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6 Subcompact Cars That Pack a Serious Punch

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6 Subcompact Cars That Pack a Serious Punch

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2. Fiat 500 Abarth

The little Italian scorpion features a red and black color scheme that differentiates it from the rest of the Fiat 500 lineup. Standard features include a sport-tuned suspension, a roof-mounted spoiler, bigger brakes for increased stopping ability, and optional 17-inch wheels with performance tires. The Abarth packs a real punch through aggressive turbocharging, since the car uses the same 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine used on the rest of the 500 lineup. Power output is impressive for such a small car, topping out at 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. All of this is delivered in a tight package that screams driving fun.

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