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Was watching a video on this earlier this week, heard the exhaust note and was just shocked...I could not believe that this little car could sound that way.

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Old 04-22-2012, 12:56 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Was watching a video on this earlier this week, heard the exhaust note and was just shocked...I could not believe that this little car could sound that way.
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Was watching a video on this earlier this week, heard the exhaust note and was just shocked...I could not believe that this little car could sound that way.
That's exactly how I felt when I heard it in person.
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All this to powah to makeup for its ugliness.

I saw and sat in one at the LA Auto Show and wasn't impressed

Not this particular model but the one J-Lo was advertising.
You must be talking about the Gucci model. Thats a way overpriced 500 with the same lack of power. It does not motivate me at all. The Abarth on the other hand is a fun car with some power and 170lbs ft. of torque available at 2600RPM up to 4000RPM to boot and mod friendly without breaking the bank.
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AWESOME! Congrats dude, great buy!
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You must be talking about the Gucci model. Thats a way overpriced 500 with the same lack of power. It does not motivate me at all. The Abarth on the other hand is a fun car with some power and 170lbs ft. of torque available at 2600rpm up to redline to boot and mod friendly without breaking the bank.
Yep, Thats the one.

Congrats on the Car Nonetheless
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500 is in the Spec B category with Rio, Yaris, Versa, Mini, Sonic, etc. as far as I can tell but yes there was some initial issues with not meeting rollover criteria. I don't believe Abarth has been classified by SCCA just yet as it is so new. However, Abarth is lower and has a beefed up suspension out of the box which should help. The extra power might put it in a different class though. Who knows, maybe a new Spec Abarth class.
Our local Fiat dealer brought a regular 500 last summer for us to race. I didn't get to drive it, though. It didn't look particularly sketchy, so I was surprised SCCA made the ruling.

I'm hoping the Abarth isn't banned as I think it's a neat car & I would like to get some seat time in one. An Abarth-specific class would be awesome.
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Bella! Abarth has a great history with Fiat and Lancia. Congrats! :thumbup:

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congrats jon, very nice car.... enjoy
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If you and the Mrs. happy, that is all it matters Jon. Congrats.
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Nice Jon, tell Pat congrats. Look forward to checking it out.
I'm sure Pat will drive it to FFX for cars and coffee next Saturday.
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wow, cool. ive been eyeing these for a while now. none yet available in my area... only pre-orders. ive seen only one abarth so far in real life, a couple of the 500 sport/pop.
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wow, cool. ive been eyeing these for a while now. none yet available in my area... only pre-orders. ive seen only one abarth so far in real life, a couple of the 500 sport/pop.
These things will be pretty popular from what I'm seeing. However, the Abarth will be in limited numbers compared to the 500s. Sales on the 500 have jumped exponentially starting in January when they started airing the "Seduction" video with Cartinel Menghia. With all the mods they'll soon be pumping out for the Abarth allowing tuners to boost the output and handling, this should be a fun new A segment hatch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpi2IAec9Ho
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Nicely done!! Congrats!!

Recently sold mine here in Germany. Miss it already. Was euro-spec with a nice ECU upgrade from G-tech(G-Tech: Products) - the best tuner in Europe for this amazing road rocket!!! I had the 'S' ECU instead of the SS kit from the factory. I sourced the SS brakes separately. I didnt want the red SS springs. Car was low enough with a firm ride already!

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