Abarth models in the Fiat lineup are akin to a Type-R edition or something built by Mugen in Honda-speak — it means bad-ass performer. Fiat announced that an Abarth edition of its 500 is coming here and the B-segment and super-mini segment may be in for a shock. Karl Abarth was an avid racer of motorcycles and automobiles in the ’20s and ’30s, designer and builder of racing cars in the ’40s, and an early maker of performance exhaust systems that sold his company to Fiat in 1971. Modern Abarth models are steeped in racing history and are known for their performance prowess. The Fiat 500 Abarth is motivated by a 1.4-liter Multi-Air turbocharged four developing 135 hp in stock trim. But power packages are available that bump that to the 150–160hp range, which is quite muscular considering the Scion iQ is rated at 94 hp, the Mazda2 generates 100 hp and the Fiesta checks in at 120 hp. The Abarth is the complete package with a sport-tuned suspension, big brakes, special exterior design cues and other technology features not found in conventional Fiat 500. It should be interesting to see how this Italian competes in our market.