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morrisg
03-29-2016, 02:04 PM
So far, we haven't seen any actual Fiat 124 driving reviews other than the Al Volante video review. Since Fiat 124 production has begun at Hiroshima, there should be reviews appearing soon. Let's post links to those reviews in this thread so we have an easy way to find them online. I'm excited to hear actual 3rd party driving impressions of this gorgeous new car! Soon!

morrisg
03-29-2016, 02:29 PM
So here's the older Top Gear review of the 138hp Euro version: http://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/124-spider/first-drive

MJAB
03-29-2016, 07:36 PM
Quattroruote (Italy) video


http://youtu.be/qxJ6ouY5ZkA

AutoExpress (UK)
http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/fiat/124/94406/new-fiat-124-spider-2016-review

morrisg
05-25-2016, 01:57 AM
Until June arrives you can read the only two driving reviews that we have found of the Fiat 124 Spider. Enjoy!

theoffice
06-05-2016, 10:24 AM
I'm sure that we are all eagerly awaiting the US 124 Spider driving reviews coming this week. Post them here!! It'll be interesting to see how the US reviews compare to the Europe reviews. Plus, it will be cool to see how drivers will be able to differentiate the 124 and Miata besides the extra torque and which car they prefer. Also, have fun driving the car this week Mr. FIAT500usa!! We can't wait to see the reviews, info, and pics that you come back with! :)

randY49
06-10-2016, 09:12 AM
http://www.autoblog.com/2016/06/10/2017-fiat-124-spider-first-drive/

First one I've seen.

MJAB
06-10-2016, 09:15 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GglRPaz0Yo

MJAB
06-10-2016, 09:19 AM
The Driver's Perspective

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvQBHaSRe9U

randY49
06-10-2016, 09:31 AM
http://jalopnik.com/the-2017-fiat-124-spider-really-is-better-than-the-miat-1781392740

Another. It doesn't get much more glowing than this.

Robert Nixon
06-10-2016, 11:54 AM
Man, I've got one year or so to go and pay off my Abarth, would love to just go get the new Abarth Spider!

MJAB
06-10-2016, 03:23 PM
Auto Express (UK)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxt-vSdl2m0

Abarth 124 Spider 2016 review (article)
http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/abarth/124/95868/abarth-124-spider-2016-review

TonyM315
06-10-2016, 09:21 PM
Pretty thorough review here:


http://youtu.be/TFw29Fy78aY

Robert Nixon
06-11-2016, 10:56 AM
Motor Trend: http://www.motortrend.com/news/2017-fiat-124-spider-first-drive-review/

Robert Nixon
06-11-2016, 10:57 AM
Car and Driver:http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2017-fiat-124-spider-first-drive-review

Robert Nixon
06-12-2016, 12:37 PM
JD Power:http://www.jdpower.com/cars/articles/new-car-previews/2017-fiat-abarth-124-spider-preview

author says he drove the Abarth version on the autocross in San Diego, but didn't write that one up much.

Good-Win Racing
06-13-2016, 08:24 PM
We made it to the Fiat 124 driving event this past week, my review is published by DSPORT magazine at THIS LINK. (http://dsportmag.com/the-scene/news-and-updates/fiat-124-tested-good-win-racing/)

We develop and race the ND Miata extensively, so we already have a great understanding of the bones upon which the new Fiat 124 is based and are looking forward to applying our expertise to the Fiat version.

http://www.mazdatalkforum.com/download/file.php?id=3595&t=1




Some background, my first Fiat was a 1978 Fiat 124....pic below is me 30 years ago with my 1978.
That was the first roadster for me, the first car in which I changed shocks and sways and went racing.
So I have Fiat in the blood from way back, and the new 124 is really a fun return to my roots.
http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=22306&stc=1


We made deposit on our own Fiat 124 today!
CLASSICA, 6-Spd Manual, ROSSO RED...only option is 'Technology Collection'.

Another link to our DSPORT Magazine review:

http://dsportmag.com/the-scene/news-and-updates/fiat-124-tested-good-win-racing/

http://www.mazdatalkforum.com/download/file.php?id=3599&t=1

Our young Sean Thomson also got some time behind the wheel at the event, his review posted at THIS LINK (http://www.mazdatalkforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=3553) along with many more PICTURES!

