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Old 09-04-2008   #16
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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth SS 160 Hp Coming in November

Still wouldn't want one
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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth SS 160 Hp Coming in November

Still like the Panda better...hope I can get 160bhp upgrade for my 100HP:might even take off then with the sunroof open.bang:
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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth SS 160 Hp Coming in November

The punto Grande abarth with the same fiat 1.4 turbo engine was very slow. 0-60 about 8.9. With huge mods, 7.7.

With how small this car is and especially how light, any guesses to the 0-60? Fiat havent made a properly fast car since the coupe. Could this be a new dawn? Or just another Fiat Abarth false dawn.
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Anything 7 seconds and above is a disgrace and does not compete with its competitors. This 500 abarth is an excuse for fun, no mediocraty/
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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth SS 160 Hp Coming in November

Ill take one, throw all the insulating garbage out, then itll drop to reasonable 800 to 900 kg, and then it will go properly....insane as it was meant to be
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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth SS 160 Hp Coming in November

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The punto Grande abarth with the same fiat 1.4 turbo engine was very slow. 0-60 about 8.9. With huge mods, 7.7.

With how small this car is and especially how light, any guesses to the 0-60? Fiat havent made a properly fast car since the coupe. Could this be a new dawn? Or just another Fiat Abarth false dawn.

cant compare the 500 to a coupe performance wise, it'd be like comparing a cinq to a coupe...
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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth SS 160 Hp Coming in November

got to admit i regret the day i got rid of my coupe. i haven't been able to stick with a car longer than six months since.
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I am thinking of getting a coupe but have been put off by all the horror stories of everything falling apart all the time and the huge costs involved in putting it back together 24/7. Can you give a brief description of why you miss the coupe and how it drove?
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I've just taken delivery of my 500 1.4 Sport. Having just come out of an 18 month relationship with a BMW E46 318ci coupé I am very impressed. Performance wise it is comparable, but so much moire chuckable. I found myself taking the B roads home at the weekend. Being a lot shorter it was twitchy over uneven surfaces, but give it 6 months and I think I will be beating a path back to my dealer and chopping it in for an Abarth.

The dealers are to be told whether they have Abarth status in the next couple of months, fingers crossed.
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I've just taken delivery of my 500 1.4 Sport. Having just come out of an 18 month relationship with a BMW E46 318ci coupé I am very impressed. Performance wise it is comparable, but so much moire chuckable. I found myself taking the B roads home at the weekend. Being a lot shorter it was twitchy over uneven surfaces, but give it 6 months and I think I will be beating a path back to my dealer and chopping it in for an Abarth.

The dealers are to be told whether they have Abarth status in the next couple of months, fingers crossed.
I don't think I'll be able to resist ordering one if and when orders are being taken
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I am thinking of getting a coupe but have been put off by all the horror stories of everything falling apart all the time and the huge costs involved in putting it back together 24/7. Can you give a brief description of why you miss the coupe and how it drove?
to be honest i've had two, a 20v turbo and a 16v turbo and can't see why people knock them.
both cars i had were totally reliable but being honest the 16v turbo one for me was the best alrounder.
i had it three years and it never needed anything apart from a battery.

i think the horror stories you here are from cars that have been abused badly.

the driving felt really solid to me also but i did feel the understeer on bad roads pushing the car hard.

for me it was the fact that you don't see many even when they were new and the attention you receive is amazing.
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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth SS 160 Hp Coming in November

I think the SS500 will probably happen, but I doubt it in teh UK, maybe only in london branchs, like lancia (tiny one with fancy kit in it????) is only sold in london, and they still LHD etc


TBH despite the number of cars on our roads, the UK is not an easy place to sell a car, especially performance cars/high end models, I mean how many measly 1.6 mundano's are theere on the roads, and 1.4L astras (new ones I mean), they freaking suck, but its what sells
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I think Mr Beard would still stand by his statement And I'm not the only one, Vickster has a Merc now and there must be others
Is this the exception that proves the rule? Unfortunately, it has often been said that people who know nothing about cars buy BMWs, even though they are possibly the best cars in the world, at least in the 3-5 series range of cars. Unfortunately, whereas most of the people on this site run FIATs because they like the cars, (most) people buy BMWs because of what they think other people will think of them. However, Helz is obviously a person of impeccable taste and discernment and would enhance the reputation of any make of car. (Phew, think I got away with that.)
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