turbo, a 200-cell catalyst and new injectors. The Motore Centrale also comes with a Bilstein suspension kit.

The tuner is also developing a track version of the Motore Centrale called the R280 Pista. It promises to have 280 PS (206 kW / 276 bhp) and a curb weight of just 950 kg (2094 lbs). 0-100 km/h should clock in at 3.9 seconds and the car will have a top speed of around 260 km/h (162 mph).