Drove a tuned 1.4 Fiat 500 'Abarth' version today just to get a feel for the motor coming in the 124. Big thanks to buddy Wally Stevens for coming over with it today. Wally is a car guy with lots of toys, from a two year old Lamborghini to a supercharged Vette he runs in the Silver State Classic, to numerous Miatas and finally this Abarth. The Abarth is one of his favorite 'run around town toys' and a few minutes behind the wheel and I quickly understood the attraction, it's fun in a rocket powered phone booth sort of way. It's not the fastest thing around, it won't scare any Mustangs, but visibility is great, and it scoots through holes in traffic with just a moderate squeeze of the pedal. As a 6'2 guy I still had about 3 inches of headroom even with the sunroof version. Jump on the freeway and point to the fast lane and even moderate throttle will quickly scoot you past 80mph with ease, I hit 100 mph going up grade with little effort (and the motor was still ready for more). Wally noted that his has about 40k miles without any issues beyond a broken mount for the horn. The motor makes torque early, pulling easily from 2k. Torque curve feels pretty flat through a broad range, slowly falling off after about 4.5 k rpms, keep it in the meaty midrange and it just pulls.