The German company was a rather successful tuning company back in the good old days before the recession, but in 2008 it closed its “aftersales tuning” division. They are back now with a catchy high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth concept.
Zender didn’t really die as a company, but rather existed in the shadows by selling their products through other companies and they now made a very quiet apparition at the 2013 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show this month. You can imagine how quiet, since we were there, but somehow overlooked them.
Back to the prototype in question, the Zender Abarth 500 Corsa Stradale Concept features an aggressive new body – from carbon fiber – which keeps well with the rest of the car’s design, has lowered sports suspension and 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires. One of the surprises of the concept is the clamshell front end, which replaces the standard hood – with the whole assembly tilting forward to allow access to the engine bay.
Thanks to Zender’s work, the modified version of the car’s standard 1.4 litre turbocharged unit now produces 236 horsepower and 247 lb-ft (335 Nm) of torque. Zender says that’s good for a top speed of 144 mph and 0-62 mph sprint time of 6.5 seconds.
We heard nothing of Zender up until now and the company seems to have no plans to put the concept into production but we really hope this signals the company’s return to the business.