The exterior pieces are the only things that give any hint as to something serious lying underneath the Italian hatch's hood. Actually, the engine now sits in the back, for starters. Starting with a base Fiat
500, the design studio added a widebody kit to the exterior along with some aerodynamic pieces, such as new bumpers, redesigned side skirts, roof-mounted air intake, large fixed wing, reinforced chassis and a dual-exhaust system. Power for the 550 Italia comes from a detuned version of the Ferrari
458 Italia's 570hp 4.5-liter V8, now developing around 550hp.