Karl Abarth is that guy you wish you could be. He was an Austrian who raced motorcycles before taking Italian cars and turning them into racing cars back in the early 1960s. Successful racing cars, too. So successful that the Italians fell in love with Abarth and made him one of their own. Now his name is synonymous with Italy and one Italian automaker in particular—Fiat.
When Fiat introduced the new 500 to America, you didn’t have to be a genius to guess that a tuned up version was in the cards. The 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth is a wicked little rocket with outlandish looks and an aggressive exhaust that burps and blats whenever you back off the accelerator. It’s a lot of fun to drive on the street, sure, but the automaker says the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth is “designed for track-day enthusiasts and driving purists who want the ultimate high-performance small car with the pedigree of an exclusive Italian exotic.”
Looking past the PR fluff in that statement, we see the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth is pitched to “track-day enthusiasts” as “the ultimate high-performance small car.” Hard to believe, right? With some serious competition on the market, we’d have to agree.