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7351/26977227333_1ac58650bf_h.jpg)

Robert Nixon
06-13-2016, 09:19 PM
Good-Win Racing,
glad to have you here!

shagghie
06-13-2016, 10:30 PM
Moist excellent review! So.... you got a classico! For those of use unfamilar with the platform, just how much of a cone-eating beast can you turn it into? I'm sure I'm not alone in saying, if you have any questions on how to get the most out of the 1368cc engine, let us know. A few of us are pushing ~210hp *per liter*. A plus one turbo (1750) is an easy way to get to 240+whp, and you then best the alfa 4c in power to weight at a fraction of the entry cost. Four exhausts, 3 intakes, 4 suspensions, 3 turbos, one transmission, and tons of spark plug testing later... we've got a decent formula for what works and what doesn't. And, with the better thermal dynamics under the hood of the 124 and not being FWD, betting the 124 will make a much easier chassis to get additional power out of while managing heat on the transmission, AIT's, etc.

Long way to say thank you for the review, and we'd LOVE to hear more about what 'works' on the ND, and where to spend money first to get around the cones! We're all here to help with your engine build, toO!


We made it to the Fiat 124 driving event this past week, my review is published by DSPORT magazine at THIS LINK. (http://dsportmag.com/the-scene/news-and-updates/fiat-124-tested-good-win-racing/)

We develop and race the ND Miata extensively, so we already have a great understanding of the bones upon which the new Fiat 124 is based and are looking forward to applying our expertise to the Fiat version.

http://www.mazdatalkforum.com/download/file.php?id=3595&t=1




Some background, my first Fiat was a 1978 Fiat 124....pic below is me 30 years ago with my 1978.
That was the first roadster for me, the first car in which I changed shocks and sways and went racing.
So I have Fiat in the blood from way back, and the new 124 is really a fun return to my roots.
http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=22306&stc=1


We made deposit on our own Fiat 124 today!
CLASSICA, 6-Spd Manual, ROSSO RED...only option is 'Technology Collection'.

Another link to our DSPORT Magazine review:

http://dsportmag.com/the-scene/news-and-updates/fiat-124-tested-good-win-racing/

http://www.mazdatalkforum.com/download/file.php?id=3599&t=1

Our young Sean Thomson also got some time behind the wheel at the event, his review posted at THIS LINK (http://www.mazdatalkforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=3553) along with many more PICTURES!

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7351/26977227333_1ac58650bf_h.jpg)

Good-Win Racing
06-13-2016, 11:43 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome!

A primer on the motor would be awesome, lunch is on me whenever you have time!

On autocross and track handling, Fiat buyers will have the benefit of the year we have invested in development of parts for this chassis. Rear suspension is curiously long travel for such a small car, and a lot of testing has gone into getting suspension mods right. For example, it has taken a year of testing to finish the Ohlins coilovers that will finally start shipping next week...and those will bolt to the Fiat as will all our ND suspension and brake upgrades, etc.

Our ND at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca below testing our Ohlins Coilovers, Progress Sways, 17x9 wheel fitments, etc...
http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=22311&stc=1

Fiat500USA
06-14-2016, 01:18 PM
Here is a look at the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth being driven by one of the development engineers for your enjoyment. This car is so driveable and controllable, it should do very well at your local autocross. Mopar already has some neat accessories for it and are working on even more.


http://youtu.be/SShPAuSrWJY

Trunkout
06-14-2016, 01:23 PM
Here is a look at the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth being driven by one of the development engineers for your enjoyment. This car is so driveable and controllable, it should do very well at your local autocross. Mopar already has some neat accessories for it and are working on even more.


http://youtu.be/SShPAuSrWJY

Holy Crap that needs lowering! Looks like a Subaru!

Good-Win Racing
06-14-2016, 01:39 PM
The Fiat engineers were excited enough with what we have done on ND to propose coming back to another autocross event at this same location in the future once we have our Fiat lowered and setup for autocross. Will try to make that happen. The Fiat crew was VERY interested in learning more about what the enthusiasts buying this car will want.

shagghie
06-14-2016, 02:06 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome!

A primer on the motor would be awesome, lunch is on me whenever you have time!

On autocross and track handling, Fiat buyers will have the benefit of the year we have invested in development of parts for this chassis. Rear suspension is curiously long travel for such a small car, and a lot of testing has gone into getting suspension mods right. For example, it has taken a year of testing to finish the Ohlins coilovers that will finally start shipping next week...and those will bolt to the Fiat as will all our ND suspension and brake upgrades, etc.

