Fun, compact, and decidedly Italian, the 2013 Fiat 500 extends the return of the brand to the U.S. with a full fleet of variants, though the one we're most interested in is the Fiat 500 Abarth.
Synonymous with Fiat performance for decades, the Abarth brand returns to the U.S. alongside the Fiat 500, bringing with it 1.4 liters of turbocharged fun in a stylish, sporty, and surprisingly capable sub-compact platform.
With 160 horsepower and just over 2,200 pounds curb weight, the Fiat 500 Abarth is something rare in the modern era: light and rather powerful. On track or on the street, the performance is readily accessible and thoroughly enjoyable. Echoing the behind-the-wheel fun, the Abarth's throaty exhaust lets everyone in a 100-foot radius know what's going on--which can be both a blessing and a curse.
Despite this focus on sport and style, the Fiat 500 Abarth is surprisingly comfortable--for front seat passengers. Yes, there is a nominal back seat, but it's best reserved for...