Thanks for the link, forums poster "horsty 69".
135hp/150tq seems like it'd be pretty quick in such a small car.
I havent seen much info on here regarding the new model out in fall...priced under $20,000 135hp...should be fun.
* sorry I fubar'd the title should be 2013
Last edited by horsty69; 08-20-2012 at 11:50 AM.
It seems to me that the price is a little too high. Yes, it nicely splits the difference between the Sport and Abarth, but if you're spending 20k for this beastie, it seems you'd always wish you'd bought the Abarth. A little lower price would make that decision more palatable. At least to me it would.
It looks to be a good compromise and a hoot to drive, though.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
Im not sure if it will be available with an auto...if so that may attract people that dont want to row their own gears in the Abarth.....plus you could option it up alittle bit and still be under entry to the Abarth.....I will say though, if Im pulling the trigger on one of these it would be abarth or nothing... for me the extra few grand is worth it.
25 hp is a pretty big difference in a car this small, but as intimated earlier, it may just be a tune away. If it's a factory backed tune, It'd be tempting. Of course, with only $2,500.00 separating them, I'd probably hit the Abarth.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
Also keep in mind that this one isn't going to be as outlandish or in-your-face as the Aberth model. I'd also be surprised if it had the same exhaust burble. Pair that with an automatic transmission option and I could see this selling very well, it's sporty but a hell of a lot cheaper than your Mini competition.
It is the same motor as the Abarth, twin intercooled too. It has the same "big" bumpers as the abarth. a Single exhaust that is muffled a bit more (abarth is basically un muffled). It also has the same trans (hardened internals, electronic controlled diff ect...)
No abarth badges (abarth has no fiat badges), regualr sport interior, blacked out lights front and rear. I think they should have at least put the Abarth style steering wheel in the 500T.
Theoretically it should just be a Tune away from the Abarth's 160 hp.!
I test drove a Fiat 500 yesterday. It was red on red/black w/ the Sport package (whatever they call it-comes with nice wheels, less chrome, and red brake calipers). I loved everything but the lack of power down low, the seating position, and the somewhat loose feeling steering. At highway speeds this car can cruise pretty effortlessly, but from a stop it's a dog. On the plus side, I quite like the retro appeal of the car, the ride quality was very good, and the seats were supportive. Here's to hoping the Turbo model fixes at least one of my issues with the car.
By comparison, the nearly identically priced Veloster Turbo had much tighter steering (no joke) and acceleration was like night and day. I actually expected the Veloster to feel slow given the performance specs, but it felt downright quick under most circumstances. It's unfortunate that the view to the sides and rear is seriously compromised. A backup camera should be mandatory.
Still though, for $26k(ish), the Veloster would get my money every single day of the week. Greater performance. Greater feature content. Better/lower seating position. Superior warranty/dealer network.
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Last edited by BLK9GEN; 08-30-2012 at 02:59 PM.
The dealer by me has an Abarth for 24K and change as well
Last edited by horsty69; 08-30-2012 at 03:20 PM.
I apologize for my error. If I have time I will snap some pics of the one I drove including the sticker later on.