Our ND at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca below testing our Ohlins Coilovers, Progress Sways, 17x9 wheel fitments, etc...
http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=22311&stc=1

Oh that bodes VERY WELL for us, awesome info! 17x9's, eh? they tuck it looks like still...any rubbing up front? what series tire, looks about a 205 in the pic with a slight stretch, unless you run low air on this chassis? We've got one tuner that's already got launch control with pre-spool limiter on a big turbo that launches like a bat out of hell, so the software is getting up to speed quickly, although we'll have to see what ECU Fiat ships with the 124 Multiair. (unless you happen to know??). A piggy back will get you to ~205whp with bolt ons. Should be just perfect for auto-cross even with just 200+whp and 17x9's.

The mind reels!

morrisg
06-14-2016, 03:36 PM
^^^ This Abarth appears to readily take a set in transitions and is well damped when it crosses over some bumps during turns. While there is more body roll than I like, at least the springs, bars and dampers appear to be well tuned together. Watching the driver's hands, he isn't constantly sawing at the wheel with minor corrections which bolsters my opinion of the initial set that is correct for the corner. Most importantly, it looks like lots of fun!

Bottom line is that the Abarth suspension is well tuned from the factory and isn't going to need aftermarket sways, springs or dampers for most of the spirited drivers out there. There will always be the extremists (like me!) who will want a full coilover setup, but it looks like a very good platform to start with.

Axel
06-15-2016, 07:51 AM
2016-06-13 Top Gear Review: the MOPAR Fiat 124 Abarth

http://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/124-spider/first-drive-2

one comment... "I feel a great disturbance in the Force. It's as if a million muscle car petrol heads all cried out at the same time." :smile:

Axel
06-15-2016, 07:59 AM
2016-06-14 Torque News: The 2017 Fiat 124 Abarth is My New Favorite Affordable Roadster

http://www.torquenews.com/106/2017-fiat-124-abarth-my-new-favorite-affordable-roadster (http://www.torquenews.com/106/2017-fiat-124-abarth-my-new-favorite-affordable-roadster)

http://www.torquenews.com/sites/default/files/image-106/dsc_1969.jpg

Axel
06-15-2016, 08:18 AM
2016-06-11 Road and Track

Fiat 124 Abarth Keeps It Old-School In San Remo

Watch the Abarth ​124 Rally​ wind its way through the 1975 San Remo Rally.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW2TqhQo1nk

Initial reports of the 2016 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth are good, great, astounding—employing the sort of hyperbolic breathlessness usually reserved for Latino football announcers and "Guttural, snarly, and obnoxious," says our intrepid field reporter and Nespresso enthusiast, Sam Smith. "The Abarth is just brilliant," said barely-tame racing driver Jack Baruth. "I f***ing love the Abarth," blurted Michael Ballaban of Jalopnik, with as much subtlety as the Abarth's snarling, fart-burbling exhaust. "It's the sort of car that looks good, sounds good, and makes you feel good. What the hell are you complaining about?"

So, it's a good car, then.

http://roa.h-cdn.co/assets/16/14/640x320/landscape-1459796554-dw-burnett-puppyknuckles-nyias-2016-9305.jpg
RELATED ARTICLE
Listen to the Un-Muffled Loudness of the Fiat 124 Abarth Spider

(http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/future-cars/videos/a28710/fiat-124-abarth-spider-sound/)
Finally, it seems, we have a new, cheap, fun car that can inspire such spine-tingling, fist-pumping verbiage. Finally, at least for the first time in a while, here's a car that goes as well as it looks. A new car that conveys its heritage well, both in shamelessly retro and motorsports-winning guises. It's the latter with which we're most interested. Because should we never forget the inherent Abarth-ness of the outgoing 124 Sport Spider. a car that actually carries some real, genuine Group 4 rallying pedigree, and therefore wears it matte-black hood as a badge of honor. It's earned it.
(http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/news/a29337/period-lancia-rally-documentaries-require-no-translation/)

Axel
06-15-2016, 08:26 AM
2016-06-14 Digital Trends

First Drive: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

Fiat's 124 Spider isn't a car, it's every driver's soul mate


http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/2017-fiat-124-spider-first-drive/

"The driver’s car is dying. It’s a woeful, frustrating truth, but it is our future reality. Certainly, there are multiple definitions of a driver’s car, but ultimately, they can all be boiled down to engagement. Sports cars will continue to get faster, but they’ll never become more visceral to drive. Enthusiasts live in a mystical time, where some automakers produce traditional driving experiences, while others attempt to reinvent the relationship between man and machine. Heck, some brands are doing both at once.

