Scorpio

November 18th, 2010

Karl Alberto Abarth was a Scorpio.

Scorpios are all about intensity and contradictions.  They appear cool and collected on the outside, while underneath boils tremendous power, strength, and passion.  They give the impression of being detached and unemotional, though they possess strong willpower and fierce determination.  They may appear small and frugal, but are a blast to drive.

…What?…

Abarth began converting run-of-the-mill Fiats into small, affordable sports cars in the 1950s, under the sign of the scorpion, and since then, the scorpion-badged cars have represented race-bred performance at a reasonable price.  So, imagine my giddiness when I found out today that the Abarth version of the Fiat 500 will be making it’s way to the U.S.!

As someone who follows the auto industry, I’ve known – and been excited about – the fact that Fiat will soon be returning to the U.S., due to their recently consummated relationship with Chrysler.  I was even more excited upon finding out a few months ago that Fiat’s reintroduction would begin with the diminutive 500.  It’s obvious from this post over a year ago that I’m a fan of small-but-fun cars.  And I don’t mean the slow, decontented ones we typically get here in the States.  The fact that the Abarth is one of the flavors that will be available to us is unexpected icing on the automotive cake! (Go over to the website and build one for yourself!  …Unfortunately, the Abarth option isn’t active yet…)

Fiat 500 Abarth

I’m hopeful that the 500 will do well here.  In my opinion, it should.  It’s in the same vein as the Mini Cooper, albeit slightly smaller.  (Though not so small as the not-so-Smart.)  The Abarth is like the Mini Cooper S – after a brief stay in juvie.  It’s the badass little econobox that says, in a cute little Italian accent, “Per favore, mi scusi,” while punching you in the face.

It’s a Scorpio.


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