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Old 10-03-2012, 08:52 AM   #1
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Abarth....holy shiet!!!!

So last weekend I was hanging out with my buddy that owns a 600hp track built Porsche 944T and we were putputting around Long Island. We came across a Fiat dealer, and I said "you know, I really want to check this car out." I was thinking of picking up a toy for the wife, so we said what the hell, and went in.

After playing with the showroom cars for a while (built superbly) I asked the dealer if it was possible to test drive one. He threw me the keys to a 500 cabrio manual and off we went. Tooled around a few B roads, and had a good time. We came back, and I told the dealer my wife will definitely love it. The dealer is a young guy, so he says "you know, you might want to try the Abarth." I said, well, twist my arm why don't you...keys in hand, off I went.

My word is that thing fun. I mean, TONS of fun. I haven't had this much fun in a car since I got my s2000 back in the day. Even my friend with the Porsche was grinning ear to ear. The sound was incredible. I really fell in love with it. I really think come spring time, I will add this thing to the stable. Jay Leno is right....it is FAR more fun to drive a "slow" car fast than a fast car fast.

Anyone else love the little thing?
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:06 AM   #2
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Couldn't agree more. For me the Abarth is like a Cooper S plus bonus points. Really a great little car...
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:14 AM   #3
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Couldn't agree more. For me the Abarth is like a Cooper S plus bonus points. Really a great little car...
I think its even better. It's much cheaper and the build and performance is almost on part. The cooper handles a bit better, but throw some coilovers on the Abarth and it's game over. The Cooper is FAR more expensive.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:09 AM   #4
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Fiat hack your account? lol

IDK if you have been in a Mini Cooper, but is it true that the Fiat interior feels larger? Because it is def. a smaller car.
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Fiat hack your account? lol

IDK if you have been in a Mini Cooper, but is it true that the Fiat interior feels larger? Because it is def. a smaller car.
Thats what they say. I didn't have any issues in the front (although if you get the sunroof, you lose headroom. For anyone over 6'1" that might be an issue. I sat in the back seat with the front seat in my driving position, and it was tight, but usable. I wouldn't want to do a cross country trip in it, but to ride with your friends to grab a bite is completely doable.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:11 AM   #6
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To each their own I guess. I think it looks fantastic.

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Old 10-03-2012, 09:20 AM   #8
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Trading in my ZHP around next September... probably going to get an Abarth or Cooper S Coupe... either that or a Jeep Wrangler. Depends if I'll be staying in Jersey for the foreseeable future or not.

Loving the Wrangler but I've always been a fan of smaller coupes.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:28 AM   #9
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Trading in my ZHP around next September... probably going to get an Abarth or Cooper S Coupe... either that or a Jeep Wrangler. Depends if I'll be staying in Jersey for the foreseeable future or not.

Loving the Wrangler but I've always been a fan of smaller coupes.
Oddly I have a Wrangler. However, there are times where I wish I can attack the back roads in my daily. My s2000 is far too hardcore now to daily drive, and as a result, most of the year it sits in the garage. This thing put a smile on my face ear to ear. I don't think there is another car for 22k that can plaster that kind of smile on your face, not even the Miata.
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Oddly I have a Wrangler. However, there are times where I wish I can attack the back roads in my daily. My s2000 is far too hardcore now to daily drive, and as a result, most of the year it sits in the garage. This thing put a smile on my face ear to ear. I don't think there is another car for 22k that can plaster that kind of smile on your face, not even the Miata.
For the price the gas mileage and fun in a small package seems absolutely worth it. I personally love the styling, it has that Euro feel that I really like.

The only problem I have are potholes in NJ/NYC... I drive frequently in both areas and my 18's on the ZHP suffered badly over the years, worried this car would get wrecked if I accidently hit one.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:23 AM   #11
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Wait for the esseesse package.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:26 AM   #12
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Wait for the esseesse package.
Watch the reviews online. It already has a ton of power for a FWD lightweight package. IMHO, more power will make it worse, and this is also the consensus on the forums as well. 200hp would be the max you can stick in it before it becomes undrivable. The essesse kit will be 200hp when it arrives. In Europe they will have the Venom which is a 200hp kit. IMHO, this car feels perfect with the 160hp and 170tq. You can easily smoke the tires.
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To each their own I guess. I think it looks fantastic.

true, but it just looks like a beetle, cooper, and smart car had a three some.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:35 AM   #14
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true, but it just looks like a beetle, cooper, and smart car had a three some.
True, but the results are fantastic! It is the bastard child turned supermodel. IMHO, it looks better than them all. It took the best genes from them all and came out a nice package.
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True, but the results are fantastic! It is the bastard child turned supermodel. IMHO, it looks better than them all. It took the best genes from them all and came out a nice package.
yes, the fun factor is very good!
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true, but it just looks like a beetle, cooper, and smart car had a three some.
Yeah. "Fantastic" isn't a word I'd use, either. They remind me more of go-karts than cars.
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Every time I see one make a turn, they're chirping the tires. Either those cars come with some shi-ty azzed tires, or they have enough torque to be a blast to drive. After your review, I may have to wander into the dealer and find out.
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Its a fun little car.

It got popular very fast, I see so dozens on campus nowdays...seems like the girls are trading in their 328's and getting into this! I do like the look of them, they have potential.
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Again, if you are bored on a saturday, go to the dealer and take it out for a rip. You'll be a believer too.
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