Fiat strapped a turbocharger to the 500's engine and tuned the suspension, turning the stylish little Italian city car into a loud little beast.
Abarth is the tuning division of Fiat, with its own unique badge. The name comes from Karl Abarth, who began tuning Fiats in 1952. He chose the scorpion for the badge based on his astrological sign, Scorpio.
Fiat began selling its small 500 model in the U.S. last year. It has previously been very successful in Europe. The Abarth version includes a turbocharger, lower gear ratios, and a sport-tuned suspension.
Cosmetically, the Abarth is not very different from the standard 500. It has the Abarth badges and different paint options, but the same roofline. The modern 500 is a good retro take on the historic 500, although the new car is much larger than the old one.