The Fiat 500 is a cool little city runabout. The Fiat 500 Abarth is a distinct automotive completely. It is nonetheless filled with enjoyable and funk, nevertheless it ups the ante with a punchy turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a soulful exhaust be aware, and a tossable demeanor.
The Fiat 500 Abarth debuted in America for the 2012 mannequin 12 months (together with a widely known Tremendous Bowl industrial that we’ll share under with out additional remark). It did not see many adjustments over the course of its seven-year run, and we have been unhappy when it was pulled from the US again in 2019. Fortunately, sufficient have been offered that they’re straightforward to seek out on the used market.
Why the Fiat 500 Abarth?
It is a heck of plenty of enjoyable to drive. It isn’t tremendous fast, however there’s sufficient energy to place a smile in your face. In any case, 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque (fashions with computerized transmissions provided up 157 hp and 183 lb-ft) feels strong with simply over 2,500 kilos to haul round.
Maybe essentially the most notable a part of the Abarth’s driving expertise is its burbly exhaust be aware. This is how we described it again in 2019:
“The little turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder has a gnarly burble at idle that would not appear misplaced in a muscle automotive. It solely will get higher once you begin cruising round. The burble turns into a raging howl, and shifting proper at redline ends in a whiplike crack. It is intoxicating.”
That was true then, and it is nonetheless true as we speak.
Plus, whereas we’ll get again to pricing later, it is fairly low-cost for a sporty little automotive.
Which Fiat 500 Abarth to decide on?
You’ve got bought two main selections to make. First, computerized or handbook. Second, mounted roof or sliding canvas prime. We’re suckers for clutch pedals, so we would be exhausting pressed to advocate the automated over the shift-for-yourself model, however actually the six-speed auto is not all that unhealthy.
The roof is more durable to quantify — it is under no circumstances like a standard droptop, as an alternative sporting a canvas panel that slides again like an enormous sunroof. We might recommend each variations and take a look at driving them at metropolis and freeway speeds and hopefully even in various climate situations, earlier than making a call.
The mannequin 12 months would not matter all that a lot, besides that pre-2016 editions did not have any form of infotainment system in any respect. The final 4 mannequin years’ little 5-inch unit is not precisely as much as modern-day requirements, anyway.
Count on to pay beneath $10,000 for an early 500 Abarth with an affordable variety of miles. Later fashions clearly price extra, however even in as we speak’s at present inflated used market it’s best to be capable to discover a good instance with low miles for round $20,000.
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What else to think about?
The five hundred Abarth’s most blatant competitor is the Mini Cooper S or John Cooper Works. Each a small European hatchbacks with strong energy from their little turbocharged four-cylinder engines and restricted on a regular basis usability. Neither is understood for its reliability, although, so if that is a significant shopping for determination we would recommend taking a detailed take a look at the Honda Civic Si or probably the Ford Fiesta ST. The Volkswagen GTI will be the quintessential sizzling hatchback, nevertheless it’s additionally greater and extra sensible than the five hundred Abarth.
For those who’re excited about utilizing a Fiat 500 Abarth as little greater than a second-car plaything, there are plenty of potentialities to think about. The Mazda Miata is a given, however $20,000 may also rating an older Italian (together with the Alfa Romeo Spider or Fiat’s personal 124 in unique or reborn kind) or British sportscar (however remember to avoid wasting further dough for restore work).