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If you're a real "driver" get one
By bircken on
2013 FIAT 500 Abarth 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
As I said in the title, if you enjoy driving and take it seriously, get one. I was very pleased with my 500 Sport (35000 mi) but longed for a bit more 'oomph' to play with. It's handling and overall demeanor was really good and involving but getting up to speed was lacking. Enter the Abarth. As someone else stated in a previous review, the many changes made to the car to cope with the added power turned it into a different animal. The power is there, the steering more direct, the brakes (helped by the 17"tires) are like hitting a wall, the shifting is more direct and positive. Short of driving a race kart on the streets, this is 'it'. You just have to hear the engine fire up. Love it!
All the dynamics: accelerating, handling, steering response, brakes. Relatively comfortable ride to boot (considering the firm suspension).
All the features that one would expect from a modern car are there regarding creature comforts inside.
Looks like the terrier that will chew up your ankles if you make him mad.
The only two complaints, and it applies to all 500's, is that the passenger seat is too high and limits the size of your co-pilot (my wife thinks it's fine though, but she's only 5'4"...) and that the Beats sub-woofer eats up a big chunk of the trunk.