Rinspeed is known for their revolutionary designs have come up with a tuned up version of the Abrath 500. For those not in the know, the Abrath 500 is a steroid ridden Fiat 500 producing an amazing 135bhp from its 1.4 litre 16v turbocharged engine, in a car already known for its fun driving.
Thus Rinspeed has taken it a step further, and in line with their ‘inspiring-other-carmaker/tuners’ motto, they have released the E2. E2 meaning 2 forms of energy levels that will be available and controlled by a button in the cockpit. The commuting mode will only release 60horses and will only need a liter of fuel per 100 kilometers.
But when the long straights of the motorway beckons, the Highway mode will produce a more interesting 160 bhp, so expect to be blown away. Logically, this would mean more fuel being used thus expect a return of seven liters(1.5gallons) per 100km(62 miles).
Rinspeed boss Rinderknecht, believes that he is on the right path to automotive tuning and is hoping to nudge the automotive and tuning industry in this direction. Fiat 500, 500 Abrath and now this, all brilliant cars, I look forward in seeing this actually being produced and not just a few words of marketing by Rinspeed. I will definitely go out of my way to get behind the wheels of one of these machines.
Rinspeed will also showcase the iChange concept at the Geneba Motor Show next week. The iChange is able to change its body style to accommodate more passengers depending on the requirement.
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