The scorpion badge is worn exclusively by Fiat's Abarth performance models, and new versions of the 500C and Punto Evo have just earned the mark.
It's not just the badge that gives these cars their fearsome looks. Both have beefy-looking bumpers with all manner of spoilers and skirts attached, while chunky alloys and chromed twin-exhaust tailpipes complete the package. If that's not enough, lairy paintjobs and in-your-face decals can be added as optional extras, too.
Fiat 500C Abarth
The real sting , though, comes from a pair of turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engines. The 500C's has 138bhp (5bhp up on the Abarth hatchback to offset the C's extra weight) and is linked to a semi-automatic paddleshift gearbox. The car is undeniably brisk, but the shifts are jerky and it's annoying that you have to press a separate button to select first and reverse gears.
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