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

May 28, 2014
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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.
Fiat Vs Mini Standing Mile 01
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.

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