Listen to this gurgling little slugger!
The 500C Abarth was perhaps the closest kindred spirit to the Fiesta ST we crowned as Most Fun around the Road America Go-Kart Autocross track. And while the Fiesta ST's induction path in the front of the car definitely sounds good, it really cannot compete with the amazing aurals out back from the Fiat.
The Abarth 500C's drop-top is a welcome piece of kit for the fun little machine - operating smoothly and in a power-operated fashion that makes losing the whole roof panel as easy as opening a normal car's moonroof.
Where the Fiat 500C Abarth felt a bit short of verve was in the driving position and the overall crispness of the controls - namely the spongy brakes and soggier-than-expected handling.
But where these might be demerits on a tiny, tiny test track -- the more-relaxed settings will be a real asset out on the highways and choppy city roads of the real world.
Both real-world and fantasy track use will always let you enjoy the popping howl from the exhaust of this charming scorpion -- the Fiat 500C Abarth will never be a dull way to floor the throttle, that is for sure!