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Abarth Reviews


Abarth was founded in 1950 as a hill climb and sports car racing constructor. Carlo Abarth’s company expanded into producing tuning equipment and engines for various Fiats alongside its own racing models. Fiat was glad to have its products branded with the Abarth scorpion badge, and its best-known cars were the tiny and giant-killing Fiat 500- and 600-based models.

After a flirtation with Simca in the early 1960s, Abarth was taken over by Fiat in 1971 and continued to denote performance models, although it became little more than a trim level during the 1980s and '90s, it's returned to prominance, and has been relaunched as a separate division by Fiat.

Good: All the fun of the Fiat Spider, but with considerably more performance
Bad: High maintenance and a little bit temperamental
Good: A less obvious Mini-Coooper alternative
Bad: Try finding one in the UK
Good: Amazing performance from this little buzz-bomb
Bad: Parts and support are best found in Italy
Good: Huge amounts of fun, and eligible for so much historic racing
Bad: There are many cars that offer more bangs for your buck