This is the third installment of the TFLcar Track Week video review series. Track Week is where we take every day cars and put them through their paces at the High Plains Raceway in Colorado. TFLcar team attended the annual RMDE event put on by the RMAP association, and Roman wanted to see how these cars compare to each other on the race track. So, we mounted the cameras and the SoloDL GPS data recorder, and Roman went out in search of the best lap times.
Today we have the 2013 Fiat Abarth Cabrio, as it was able to lap the HPR circuit faster than the Juke and the Mazda6. The Abarth Cabrio joins its coupe cousin and adds open flair to this great sounding and fun little car. It uses a 1.4-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that produces a healthy 160 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. You also get a 5-speed manual transmission. Did I mention this car sounds amazing?
On the race track, the Abarth Cabrio is confident, but still feels a little top heavy. This mostly has to do with relatively high driver seating position. There is extra space under the seat, and if it could be lowered one or two inches, it should improve the overall feeling.
See many more TFLcar reviews of the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio.
The 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio was the 8th fastest around the track. However, this was not a comparison of direct competitors. The Abarth was up against some serious contenders, including: Ford Focus ST, Camaro SS 1LE, and the GT-R.
Please enjoy this race track video review, and come back again to see the rest of the top ten. Tomorrow’s Track Week car is the 2013 Honda Accord Sport.
Track Week Top Ten:
10. 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO – 1:14.66
9. 2014 Mazda Mazda6 2.5 AT – 1:14.14
8. 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio – 1:13.79
7. 2013 Honda Accord Sport AT – 1:12.28
6. 2013 Subaru BRZ – 1:12.24
5. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT – 1:09.79
4. 2013 Ford Focus ST – 1:08.89
3. 2013 Audi S5 – 1:07.13
2. 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE – 1:04.06
1. 2014 Nissan GT-R Premium – 1:02.45
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFLcar since 2011. When not working or spending time with the family – you can find him tinkering in the garage or scouring the internet and other media for various automotive, mechanical, and computer related information.