Category: Comparisons

Fiat 500 Abarth vs Mini Cooper S vs Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Earlier this month, our friends at Winding Road had an opportunity to drive the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth as part of a comparison between the Abarth, the Mini Cooper S Coupe and the Hyundia Veloster Turbo. These three cars, each with base prices in the low $20,000 range, and similar in size and fuel economy, […]

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Cloth or Leather Interior?

Trying to decide between the cloth or leather interior for your Abarth? David from Fiat Forever has put together a nice little photo album comparing the two. Personally, I prefer the leather, even though it gets way too hot in the Texas sun. There’s just something about leather that elevates the luxury feel of a […]

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The Most Bang for Your Buck

The Most Bang for Your Buck

One of the phrases that gets thrown around a lot in automotive reviews is “bang for your buck”. Although I doubt Fiat will be using it in their upcoming marketing, the hot hatch segment has always been about combining performance and practicality, which often translates to a lot of bang for your buck. So what […]

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Best Car Under $30,000 (Used or New)

For those looking to buy a new-to-me (used) car, there are a lot of exciting models to choose from under $30k. I’ve been looking into buying a new car (when am I not?) and with the Abarth still months away, some other cars have come onto my radar. Namely the 370Z, the Evo X, and […]

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Fiat 500 Abarth vs. MINI COOPER S

Fiat 500 Abarth vs. MINI COOPER S

For the Fiat 500 Abarth to be successful, it needs to attract customers that might otherwise be attracted to the Mini Cooper S or the Volkswagen Golf GTI. While in Europe the Fiat 500 might be in a smaller class, here in American they’re all just small hatchbacks and city cars, which puts them in […]

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Fiat 500 vs. Abarth Part 4: Powertrain

Fiat 500 vs. Abarth Part 4: Powertrain

The differences between the Fiat 500 and its racing-inspired Abarth version are too many to list in a single post. So instead I’m continuing a four part series of posts that focus on the details of each aspect of the car: body, interior, handling, and powertrain. Now that Fiat has unveiled the American version of the Fiat […]

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Favorite Links of the Week

It is time for another installment of my favorite links of the week. Earlier this month I covered the Abarth 500 Cabrio Italia, with some spectacular promotional photos. Abarth officially debuted the car at the Frankfurt International Motorshow this year. That means that we got to see some more candid, up close and personal photos […]

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Crunching the Performance Numbers

Crunching the Performance Numbers

With over 170 horsepower and weighing in at just over a ton, the Fiat 500 Abarth has the chance to outperform the Mini Cooper S in pure speed. Read the rest of the article for the full breakdown of numbers.

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Fiat 500 Abarth vs Volkswagen GTI

I have already claimed that the Fiat 500 Abarth will be my next car, even though I’m still paying off the loan for my 2008 Volkswagen GTI. Why would I make the switch so soon? Well, there are many reasons why. Let’s take a look at the similarities and differences between the two cars. The […]

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The Abarths are coming!

The Abarths are coming!

This is a guest post by one of our own readers, James T. Baker. Are you still wondering if the Fiat 500 Abarth is really coming to the US? Of course it’s coming! Italian style and speed lovers rejoice! The Fiat 500 Abarth can’t get here soon enough. We need a car with the character […]

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