The Fiat 500 Abarth has been given modifications including a 1.4-litre turbocharged powerplant that produces 133bhp and a smooth flow of power from 2,000rpm. The Fiat 500 Abarth is capable of 60mph in less than eight seconds and on to a 128mph top speed. The suspension has been improved significantly to increase composure through the bends and the brakes have been upgraded for more secure stopping.
The ‘city button’ that is featured in the standard Fiat 500 models has been changed to a sport button in the Fiat 500 Abarth, instead of making the steering lighter, it weights the helm up for more feel and a sportier driving experience. With the Sport mode engaged, the Fiat 500 Abarth has 206Nm of torque at 3,000rpm instead of 187Nm at 2,500rpm which equates to more muscle to make the most of the car’s handling.
Inside the Fiat 500 Abarth much of the standard 500’s interior design is retained, the body-coloured plastic runs across the dash with the gear lever integrated below and the air-con controls arranged in neat circles. The sports steering wheel is trimmed in leather and the sports seats also get leather coverings and large side bolsters to hold you in place. The turbo boost gauge is another addition for the Fiat 500 Abarth and at its centre is a warning light that prompts the driver to change gear at the opportune moment. It shows the best time to shift up or down for the greatest fuel economy in normal mode but press the Sport button and it turns its attention to maximising performance. The combined cycle economy figure of 52.3mpg and emissions of 155g/km make the Fiat 500 Abarth one of the most affordable fast hatchbacks to run and make it accessible to groups of buyers who may have previously considered such cars out of their price range. Prices start at £13,600 on the road.