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Old 02-08-2013, 03:42 PM   #61
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If they pump the Fiat to a 200hp brute, it'll be a little different story.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:16 PM   #62
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I found myself in the same position last week. Having driven both, I love the Fiat and could live with the mini. Trouble was, both were priced $4-5K above what I wanted to pay for something I really don't need. Ended up finding a Smart ForTwo Passion Cab, one owner, 15K miles for under 10 grand, which will work out perfectly for me.
But I don't have to commute, especially between New York and DC. The biggest job this baby is going to have is driving my pups to the park, which is no longer 3 blocks away.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:57 AM   #63
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My dad would have loved this! He grew up in the 50's and 60's owned several mg's and austin healys and we used to go to the vintage car races. I can see it now he'd have a fiat and i'd have mini and we would settle this!

He loved hondas for good reason but I am sure he'd be in on a fiat/abarth mini duel!
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:08 AM   #64
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My dad would have loved this! He grew up in the 50's and 60's owned several mg's and austin healys and we used to go to the vintage car races. I can see it now he'd have a fiat and i'd have mini and we would settle this!

He loved hondas for good reason but I am sure he'd be in on a fiat/abarth mini duel!

I took my dad for a ride in the Abarth a couple of months after I bought it when I drove it to AZ to visit him. He loved it. My dad is a first generation Italian American which of course makes me half Italian and he was gushing on and on about how great it was that one of his sons owned a "little Italian sports car." (yes I know it's made in Mexico)
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:00 AM   #65
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If they pump the Fiat to a 200hp brute, it'll be a little different story.

They won't. It's center of gravity is too high.

SCCA won't allow the Fiat 500 to be used in autocross.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:38 AM   #66
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They won't. It's center of gravity is too high.

SCCA won't allow the Fiat 500 to be used in autocross.

They do however allow the Abarth.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:26 AM   #67
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I see that now.

Still. The track height is still a bit high for my tastes. I wouldn't do it.

The Mini is going to have a pretty significant advantage in that department when it comes to autocross. The Abarth would need one hell of a driver to overcome that.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:16 PM   #68
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My boss is on the short list to get one of these:

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Wayyy too much boy-racer bullshit looks. I wish they would have kept the shitty paint job in the design room floor.
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Old 02-09-2013, 02:24 PM   #69
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I see that now.

Still. The track height is still a bit high for my tastes. I wouldn't do it.

The Mini is going to have a pretty significant advantage in that department when it comes to autocross. The Abarth would need one hell of a driver to overcome that.

Agreed. I'm not going to argue that the Mini is not a better performing car when it comes to pure numbers. However, I really like driving the Abarth a lot more. It's a lot more fun to me, and I like the experience and feel of the vehicle better. Hard to explain...but in the famous words of Jeremy Clarkson, it's better because it's worse.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:03 PM   #70
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Stopped by the Fiat dealer here. They've got 5 of the Abarth's. Dealer gave me a really nice Abarth ad book. I probably shouldn't have stopped.

For $25,000 can I get a GTi?
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:02 AM   #71
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For $25,000 can I get a GTi?
You sure about that? Have you actually been to the dealer and priced one out with the options you actually want? (I haven't either, but I'm skeptical)

$25K gets you a nearly fully loaded Abarth OTD.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:40 PM   #72
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You sure about that? Have you actually been to the dealer and priced one out with the options you actually want? (I haven't either, but I'm skeptical)

$25K gets you a nearly fully loaded Abarth OTD.
Damn when did GTi's get so expensive $30,000

The Abarth I saw yesterday had all the goodies. Leather heated seats, sunroof. If it was missing anything I doubt I'd miss it. Although now I have to have the mood lighting.

Black with the red leather seats. Get that and I'd need a LeMans Rosso Corsa.
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