Supercars and their fancy carbon fiber engine covers be damned, we have a clear winner here in the name of Abarth’s 300hp four cylinder rally car.
Do you want an Italian car that sounds as gnarly as a Ferrari but you can park at Trader Joes? Enter the Fiat 500 Abarth. What do you need to know before you buy a Fiat 500 Abarth? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you everything right here in the Ultimate Buyer’s Guide.
Fiat turned the regular 2017 Fiat 124 Spider into an Abarth 124 Spider with 170 horsepower, a mechanical LSD, Brembo brakes, Bilstein dampers and a loud exhaust, and while they were at it, the performance brand also rolled out a rally version for Geneva. Oh hell yeah.
Our pals over at Carwow convinced one of their artists, Yasid, to mock up a bunch of rally cars. Not just any rally cars, though — the goal was to take the modern re-births of cars that once had rich rallying history (well, mostly), and see how their modern interpretations would look in full rally kit. I think the…
Think the only way to come away with a trophy at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is with a fat stack of money and your best spats on? Guess again.
The Bertone designed and built Fiat 850 Spider was a small 2-sear roadster that sourced its rear engine setup and mechanical parts from the higher volume Fiat 850 sedan. The nuts at Abarth created a hopped up version with a bigger engine and called it the Fiat Abarth OT 1000 Spider. Don't ask me what OT stands…
Can you think of a car that looks less at home in America than a tiny Abarth with a coachbuilt body and four times as much performance as the Fiat it was based on? Meet the Californian Fiat Abarth Zagato 750 GT Corsa, one of only 21 ever built.
Yes, I'm aware that this is an Alfa Romeo concept built by Pininfarina three years ago and plans have changed since. But please bear with me.
Only for its off-road capabilities, obviously.
It's fair to say that almost all petrolheads have all dreamt of becoming a racing driver at some point in their life, and our man Stuart is no different. But at the not so tender age of 31, short of a lottery win or death of a stupidly rich relative he never knew he had, this dream was never going to become a reality.
It's no secret that the Fiat 500 Abarth is a favorite among your Jalopnik staff. It's quick, it handles ridiculously well for a front-driver, and it emits sounds that put some Ferraris to shame. Now Fiat is considering spreading the Abarth love around their lineup a little more.
If you watched this weekend's Monaco GP you probably watched a shot of F1 cars getting up on two wheels over and over and over again (there wasn't much passing to show). Did you know you can also do that with a Fiat? Here's a European Abarth Esseessee doing the same at (UPDATE: a virtual) Monza.
While I was testing the Fiat 500e, I found myself once again fortunate enough to be able to share a meal with some of Chrysler/Fiat's engineers and designers. As always, I took advantage of the opportunity to propose some ideas for cars that fit into my own perverse agenda, and I got some quality feedback.
I'm happy that Fiat loaned me one of these, because, really, this was the car that started it all. It was about a year ago, and I had just gone on my first press drive. It was for the Fiat 500 Abarth, and I was pretty smitten. The little car had just that right mix of fun and usefulness without taking itself too…
Just look at it! Red leatherette, an aluminum shifter knob, a bit of chrome and fake wood here and there, a lovely three-spoke steering wheel and two massive dials telling you what's the deal. Carlo Abarth knew how to rock.
Italians like to drive and have a good time, but they also understand that not everybody can afford a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. Since they are also brilliant at designing revy engines, it's not surprising that when it comes to hot hatches and nimble sports cars, they don't have to go for the Golf GTI or an MX-5. From…
We're glad to see that Fiat's cloth-roofed 500c has gotten an injection of Abarth. Because if there's anything that's cooler than a sporty little car, it's a sporty little car that lets in lots of sunshine.
If you can't park a car as small as a Fiat 500 Abarth, you just might be the worst parker in the world.
Ritmo in Italian means rhythm or beat. In any language, Abarth means fast. Put them together and you've got today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe 130TC. That sings a rare tune in any language, but will its price make it even rarer in your driveway?