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As the performance division of Fiat, Abarth specialises in creating fun to drive, high-powered versions of more mainstream models. Founded in 1949, the company now focusses on the compact Abarth 595 in Australia, with a range of curated special versions of its single-model range.

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2023 Abarth 500e review: International first drivePlayIconRounded
Review | 26 May 2023


The new all-electric 2023 Abarth 500e promises to stay raucous, fun and engaging – this time with an electric twist.
2022 Abarth 595 Competizione review
Review | 23 Dec 2021


While it oozes personality and charm, does the 2022 Abarth 595 Competizione also have what it takes to play with hot hatch newcomers?
2019 Abarth 124 Spider v Mazda MX-5 GT manual
Comparison | 30 Oct 2019


One of these things is quite like the other, but despite close ties, this pair of roadsters arrive at different outcomes.

2019 Abarth 595 Competizione manual review
Review | 28 Jun 2019
Is the 2019 Abarth 595 Competizione worth the upgrade?
2023 New Car Calendar for Australia
news | 23 May 2023
Here's everything coming to Australian showrooms in 2023 and beyond.
2023 Abarth 500e Australian details locked in, price to be confirmed
news | 20 May 2023
The Abarth 500e electric hot hatch is due in Australian showrooms later this year, with a limited-edition variant to debut before the 'standard' model arrives.
2023 Abarth 500e electric hot hatch price revealed for the UK, Australia to follow
news | 11 May 2023
UK pricing for the new Abarth 500e has provided a guide of how much Australian buyers can expect to pay for the electric-powered hot hatch.

Every car discontinued in Australia in 2022
news | 30 Dec 2022
Here’s a list of vehicles axed in Australia over the past 12 months – or are on their way out the showroom door.

