In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Robert Tallini from "Road Race Sports" brought a pair of highly updated 500 Abarth racecars for Leno to test.
According to Tallini, the black 500 Abarth racer pushes out about 250 horsepower, thanks to a new turbo, intake, exhaust and other mods. Along with the engine modifications the two cars also offer a roll cages and some carbon-fiber body work that transform them into real race cars. The best part is that both of the Abarth racers are also street legal.
The stock Abarth 500 is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. With this amount of power, the Abarth 500 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 7 seconds and up to a top speed of 129 mph.
Check out the video to see what Leno thinks about the two Abarth 500 race cars.
Say what you will about his pop-culture shows, but when it comes to reviewing cars, Jay Leno knows what’s going on. In his series, “Jay Leno’s Garage,” we have seen numerous cars come in and out, but the Fiat 500 Abarth is one of the few cars to come into his garage that Jay hasn’t had the chance to drive yet.
Jay finally caught up with Fiat and snagged up a 500 Abarth, despite their very short supply, to test drive. Jay did what we all would do the second he got behind the wheel of this high-performance compact hatchback... He pushed it as hard as it would go.
You know what, the 500 Abarth took everything Jay threw at it and it just kept asking for more. We are quick to rag on the 500 lineup, mostly because Fiat has consistently added new models based on the exact same car, but this Abarth model is not one that is deserving of the taunting we give the lineup. It truly is a sports car in a compact car’s body.
At one point, Jay decides it’s time to pull a U-turn. Instead of coming to a complete stop, then slowly turning around, Jay quickly yanks up the E-brake, whips the car around, then smolders the tires as he takes off in the other direction. That was quite simply the marque moment in this video.
Man, it sure is good to be Jay Leno! Check out the video to see for yourself.