By the time the Abarth rolls out, all the start up hiccups and bugs will be worked out. There won't be a lot of info on the Abarth because they don't want to steal the thunder from the new cars. We'll have to wait on the news until closer to launch time.
I disagree. what about those 30 dealers (40 is what I heard)? what 'thanks' do they get for opening on time, on schedule and meeting all of FIAT's demands? none. they have to wait until many more dealers are open to receive any corporate advertising.
I'm sure they're wondering 'why did we spend so much $$ to ensure we opened ON TIME?' no incentives from FIAT.
I even heard that one dealer won't open now until NEXT YEAR. FIAT should pull their approval and offer it to another party. just not fair to those that are playing by the rules and doing all they can to help the mother company out.
"O'Brien Fiat of Greenwood is MY FIAT Studio of choice!!!"
I was hoping the Abarth wouldn't be so limited I've been waiting on it to arrive here but honestly I'm starting to lean towards a new Alfa anyway. I can see it now a bright red Alfa Giulietta cloverleaf and a nice Saturday morning at the Tail of the Dragon doesn't get any better
Fidgell, thanks for posting this link; had not seen it before. It's a nice article and the video shows that the Abarth is right at home on the race track. Two things I don't like about the test vehicle: I don't like the wheels or the large scorpion decals.
As of the 500C debut at NYIAS, I was still hearing first quarter 2012.
Here is something interesting: In January, I was at press event with Laura Soave and she mentioned beginning 2012, then in March, when I was at Criswell, someone asked her and I noticed she didn't say the beginning of 2012, but just smiled and said next year. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, or maybe they are just keeping their cards close to their chest. We'll see...
Today's Chicago Trib sez the Abarth will have 160-170 bhp and will be introduced in first half of 2012.
Chris, your pricing speculation on the 500 was pretty close to what it turned out to be, any thoughts on the price of the Abarth and what do you think the transmission choices will be given the extra front end crash protection that will be required?
I'm hoping the Abarth is offered with Fiat's DuaLogic gearbox, which is a sequential manual gearbox. It comes in the 180 hp racing version of the 500. This is different than what is offered in the 500 Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari car. That one uses a an MTA (Manual Transmission Automatic) gearbox with a flappy paddle shifter.
Reality Bites! Pity the new Abarth might be difficult to get. I have been SOOOO waiting to have another in the driveway. I certainly hope things start to happen soon. Most of us old guys aren't getting any younger you know ! Hope I can outlast the wait !! LOL
I can totally relate to the waiting / not waiting scenario! Over my desk here at work I have a picture of an Abarth in white with all the stripes and rally lights blasting through the snow entitled "Piemonte Mondiale A Weekend of Events."
My first FIAT was a 1980 Spider 2000 that my dealer kindly installed a rear seatbelt on the bench so my 5 year old son could sit in the back. (I remember him suffering back there for hours next to a coleman cooler!), next up was a Strada and then the ultimo: An Alfa GTV6.
I am really dithering about getting a Pop or Sport now or waiting for the Abarth but it is a race between the grim reaper and who knows, maybe Alzheimers ("Hey where are my keys, where am I going and what am I driving???)