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
- 1.4L Turbo I4
- 160 HP / 170 LB-FT
- 5-Speed Manual
- $26,700 as tested
Fiat is set to debut the high performance version of its fashionable 500 -- possibly in October at the Paris Motor Show -- and spy shots have revealed that development is well underway. If fans of the retro-mobile were let down by the Abarth model's relatively puny 133-horsepower and sub-eight-second run to 60, the SS model will improve those numbers ...
If you get e-newsletters from Fiat, you'll have noticed an ambiguous email in your inbox this Saturday. The email contained an advisory to mark the dates February 18 and 19 on your calendar, next to the Abarth logo for Fiat's performance division. Given that the email was the 500 newsletter, that can only mean one thing: the Fiat 500 Abarth is coming to ...