Magneti Marelli, Chrysler’s Mopar collaborate on Abarth-based Venom

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 20, 2012

Italian supplier Magneti Marelli and Chrysler Group's Mopar components brand are working together on a design exercise, which is based on the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth. The design will add horsepower and reduce the weight of the vehicle, which is dubbed Venom. The automobile has a range of carbon fiber components such as the side mirrors and hood that makes it around 200 pounds lighter compared to the 2,512-pound Abarth. 

The Venom utilizes additional exhaust components and software updates to increase the output of the standard 160-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged engine in the Abarth by as much as 25%. Its roof is accented with a large matte-black Scorpion, which is the legendary symbol for the Abarth. 

The Venom was showcased to the people in media in Las Vegas to demonstrate the off-the-shelf bespoke options available to European customizers from Mopar and Magneti Marelli, which is part of Fiat Group in Europe. Currently, the components are not available in the United States.

Topics: chrysler, mopar, abarth

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