14 Sweet Versions of Regular Cars

Zara's Abarth 500Photo by Julien C. Viciana


2. Fiat 500 Abarth

The regular Fiat 500 is nothing special. A weak motor and underwhelming road performance leaves a lot to be desired, which is why the Abarth model is such a breath of fresh air. Under the hood is a beefy 160 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder. A five-speed manual is standard, with a six-speed automatic being optional. The handling is responsive and feisty, with a lowered suspension giving it a lower center of gravity. This allows the Abarth to handle sharp corners and rough roads with ease. Either a coupe or a softtop convertible is available, so you can rip through traffic with the wind in your hair. The gas mileage is reasonable, with 24 city and 32 highway estimated MPG, so you won’t need to stop too often as you race from place to place.

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