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2021 Abarth 595 Competizione: owner review
Owner Review | 21 Oct 2022
2016 Abarth 595: owner review
Owner Review | 12 Oct 2020
The search for a first car for me was all about finding something that was fun and unique, to be different from everyone else. I was after a hatch with a bit of poke but also economical on longer drives. After considering cars like the Volkswagen Polo GTI, an older BMW 130i Sport and of course the Abarth. I decided the Abarth was what I was after, here’s why. I found the Polo to be fairly generic and rather boring most of the time, I considered a BMW 130i but felt the age of the car was something that I needed to be aware of, along with the rather poor fuel economy. Then came the decision to buy an Abarth. I love that it has so much character and is genuinely fun to drive. My Abarth has the manual transmission which is the go to, considering the MTA gearbox (single clutch automated manual gearbox) had common faults meaning the cost of maintaining it would be higher. I love the exterior looks of the Abarth, both cute but with some go faster stripes and the red brake callipers do set the car off. What I’m not a fan of is some of the interior, particularly the radio setup. No Navigation, Apple Car Play or Android auto here, just a plain simple radio, it does however have Bluetooth and USB connectable music which runs through the cars electronic speedo. The drive is simply fun, it may not be the worlds fastest or best handling car but it still offers an exciting driving experience. The sound the Abarth makes is simply incredible for the type of car it is. The manual gearbox is a joy to use, heal and toe is easy due to pedal position and the gearbox is smooth around town. Clutch is heavier than a Polo GTI, however is still pretty light. The fuel economy is pretty good too, on a freeway drive you can expect around 5.8L/100km and around town usually 8L/100km, so the fuel economy for a hot hatchback is pretty good Despite what some people will say about a little Italian car, the Abarth has been completely reliable over my two and a half years of owning it. It has never had a fault of any kind. As long as you maintain the car as per the service booklet, you will not encounter into many issues. Practicality is good but not great, if you plan to have rear seat passengers regularly, buy a different car, however for the occasional run up the street or drop off to the train station, they are fine. Boot is well sized for the dimensions of the car and with seats folded down can fit a good amount of cargo, how get if you rely on a large boot, make sure you look at an Abarth and see if the boot space suits your needs. One of my gripes about this car is the lack of some basic technology, the lack of Apple Car Play and Android Auto would deter some buyers, however my biggest gripe is that the Abarth doesn’t come with cruise control fitted. This is annoying for those that do long trips regularly, however I’m sure aftermarket cruise control could be fitted. Many of the things I’ve talked about in this review that have been on the negative side particularly the Technology has been update in the Series 4 model Abarth 595 range (2017+) however, there is still a lack of cruise control and I believe it was the one thing that should have been added to the updated 595 range. If you are after some of that technology, be sure to buy a Series 4 model Abarth 595. Overall the Abarth 595 is a really fun car to own and a great car to drive. It does lack in technology and features, however if this is something you can live with, it makes one awesome experience. (Car is standard 595 not Turismo, would only let me select Turismo)
2016 Abarth 124 Spider Review
Owner Review | 15 May 2019
Fix It Again Tony, When I first saw the official pictures of the Abarth 124 Spider I didn’t think much of them, not that I thought a lot of the ND MX-5 to be honest and I’ve always been a huge fan of the NA MX-5. I completely changed my mind when I saw it in person, then I started up the 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo four-cylinder engine and heard the optionally fitted Record Monza exhaust. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face and while my first couple of minutes driving it were fun, it wasn’t until I found the sport button that really woke up the beast; improving the throttle response, firming up the steering, relaxing the traction control and ESP. I spent the next week looking for every opportunity to get out and go for a drive and I was sad to see it go at the end of the week. So much so that three weeks later I was in the dealership trading in my Kia ProCeed GT on one. I ignored all the advice I had been given about buying an Italian car but given that it’s built by Mazda on the same production line as the ND MX-5 I felt fairly comfortable that my purchase would be a safe one. Sadly the bits built by Mazda are the ones that I have the most problems with. From really thin and soft paint that scratches with the slightest touch, to the steering wheel colour band rubbing off within 12 months. The main issue was the retractable roof rubbing on the rear of the roll hoops so much it wore a hole in the roof fabric, a claim that was rejected by Fiat at three dealers, citing I wasn’t retracting the roof correctly. Eventually it was replaced but with the original rubbing problem still present. Other than that, build quality is solid with no rattles or squeaks. The cabin is snug for someone that is 186cm tall but that just adds to the sensation of putting the car on rather than getting in to it, but as snug as it is, it’s not wanting for much with auto headlights and wipers, nine speaker Bose stereo, push button start, reversing camera and with the optional vision pack it also has cornering LED headlights, blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert but it does miss out on AEB. The one feature I miss more than anything is auto up on the windows. Although the Fiat connect infotainment system is just a re-skin of the Mazda Connect system it’s disappointing that unlike Mazda, Fiat have not made the Android Auto/Apple CarPlay upgrade available, but thanks to a great online community and the fact that it shares the MX-5’s electrics, I was able to order the parts from my local Mazda dealer and two hours later I had CarPlay installed. This is not the car if you’re shy and don’t like talking to strangers, at some point on almost every drive I find myself alongside someone at the lights trying to get my attention. Asking questions like whats under the bonnet, how fast, how does it drive and what is it. I used to tell people it’s an Abarth but after the third ‘what?’ I’d say it’s a Fiat, which more people understood, so now I just I say it’s a Fiat. While I secretly love the attention the Spider receives, it’s an issue when it’s parked in public as people can’t seem to keep their hands off it and with the soft paint it’s showing the signs of admiring fingers being dragged along it. It’s the constant grin when driving the Spider that makes you forget about all the negative, the turn-in is sharp, it handles flat and is super predictable at the limit. The power delivery is not as linear as the MX-5, but I’m ok with that. I love the feeling of the boost kicking in opening the valves on the bi-modal exhaust, it just does it with so much more theatre. So two years on I still find myself looking for an excuse to get out and go for a drive.

