Are modern performance cars too easy to drive? The McLaren 675LT and Ferrari F12tdf are two of 2015’s stars, as sexy as Léa Seydoux sashaying down that train carriage in Spectre yet more than happy to serve up 1,436bhp between them without trying to pull your arms off. Assuming you leave all the electronics on, anyway.
Forget them. We are somewhere on the edge of San Marino under a thankfully cloudless autumn sky, we’ve just bounced across our 312th craterous Italian pothole, and I’ve flubbed yet another gearchange, when the realisation hits me that this little Abarth is the trickiest car I’ve driven in a very long time, trickier even than its distant Maranello cousin. Yes, a hopped-up Fiat 500 is bossing me about.
Photography: Joe Windsor-Williams
This feature was originally published in the February 2016 issue of Top Gear magazine.