Mini vs. Fiat

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Robert OK, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    If they pump the Fiat to a 200hp brute, it'll be a little different story.
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  2. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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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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  3. xr400r

    xr400r Long timer

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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!:lol3

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

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    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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  5. Xeraux

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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.
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  6. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    They do however allow the Abarth.
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  7. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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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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  8. falconati

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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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  9. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    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. :lol3
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  10. wannaklr

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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. :lol3

    For $25,000 can I get a GTi?
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  11. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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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.
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  12. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    Damn when did GTi's get so expensive :lol3 $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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