How it looks
Oh. My. God. It’s adorable!
From the outside the Abarth looks very much like a regular 500. There’s no aggressively swoopy bodywork. Abarth has kept it simple. The Fiat badges have been replaced by Abarth ones. And Abarth scorpion badges are on the side. And in back. And inside. There’s a racing stripe with “Abarth” written on the side. So, really, quite a lot of scorpions visible from any angle. Alright, so maybe it’s not all that simple, or subtle.There’s also a noticeably larger, but, one suspects, quite non-functional spoiler above the rear hatch.
Overall, it’s a very retro-inspired design, and it follows what American manufacturers are doing by giving new cars updated versions of classic designs. But, whereas the modern Ford Mustang looks like it doesn’t belong in this century, the 500 does. This is because Italian auto designers in Turin know what they’re doing, and American ones in Dearborn do not.
I’m becoming a big fan of Dale’s auto reviews. Read the whole thing and I think you’ll see why.
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