Tamiya Rising Fighter review
Owner Review | 1 Apr 2019
NOTE - this is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek review. It's not an actual car so I had to randomly select a car model/type in the drop-down boxes above in order to submit it. Cheers! Manufacturer: Tamiya Model: Rising Fighter Type: 1/10th scale battery powered radio controlled car If you were a car person growing up in the 80s, one of the things that would have gotten your attention were radio controlled cars, known colloquially as “RCs”. While most of us ended up with something like the Taiyo Jet Hopper (remember that), a few of us had the privilege of owning one of those bigger, fancier 1/10th scale RC off-road buggies. Such as my older brother, who ended up getting a Tamiya Hornet after much begging and gnashing of teeth. Some of you might remember the Hornet as being one of the cheapest “proper” RC kits you could buy, which also made it one of the most popular at the time. The Hornet was also remarkably simple in its design compared to its contemporaries. It was much faster but only slightly more mechanically advanced than “toys” such as the Jet Hopper. That simplicity also made it relatively maintenance-free, which was a good thing. I ended up getting a car of my own a year later (a Tamiya Falcon), which was a lot more sophisticated than the Hornet but spent far more time being repaired than being actually driven, its badly designed driveshafts being a constant problem. Nonetheless, my brother and I spent a great deal of time with our RCs and ended up having loads of childhood memories together. Fast forward about 25 years later (circa September 2015), and with kids of my own now, I thought I’d get a new RC to re-live some of my childhood while creating more opportunities for father-child bonding. After shopping around for a bit, I opted for one of the cheapest RC kits in the market: the Tamiya Rising Fighter. Apart from the price, one of the other things that drew me to it was its instantly-recognisable silhouette - it was essentially a slightly updated version of my brother’s Hornet from 25 years ago! Nostalgia is a hell of a drug. RCs are still a fairly expensive hobby, though. The Rising Fighter costs $109.99 on its own, which includes the chassis, the body, all the mechanical components (e.g. gearbox, suspension, etc…), an RS-540 electric motor and an electronic speed controller and requires self assembly. Like all RC kits, you have to provide a bunch of other components in order to complete the build. I basically bought the cheapest ones I could find in the shop, which were: An Absima CR2S.V2 2-channel 2.4GHz radio system ($59.99) An Intellect 7.2V 3000mAh NiMH battery pack ($44.99) An Absima 7.2V battery charger ($24.99) A generic-brand 10W servo for steering ($24.99) So the whole thing cost me $264.95, and less than half of that was for the actual car. The Rising Fighter’s mechanical bits are largely identical to the Hornet - its chassis is the same single-piece moulded plastic tub with integrated suspension towers, sitting on a fully independent MacPherson strut up front (without any sway bars) and a solid rear axle at the rear, where the driveshaft, differential and electric motor are all housed in a sealed, unsprung gearbox assembly. It’s a simple setup that’s remarkably easy to put together (and to take apart) compared to, well… almost every other RC on the market. It took me about 5 hours (spread over two days) to put the car together, though I reckon an experienced hand can do it in under an hour. While this simplicity has an Ikea-like elegance about it, there’s no hiding that this chassis was designed to be cheap, rather than durable. This is a fragile car and I know because my brother’s Hornet was once torn into three pieces when it was hit from the side by another RC. And on another occasion, he punched a hole right through the gearbox when he drove over a rock. I’m not sure if it’s still the case but, in the old days, the entire chassis and gearbox housing were listed as spare parts on the official Tamiya RC catalogues, which sort of gave you an idea about how often these things broke. Indeed my Rising Fighter looks pretty worn too, with lots of scratches on its underbelly and signs of fatigue on the base of one of the front suspension towers, which was inflicted when one of my kids drove it under a fence at full speed. The steering arms are completely bent out of shape too, from the numerous collisions I’ve had with curbs, posts and the dividers in an on-road RC track. Given the amount of abuse it’s been copping, I was expecting this car to be completely destroyed within a year. Yet here it is - three years later and still kicking up dirt like how an obedient little buggy should. There are some differences from the Hornet, though - Tamiya didn’t leave the design completely untouched for 30-odd years. For starters, the body is now a rigid moulded plastic shell that’s firmly screwed onto the chassis tub. Compared to the Hornet’s pinned-on polycarbonate shell, this new body probably helps with durability while reducing chassis flex. The