The Italians Are Here: 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth

We continue DT’s Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving celebration with this Fiat:  The 2012 release of the Fiat 500 for the US market was actually a success from a sales perspective, even if the JLo returning to the Bronx ad was as fake as the so-called “Moon Landing.” Not to mention the Charlie Sheen Abarth advertisements that started airing just as Charlie Sheen was in full-on Warlock mode.  Frankly I think that Cher would have been a better choice over JLo for an Italian car because Cher’s performance in Moonstruck was far superior to JLo’s in the Wedding Planner, but the North American version of the new 500 is built in Mexico. Anyway, find this 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth here on eBay bidding for $12,900 reserve-not-met with 1 day to go, located in San Ramon, CA.

I gotta be honest with you when I say that I appreciate any car that can be identified from the exhaust note when it fires up.  The 500 Abarth fires up with a rorty brapp out of the 1.4 liter Multi-Air inline-4, which is mounted transversely and mated to the front wheels.  If you think it is noisy at idle, just wait till you mash on the loud pedal and folks from blocks around hear the 160 horsepower and 170 ft-lbs of torque exit the exhaust through little in the way of a muffler. 

Don’t expect Mercedes-Benz levels of comfort inside the 500, but the Abarth version features garish sport seats, a manual 5-speed shifter, and a thick leather wrapped steering wheel that is far nicer than the original $27k MSRP might suggest.  (Fully loaded comes near $32k if you were not paying attention).

See a better late model front driver with a short wheelbase?