Standing Mile: 2014 Mini Cooper S vs. 2014 Fiat 500 Abarth

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Two turbocharged retro-mobiles duke it out in our standing mile test to see which is faster: the 2014 Mini Cooper S or the 2014 Fiat 500 Abarth. Although both of these cute hatchbacks have relatively humble roots as maneuverable city cars, the S and Abarth versions of the modern Mini Cooper and the Fiat 500, respectively, have respectable performance pedigrees of their own.

Going into the race, the 2014 Mini Cooper S has a power advantage over the spunky Fiat 500 Abarth. The Mini’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is new for the 2014 model and pumps out 189 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels, routed through a six-speed manual transmission. That’s 29 hp more than the Fiat 500 Abarth’s diminuitive 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder can muster, but the Fiat does weigh roughly 200 lbs less than the Mini.

The Fiat also carries a party piece: the snortiest, raspiest, and most distinctive exhaust note on any car short of a Ferrari. This soundtrack may not directly affect its straight-line performance, but it certainly gives the little Fiat 500 Abarth a unique Italian character. The Mini Cooper S has plenty of character on its own, though, with its black racing stripes and quirky interior design that give off a distinct British charm.

Which car will come out on top? Check out the video below to find out, and visit our YouTube channel for more standing-mile videos.

Ok, this test is bogus.  I know for a fact that the Abarth is faster than the one tested.  The driver needs to learn how to drive.  I have done a few tweeks to my Abarth and the quarter mile times are sub 15 seconds now but even stock, this is not representative of the car.  More MINI bias from the media.  FIAT is outselling MINI and has for some time now.  The MINI needs to go on a diet and get back to making small, fun cars like they originally did.
Do it again Automobile..with the Fiesta ST. As for Fiat, they aren't building cars competitive with what's out there for sale in North America.  They'd be smart to fix their mistakes fast.  Ferrari for example could probably tune that 1.4 Turbo to 250hp.  Other companies are getting over 300hp from a 2.0 turbo, Fiat needs to do this. I really dread the sales numbers of the new upcoming Fiat 2dr convertible if they liken the engine to less than 225hp.  I would say to them don't even bother building it if they set their sights so low.Mazda will capture most of the under 200hp market so Fiat will absolutely have to offer the HO version.
joe sutton
Would have liked the Ford Fiesta ST to be included, just for the times
Keith Godwin
Give me the Abarth Fiat anytime over the Mini. The Mini is getting too overweight for this segment and the design tweaks are not necessarily complimentary.The exhaust note on the Abarth is great!!!
Now who wouldn't have thought the Mini faster with that big torque rich engine.  The Fiat with a tiny 1.4 is impressive all the same.  The price difference is not accurate.  The Fiat can be had for much less than the Mini.  
I just saw a dealer offering the Fiat Abarth for $18,000.  I'll be a Mini Cooper S with decent equipment will be closer to $30K. 

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