mechanical servo-actuated speed controllers of yore are gone too - replaced by an electronic one with integrated heat sinks, reducing the number of required servos to just one; for the steering. This reduces the weight of the car while giving much quicker throttle response and braking. Admittedly even the new reissued Hornets (yes, you can still buy a new one!) have electronic speed controllers, which were already phasing out the mechanical ones as far back as the 1990s. Not all the changes are for the better, though. While the Hornet had oil-filled dampers at the rear, the Rising Fighter’s ones are filled with… air. Which is, quite frankly, crap because if there’s one thing a car with a big, heavy, unsprung drivetrain doesn’t need, it’s a lack of rear dampers. I guess it comes as no surprise, then, that the Rising Fighter handles exactly like how you’d expect it to: poorly. On tarmac, the rear tyres constantly chirp as the rear end of the car bounces whenever you’re going at full throttle. Although the car turns in quickly with not much understeer, it doesn’t feel very precise. You’ll notice it if you take it to an on-road RC circuit, where it’s impossible to take a complex series of corners without slowing right down. That gigantic rear wing is probably generating decent amounts of downforce because it corners with a surprising amount of stability at full speed, but it probably produces loads of drag too because “full speed” isn’t very fast. And if you brake hard into a corner like you’re trying to do a hairpin turn, the car will roll over; those spiked rear tyres have a surprising amount of grip. At this point, you’re probably thinking “But it’s a buggy. Surely it would do better on gravel, right? RIGHT?” Wrong. Higher-grip surfaces partially mask the fact that the Rising Fighter has a poorly sprung solid rear axle. Reduce the amount of grip, and it comes alive. Which is to say that, if this were an actual car that I could sit in and drive, I’d be either paralysed or dead. Or both. Driving the Rising Fighter on gravel is an exercise in restraint because it oversteers at the slightest provocation. Nail the throttle from a standstill and you’d have trouble keeping the car going in a straight line. Turn too sharply at speed and you’ll end up having to countersteer almost immediately, which you’d then have to counteract, and so forth. In a competitive setting, like a race or time attack, you’d probably pick the car up and fling it into a lake after a couple of minutes. But here’s thing, though - if you’re driving the car for fun, the Rising Fighter is pretty entertaining. The fact that it requires so much skill to navigate the simplest of turns means that it’s immensely satisfying when you do make a turn. There’s a dirt trail in my neighbourhood reserve that looks like a long, downhill, sweeping right-hander in a miniature rally stage and it’s loads of fun attempting to make that corner at full speed, over and over again. I also frequent a nearby gravel car park where, armed with a box of mini witches hats, I can craft slaloms and hairpin turns to fulfill my mini gymkhana fantasies. It’s at times like this that the Rising Fighter’s ability to break traction at will becomes more of an asset than a liability. It’s in its element, an imperfect car crashing over imperfect surfaces and kicking up a whole lot of dirt while doing it. And in this age of Minecraft and Fortnite, who would’ve thought that kids would like doing donuts with an RC car? It’s a good reason to get out of the house and get some fresh air. And if your kid’s a “car person” too, that’s even better. While not specific to the Rising Fighter, it’s also worth mentioning that battery technology has advanced pretty significantly in the last 30 years (which might be relevant to some of you who, like me, are returning to the hobby after a similarly-long hiatus). The old Tamiya Ni-Cd 7.2V “racing packs” were rated at 1200 mAh and only gave you about 15 to 20 minutes of play time on a single charge, which meant that most people had to bring along a spare. This new, budget Ni-MH 7.2V pack offers almost three times the capacity, giving anywhere between 45 to 60 minutes of play time. Most of my RC outings end because I’ve had enough, not because I ran out of batteries - that’s a huge improvement to the overall experience. Add to that the more efficient electronics, which require fewer double-As, and R/Cs are now more of an actual hobby than a battery-charging simulator. To conclude, I’d say that the Rising Fighter was money well spent. It has proven to be a lot more durable than I expected, though I really should straighten those steering arms with some pliers one of these days. You won’t win any races with it, but it’s great fun to throw it around a gravel track, which is a great way to teach your kids about car control. On that note, I can only hope that, 30 years from now, my kids will be wander into a hobby shop looking to buy their kids a new RC kit based on what would then be a 60-year-old design. Nostalgia is a hell of a drug.
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