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Jerry
Jerry Dork
3/18/14 8:37 a.m.
confuZion3 wrote: I'd like to know if one of you takes yours to the track. I wonder how they behave.

There's a PDX at Mid Ohio in August...I'll probably be there.

LuxInterior
LuxInterior Reader
3/18/14 11:10 a.m.

Congrats on your new toy. I test drove the twin to your car last weekend here in Colorado. It was an absolute blast. It felt much more nimble than the GTI or Cooper S that I drove later that day.

JThw8
JThw8 PowerDork
3/18/14 11:14 a.m.
CGLockRacer wrote: I test drove two on Saturday, a sport and an Abarth. I'm not going to be the majority in this thread. I didn't like them. I can't stand the tall seating position. I sit upright to begin with and my hair was touching the headliner ( I'm 5'9" with a 30" inseam). They drove ok and got out of their own way but I could not get comfortable. Also the suspensions were popping like something was loose. Enjoy yours but they weren't a fit for me.

The seat is height adjustable, if you were touching the roof I have to imagine it was raised too much. Even with the sunroof and being 6ft tall I dont come close to touching the roof.

That being said, it does have a taller seating position. I prefer this, but I realize some don't.

CGLockRacer
CGLockRacer Dork
3/18/14 11:39 a.m.

In reply to JThw8:

I had it lowered all the way, but I like to sit somewhat upright. I don't know if I have shorter arms or what, but I like my legs out stretched and my arms bent.

JAhmed
JAhmed New Reader
3/18/14 1:14 p.m.

Congrats on the purchase, car looks absolutely fantastic!

Knurled
Knurled PowerDork
3/18/14 4:43 p.m.
eastsidemav wrote: So yeah, this happened:

next week: Chris shows up with a new Abarth, and another Abarth as a rallycross car.

wearymicrobe
wearymicrobe Dork
3/18/14 5:07 p.m.

Man you guys are making me super jelly. I love that silly little car. Making my mustang decision feel a little premature.

eastsidemav
eastsidemav Dork
3/18/14 7:04 p.m.
wearymicrobe wrote: Man you guys are making me super jelly. I love that silly little car. Making my mustang decision feel a little premature.

Nah, Mustangs are pretty cool, too. I had fun test driving a V6 Performance Package model. It was just bigger than I wanted.

Jerry
Jerry Dork
3/18/14 7:56 p.m.
CGLockRacer wrote: In reply to JThw8: I had it lowered all the way, but I like to sit somewhat upright. I don't know if I have shorter arms or what, but I like my legs out stretched and my arms bent.

Weird. I'm 5'8" and 32" inseam, and even with the seats bumped up a bit I still have a few inches of headroom, with the sunroof option. I need to pop the helmet on and see if it works.

JtspellS
JtspellS Dork
3/18/14 8:22 p.m.

The exhaust on these are awesome but quite a lot of drone.

Revs yo..

In person you would NOT ever think that sound came from that little 1.4

AaronBalto
AaronBalto Reader
3/18/14 8:41 p.m.

I just couldn't get past all of the chromed plastic door handles and reverse lockout rings etc. Ended up in a '13 MINI Clubman S.

DeadSkunk
DeadSkunk SuperDork
3/19/14 11:25 a.m.

I just got a flier in the mail from the local Fiat dealer. They have an Abarth for $16,429. I may have to stop by for a looksee.

Flight Service
Flight Service MegaDork
3/19/14 2:33 p.m.

In reply to DeadSkunk:

You mean this one? 2013 FIAT 500 Abarth Hatchback

CGLockRacer
CGLockRacer Dork
3/19/14 2:35 p.m.

In reply to DeadSkunk:

I was quoted $20K out the door for a new Abarth. The one you found is a demo car.

eastsidemav
eastsidemav Dork
3/19/14 2:51 p.m.

Regarding demo cars, if you want the "mild" version, there appears to be two 2013 500 Turbo demo models at the lot I bought from, and they are asking in the 15-16K range for them, I suspect they'd go cheaper.

Zomby Woof
Zomby Woof PowerDork
3/19/14 2:54 p.m.

I tried to make the math work, but they're still too expensive here. I couldn't do it.

DeadSkunk
DeadSkunk SuperDork
3/19/14 3:05 p.m.

In reply to Flight Service:
The flier shows a black one, but I don't see it on their website.

DeadSkunk
DeadSkunk SuperDork
3/19/14 3:08 p.m.

Here's the flier......

http://www.fiatusaofannarbor.com/specials/sales-event.htm

...and the photos are "for demonstration purposes only". So, who knows what colour the car is.

accordionfolder
accordionfolder HalfDork
3/19/14 3:36 p.m.

They're like a tiny MS3! I'm happy with my LSD and bigger engine though....

Jerry
Jerry Dork
3/24/14 7:26 p.m.

Borrowed vinyl for a car show exhibit, makes me want to autocross it now.

accordionfolder
accordionfolder HalfDork
3/25/14 1:12 p.m.

In reply to Jerry:

That looks awesome! (And you should autocross it!)

Zomby Woof
Zomby Woof PowerDork
3/29/14 8:55 a.m.

Well it wasn't me, but my son bought a 2012 500 sport yesterday. He also tried to justify both an Abarth, and a turbo model, but wasn't comfortable spending that kind of money on what will be a high mileage commuter. He's quite excited and shopping for an intake and exhaust already.

dyintorace
dyintorace UberDork
3/29/14 11:29 a.m.

I'm thinking about pulling the Abarth badge from the side of the car. It just doesn't look right to me and I think the profile of the car will look cleaner without them.

Flight Service
Flight Service MegaDork
3/29/14 12:47 p.m.

Favorite color combination right there. That is an odd placement, maybe move it to the in front of the Abarth on the door?

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AbarthOnly None
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