Well, the scorpion is finally here. After almost 5 years of pining for the European version of the Fiat Abarth, Americans can finally rejoice in the fact that these speedy little hatches will be hitting dealerships (studios) in less than two weeks. I had the pleasure of taking a few of them out for a spin to see what all the fuss was about.
Front to back, this little devil shines. From all the air intakes and cooling vents of the front to the extended wing in the back, the Abarth version of the Fiat 500 will never be confused with it’s more prim and proper sibling. With all the scorpion badging to the slick new wheels, from the small displacement turbo to the ridiculously rumbling/grumbling/burping/firing exhaust (there is no muffler, just straight pipes), the Abarth steps out into a market that was becoming increasingly more boring with each year.
I’m happy to see that Mini will have some competition these days. Maybe this will force Mini to come out with a car that doesn’t just redesign the roofline of the current Cooper. Reduced weight, more powerful drivetrain, and enthusiast driving habits are at the core of the new Abarth. And the little bastard really did get the blood pumping and I hope to see them screaming around the roads very soon. Hatchback fanboys rejoice.