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    Thread: Drove the new Fiat 500 Abarth today.

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      05-12-2012 11:09 PM #1
      Stopped by my parents house today to take my Dads new Abarth out for a drive. He traded up from the Fiat 500 sport to this. The first one on Vancouver Island, and it should stay that way for a few more months.

      The car is a blast to drive, it handles wonderfully and is quite quick even in the lower revs. I didn't get to push the car at all, due to my father wanting to follow the break in period (no revs over 4k for the first 500kms)

      I'm not a fan of the seats, I wish the bolsters were bigger and little tighter. I also found it very strange that you could not order heated seats in the Abarth... does anyone know the reason for this?

      Definately a huge improvement over the 500 sport, but that was to be expected.

      I snapped a few pics of our cars while I was there. The Corrado is mine, the mini is also my fathers, his car show / autocross car.















      Excuse the dirty interiors, we were out driving all day!

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      05-12-2012 11:14 PM #2
      i like the color scheme on the Fiat, makes the shape look good for once.

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      05-12-2012 11:14 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by Adriank View Post
      I also found it very strange that you could not order heated seats in the Abarth... does anyone know the reason for this?

      It's such a hot car it doesn't need any more heat.

    4. 05-12-2012 11:24 PM #4
      337 in the garage?
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    5. 05-12-2012 11:30 PM #5
      Love the cars! It seems like the 500 Abarth is a fun little car by the feedback .

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      05-13-2012 12:06 AM #6
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      337 in the garage?
      Nope, just a 2.0L. My mothers car.

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      Love the cars! It seems like the 500 Abarth is a fun little car by the feedback .
      There is quite a bit of attention to detail in the design of the vehicle.

      The badge on the grill acts as part of the air intake system, via a series of small ducts bordering it. The boost gauge has a programmable shift light in the center of it. The abarth scorpion is even stamped to the bottom of the muffler, just incase you were wondering who made the exhaust, while looking at the car from below...

      Those are only a few of the neat details I've found so far. I'm sure I haven't noticed everything yet.

      It truly is an amazing car, I wish I was a little better at conveying my impressions of the vehicle. My few words do not do it justice.

      I'm sure it still has lots in store for him, once the break in period is over.
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      05-13-2012 12:26 AM #7
      looks nice!

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      05-13-2012 12:49 AM #9
      I approve of every car in that driveway.
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      05-13-2012 01:24 AM #10
      That is one hell of a neat stable in that driveway. Your Corrado is super-clean.

      while the bolsters in the Abarth may not be adequate, at least those seats look comfy as hell. For being such a little tin-can car, it actually looks mean, especially in that color combo
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      05-13-2012 02:05 AM #11
      The Abarth looks gorgeous in that colour. The Mini is amazing as well.

    12. 05-13-2012 02:07 AM #12
      How long before Dad hits the auto-x with it? Be interested to know how it compares with his mini.

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      05-13-2012 03:20 AM #13
      Great cars! I love the Abarth, white for me ( or light gray if available)

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      05-13-2012 11:48 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Adriank View Post
      I also found it very strange that you could not order heated seats in the Abarth... does anyone know the reason for this?
      You can't get a manual transmission and heated seats in any Fiat 500 because of the way they wire the buttons into the console.
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      05-14-2012 03:46 AM #16


      That color combination certainly looks hot - although I don't think I would ever get a black car. I would have to start washing it - and I am too old to change my habits.

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      05-14-2012 06:43 AM #17
      The Fiat is nice, although your Mini Cooper qualifies as very nice.

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      05-14-2012 07:23 AM #18
      very good looking car

      I've driven in the sport model many times, and quite liked it. I would _really_ like to test drive an abarth sometime.

      Could you take more pictures?
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      05-14-2012 07:51 AM #19
      Awesome car, love the color combo! Thanks for sharing and please keep us posted after the break-in period is over.

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      05-14-2012 08:05 AM #21
      I heard an abarth yesterday driving down the road (not agressively) and it did have a deep growl to it, i was somewhat shocked.

      I like everything about the fiat 500 except the price...
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    25. 05-14-2012 08:38 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by manol2 View Post
      Great cars! I love the Abarth, white for me ( or light gray if available)
      Indeed, wish we got that color here instead...

