2012 Fiat 500 Sport: A 500 I Can Get Behind
December 08, 2011
Our longterm 2012 Fiat 500 Sport doesn't do anything for me. But the other day I found a 500 (or perhaps technically not a 500) that does.
Spotted in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles, this is either a Fiat Abarth 695 or a 500 kitted to look like one. Excuse the grainy cellphone photo; the car was in the intersection but for a few seconds.
Anyway, with the 695, Abarth turned the wick up from 18 to 32 horsepower. That's nearly doubling the power to weight ratio! And talk about charm. This car is Jules Winnfield's Arnold-trumping piglet.
The irony is that there's probably nothing that this old Fiat/Abarth objectively does better than the 2012 500, but it sure looks the business. Then again, when closed its roll-top roof no doubt does a better job of shielding the sun than the mesh doily in our 500...
--Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor