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2017 Fiat 500C Abarth

Pictures from FCA

I love it when I get to drive a fun car. That's the Fiat 500C Abarth in a nutshell - fun.

Obviously there are many, many cars that have more horsepower and are faster and quicker. But fun isn't always the ultimate speed or the most tire smoke.

Don't get me wrong, the Abarth is not a slug. It gets from 0-60 mph in just under 7 seconds according to those that do performance testing. Not bad for a tiny little engine. The Abarth's 4-cylinder displaces only 1,368 cc's yet produces 160 hp when ordered with a 5-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed automatic is available but the engine loses 3 hp with it (why?). Some may find a 5-speed manual kind of retro but it works just fine.

One of my major likes of the 500, any 500, besides the point and squirt attitude, is the seat height. I can't think of any other small car that is so easy to get in and out of - you sit at chair height not on the floor. This helps give you the feel that the 500C Abarth is big…

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