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    Abarth 500

    In the words of Jeremy Clarkson "it's a baby Lamborghini" so I thought it qualifies for this section Smiley

    Picked it up a couple of weeks ago as a fun little run around and am very pleased thus far.

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    Hi Isuk, I'm sure they will become great collectors items as time goes on. Would mind taking a shot of the instrument cluster? I'm curious to see what it looks like. Many congrats!

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    Thanks Mike. This is a left hand drive car's instrument cluster. On right hand drive the turbo boost guage sits on top of the dash as opposed to next to the instrument pod. In the UK our speedo's are marked in MPH on the outer ring. You can see the rev counter on the inner ring. It's a very good layout Smiley

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    Wow! That is actually quite nice! I need more garage space! How much does it retail for in the UK?

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    This must be a fun little car:)  Drive it in good health.   Please give us more detailed review when you have the time.
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    Mike S:
    Wow! That is actually quite nice! I need more garage space! How much does it retail for in the UK?
    It doesn't need any extra garage space, Mike. Smiley

    You could park it in the trunk of your Royce.  Smiley


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    This car is astonishing. And best thing is, nobody will be jealous or think you are polluting the environment.

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    fritz:
    Mike S:
    Wow! That is actually quite nice! I need more garage space! How much does it retail for in the UK?
    It doesn't need extra any garage space, Mike. Smiley

    You could park it in the trunk of your Royce.  Smiley


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    Base price is £13,600 in the UK Mike. My car was around £16,000 due to the extras - pearlescent white paint, stripes, roof and bonnet graphics, 17" wheels, leather etc. It's a great little car in the fine Italian tradition of small cars i.e. it makes you want to drive it like you stole it Smiley

    I must get a picture of it next to the Scuderia and  the 430 spider for fun as it will look like their lovechild Smiley


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    Good choice Isuk,

    like a lot also that rims,are the best looking one on this car!


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    Thanks Darius. I'm feel I'm doing my bit for the well being of the Italian economy with my Ferraris, GranTurismo and this little rocket (albeit that the 500 is built in Poland). 

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    wow!

    Can you post some pic of seats?

    Smiley


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    I've only got one pic of my interior which I've already posted but the seats are the same as these.

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    ISUK:

    I've only got one pic of my interior which I've already posted but the seats are the same as these.

    Funk white interior.JPG

    Red leather.JPG

    The optical "impression" of the seat is very good, but they also look very heavy for such a small, sporty car.   Smiley


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    sub zero....as in cool..very cool
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    i am certainly a believer in that bigger is not always better.

    we need more of those funky small cars.

    i would love an exige s with a 1.6 l engine and 225hp. that way it would only carry 40% import tax which would be justifiable for a toy.


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    They're not electric fritz so are not that heavy. The car weighs 1035Kg in base trim with 135 BHP from the 1.4 turbo engine. 0 - 62 MPH (0-100 kph) in 7.9 secs and a top speed of 128 mph (206 kph) mean it's quite a swift little toy Smiley


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    intouch1:

    i am certainly a believer in that bigger is not always better.

    we need more of those funky small cars.

    i would love an exige s with a 1.6 l engine and 225hp. that way it would only carry 40% import tax which would be justifiable for a toy.


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    Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary... That's what gets you.
    Fiat are rumoured to be in talks with Lotus to develop a bespoke Abarth branded 2 seater based upon an Elise chassis. If it gets the go ahead it could be a very special car as it will almost certainly get one of Fiat's advanced new direct injection engines such as the 1.8 version being launched at Geneva which is tuned to produce 200bhp in the Lancia Delta or one of the smaller high output Multiair engines. Fiat Powertrain Technologies is also working on a new dual clutch gearbox which would suit this new sports car nicely I'd think.


