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2012 Fiat 500 Abarth [w/video]

Perfectly Imperfect Pint-Sized Pocket Rocket You can learn a lot about a car by the way it sounds. Fire up a Lexus LS and you'll hear practically nothing. Rev the snot out of a BMW M3 and your ears will be beaten by high-pitched traces of Formula One; do the same with a Dodge Challenger SRT8 and you'll be taken back to 1970 with a low, burbling rumble. Bear in mind that all of these machines mentioned are powered by V8 engines, long the bastion of beastly automotive soundtracks. Clearly, each car's designers tuned all eight cylinders, their assorted valves, camshafts and exhaust... Read More

Vital Stats

1.4L Turbo I4
160 HP / 170 LB-FT
5-Speed Manual
$26,700 as tested
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    Fiat 500 Abarth
    First Drive: 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth [w/video]

    As Well-Heeled As An Italian Supermodel Not to spoil the rest of this article, but the number one thing that the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth has going for it is its styling. That isn't to say the rest of the car isn't worth writing home about – quite the contrary, actually – but if there's one driving factor that makes you want to run to the Fiat ...

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