The Abarth name burst strongly onto the automotive scene back in 1949. After a few decades of making aftermarket parts and racing machines, the name dropped into the background after it was purchased by Fiat in 1971. Now, however, the Abarth name has been given new life by the boffins at Fiat.
Our first hit of the revitalized scorpion arrives in a small package. It’s the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth, and it offers up one of the best sounding exhaust notes on the market today. Everything isn’t excellent though, because the small car has some big issues on the inside. Click past the break to see what I mean…
*Yes, I realize I said six-speed gearbox and we cut to a shot of the five speed. All I can offer up is a humble “oops”.
[Disclosure: Fiat allowed us to spend a week with the all-new 500 Abarth. A tank of fuel was included but a neck brace was not. Still, we had a blast listening to the engine and getting shocked looks from the rest of traffic as we snarled away into the distance.]