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      that's awesome. i'd love to test drive one of these. awesome selection of cars in the driveway.
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      05-14-2012 10:08 AM #27
      It's nice to hear the difference between the Sport & Abarth is that noticeable. I liked the Sport but wasn't impressed with it's pick up & go nor the handling. Tell your dad he has great taste

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      05-14-2012 10:40 AM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by epbrown View Post
      You can't get a manual transmission and heated seats in any Fiat 500 because of the way they wire the buttons into the console.
      Because Italians.

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      05-14-2012 10:48 AM #29
      I went as far as having a deposit down on an Abarth pending testdrive....and after driving two of them I got my money back and will be keeping my MINI JCW.
      It's a great car for what it is but it was substantially slower than my JCW. As Car and Driver noted in their comparison test this month, the JCW SHOULD be better for almost $9K more. If I had been cross shopping the two cars between each other, the price difference would have likely tipped me to the Fiat but since I already have the MINI it wasn't enough.
      I spent a couple of months on the Fiat forums, there's some real region specific demand for the Abarth. In my area, 3 of the 4 dealers either had some available for immediate delivery or with a very short wait (the one I was going to get was already in the system and would have taken less than a month to get.), but in good old SoCal, the giant "market adjustment" is in place as usual.
      Most of them being sold at the studio I was dealing with were to repeat 500 Sport customers. To them I'm sure the extra 59 HP makes it seem like a rocket, for me not so much. It's a great piece for what it is though.
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      05-14-2012 11:24 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by mtbscoTT View Post
      I went as far as having a deposit down on an Abarth pending testdrive....and after driving two of them I got my money back and will be keeping my MINI JCW.
      It's a great car for what it is but it was substantially slower than my JCW. As Car and Driver noted in their comparison test this month, the JCW SHOULD be better for almost $9K more. If I had been cross shopping the two cars between each other, the price difference would have likely tipped me to the Fiat but since I already have the MINI it wasn't enough.
      I spent a couple of months on the Fiat forums, there's some real region specific demand for the Abarth. In my area, 3 of the 4 dealers either had some available for immediate delivery or with a very short wait (the one I was going to get was already in the system and would have taken less than a month to get.), but in good old SoCal, the giant "market adjustment" is in place as usual.
      Most of them being sold at the studio I was dealing with were to repeat 500 Sport customers. To them I'm sure the extra 59 HP makes it seem like a rocket, for me not so much. It's a great piece for what it is though.

      I feel like a better comparison would be the JCW and the Abarth Esseesse, right? It seems to me that the Esseesse is to the Abarth as the JCW is to the S besides the fact we don't get the Esseesse.


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      05-14-2012 11:34 AM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by ErikGTI View Post
      I feel like a better comparison would be the JCW and the Abarth Esseesse, right? It seems to me that the Esseesse is to the Abarth as the JCW is to the S besides the fact we don't get the Esseesse.
      The US Abarth has the same power as the EU Esseesse, we just don't get the paddle-shift gearbox.
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      Quote Originally Posted by epbrown View Post
      The US Abarth has the same power as the EU Esseesse, we just don't get the paddle-shift gearbox.

      Oh, I had no idea the HP numbers were the same, never mind then.
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      05-14-2012 11:45 AM #33
      The Abarth is supposed to sound really nice. I get the feeling this would be an absolutely fantastic city commuting car.

      One thing I didn't know, as pointed out in the recent Car and Driver comparo test with a JCW Mini, is that there isn't a single Fiat badge anywhere on the 500 Abarth.
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      05-14-2012 11:48 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by mhjett View Post
      The Abarth is supposed to sound really nice. One thing I didn't know, as pointed out in the recent Car and Driver comparo test with a JCW Mini, is that there isn't a single Fiat badge anywhere on the 500 Abarth.
      The Abarth isn't a Fiat in the EU. It's sold at separate dealerships, even. It's more like the RUF version of a 911 or Alpina version of a BMW.
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    35. 05-14-2012 11:48 AM #35
      I thought they banned the 500 from autox because tipover?

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