Why do I want a Fiat 500 Abarth?

My futurewife calls it a “fast clown car”. My mother was very surprised I would want something so “much rounder than my 300ZX“. While I can’t argue with the lack of a standard sports car profile on the Fiat 500, there’s just something about it that excites me. I’ll admit that the base model is a bit Beetle-ish and not necessarily any more exciting than a Smart Car, although it is Italian. But the Abarth version really hits the right notes for me. You probably already know about all the improvements and differences between the Fiat 500 and the Abarth version, I’ve attempted to cover it well enough myself, but what truly got my interest started in the car was its feature on Top Gear.

Being on Top Gear is essentially my main requirement for any car that I buy. If it wasn’t at least made fun of by Jeremy Clarkson, then I don’t want it. While of course he did poke fun at the Fiat 500’s pint-size aggression and Abarth’s absolutely mad history, he also did a much better job of explaining why I would want one:

Be sure to check out TopGear.com’s full review of the car.