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    ISUK:

    They're not electric fritz so are not that heavy. The car weighs 1035Kg in base trim with 135 BHP from the 1.4 turbo engine. 0 - 62 MPH (0-100 kph) in 7.9 secs and a top speed of 128 mph (206 kph) mean it's quite a swift little toy Smiley


    Sounds fun. Smiley

    But imagine how it could be with the GT2 carbon seats. Smiley


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    ISUK:
    Fiat are rumoured to be in talks with Lotus to develop a bespoke Abarth branded 2 seater based upon an Elise chassis. If it gets the go ahead it could be a very special car as it will almost certainly get one of Fiat's advanced new direct injection engines such as the 1.8 version being launched at Geneva which is tuned to produce 200bhp in the Lancia Delta or one of the smaller high output Multiair engines. Fiat Powertrain Technologies is also working on a new dual clutch gearbox which would suit this new sports car nicely I'd think.

    Or would FIAT use this car to go the Tesla/Lotus and Dodge/Lotus route - LiIon batteries / electric drive?  Smiley
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    A decent Mini competitor, but the Mini is much nicer and faster...

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    ISUK:
    intouch1:

    i am certainly a believer in that bigger is not always better.

    we need more of those funky small cars.

    i would love an exige s with a 1.6 l engine and 225hp. that way it would only carry 40% import tax which would be justifiable for a toy.


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    Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary... That's what gets you.
    Fiat are rumoured to be in talks with Lotus to develop a bespoke Abarth branded 2 seater based upon an Elise chassis. If it gets the go ahead it could be a very special car as it will almost certainly get one of Fiat's advanced new direct injection engines such as the 1.8 version being launched at Geneva which is tuned to produce 200bhp in the Lancia Delta or one of the smaller high output Multiair engines. Fiat Powertrain Technologies is also working on a new dual clutch gearbox which would suit this new sports car nicely I'd think.

    That should certainly be interesting!

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    ISUK:
    Thanks Darius. I'm feel I'm doing my bit for the well being of the Italian economy with my Ferraris, GranTurismo and this little rocket (albeit that the 500 is built in Poland). 

         HAHHA,right move!i said thanks for all italiansSmiley

    Think that i took one 500 100Hp  to my wife in august 2007 as soon as they release the car,and incredible,at today the car run againSmiley no problem at all...strange,usually when you buy a Fiat,after some days something must happen..instead nothing..Smiley

    well..maybe becouse they assemble it in Poland and not in Italy?Smiley

    Joke apart,is a good car,is fast and looks like a toy,i like it much,the only bad thing is that mine drink fuel  like a Cayenne Turbo..Smiley

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    I love these little pocket rockets.

    Back in the day I had a VW Polo G40. =  720Kg /115bhp.

    Loved it!



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    Super Darius:


    Joke apart,is a good car,is fast and looks like a toy,i like it much,the only bad thing is that mine drink fuel  like a Cayenne Turbo..Smiley

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    well..maybe becouse they assemble it in Poland and not in Italy?Smiley


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    Very nice... poped into local Abarth dealer with an eye of getting the other half one... the car we sat in though seemed to have a VERY heavy clutch... we'll find out how it is on the test drive, but wondered what yours is like...

     And are you temped by the esse esse kit???


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    mikigta:

    well..maybe becouse they assemble it in Poland and not in Italy?Smiley


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    mikigta:

    well..maybe becouse they assemble it in Poland and not in Italy?Smiley


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    I wish they'd assemble Ferraris in Poland Smiley Just been debating how poor the paint finish coming out of Maranello is these days on another forum and this thread on a detailing forum explains why. My Scuderia was covered in swirl marks and fine scratches and many others have experienced the same or worse. http://www.detailparadise.com.au/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=4264

    Rich,

    My clutch isn't heavy at all though I've heard some cars are. Could be an adjustment issue. I don't think I'll bother with the essesse kit but may get a revised ECU from Scorpion tuning in Italy which takes power up to the same level at 160 bhp.


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    very nice ISUK, the interior looks amazing, and so those rims !!! , It reminds me of my beloved ex mini cooper S !!!! 

    enjoy it in good health !!! 


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