Before the sun sets on the manual transmission; before rear-wheel drive is dubbed “too dangerous” for modern transportation; before alternative energy powertrains saturate every corner of the market – we can still play out our automobile-personified dreams.


The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider has arrived in search of drivers. Who wants to be found?"

http://icdn7.digitaltrends.com/image/2017-fiat-124-spider-track-17-720x720.jpg

Good-Win Racing
06-15-2016, 12:00 PM
Oh that bodes VERY WELL for us, awesome info! 17x9's, eh? they tuck it looks like still...any rubbing up front? what series tire, looks about a 205 in the pic with a slight stretch, unless you run low air on this chassis? We've got one tuner that's already got launch control with pre-spool limiter on a big turbo that launches like a bat out of hell, so the software is getting up to speed quickly, although we'll have to see what ECU Fiat ships with the 124 Multiair. (unless you happen to know??). A piggy back will get you to ~205whp with bolt ons. Should be just perfect for auto-cross even with just 200+whp and 17x9's.

The mind reels!





17x9 with 235/40 tires. That is for track/autocross users, for street driving we suggestion that 235/40 on 17x8 as you can see with another of our ND Miata below.

http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=22321&stc=1

Axel
06-15-2016, 12:10 PM
2016-06-13 Bold Ride "The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is Sprezzatura On Wheels: First Drive
a review from a guy with hangover...beerchug

http://news.boldride.com/2016/06/2017-fiat-124-spider-review-specs-horsepower-price/106095/

http://news.cdn.boldride.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/13075221/fiat-124-2.gif

Axel
06-15-2016, 12:29 PM
this review even mentions Good-Win...

"And the car will most likely soon benefit from a raft of other aftermarket accessories as well, if the presence at the autocross circuit of a very interested and smiling Brian Goodwin – of Good-Win Racing, one of the leading Miata aftermarket parts specialists – was any indication."

2016-06-14 GTSpirit.com 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Review

http://gtspirit.com/2016/06/14/2017-fiat-124-spider-review/

Axel
06-15-2016, 06:27 PM
2016-06-09 news3lv: 2017 Fiat Spider: Another take on 2-seat, top down fun

http://news3lv.com/news/auto-matters/2017-fiat-124-spider-another-take-on-2-seat-top-down-fun-first-look

http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=22330&stc=1


and a "kinda" comparison review:
2016-06-13 Fast Lane Car "Convertible Comparo: MINI Cooper vs Fiat 124, MX-5 and VW Beetle"

http://www.bmwblog.com/2016/06/13/convertible-comparo-mini-cooper-vs-fiat-124-mx-5-vw-beetle/

http://cdn.bmwblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Untitled-1-750x500.jpg

2016-06-13 Cars.com Video: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider and 2016 Mazda Miata Go Head to Head

https://www.cars.com/articles/video-2017-fiat-124-spider-and-2016-mazda-miata-go-head-to-head-1420684784387/

http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=22325&stc=1

Axel
06-15-2016, 07:08 PM
nice pics of the Abarth...

2016-06-11 Slash Gear 2017 Fiat 124 Spider First Drive

http://www.slashgear.com/2017-fiat-124-spider-first-drive-11443697/

http://cdn.slashgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/IMG_9469-1080x720.jpg

Axel
06-15-2016, 08:00 PM
2016-06-10 TTAC 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Review – Shhh, Don’t Say Its Name

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/06/review-2017-fiat-124-spider/#more-1359857

lots of comments re: ND vs 124

Tom from Grassroots Motorsports wrings out the Abarth seemingly a lot faster than the rest of the reviewers...

http://youtu.be/p4DtmPF1b8k

Axel
06-16-2016, 01:01 PM
2016-06-16 Globe and Mail: Reborn Fiat is fun, fun, fun - and more than just a MX-5 copycat

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/reviews/new-cars/review-in-its-own-way-the-2017-fiat-124-is-just-as-desirable-as-the-mx-5/article30465357/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/reviews/new-cars/article30465355.ece/BINARY/w940/image.jpg

2016-06-16 Canadian Journal: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Review: The modern Italian roadster returns (Video)

http://canadajournal.net/technology/2017-fiat-124-spider-review-modern-italian-roadster-returns-video-49284-2016/

http://canadajournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/2017-Fiat-124-Spider-Review-The-modern-Italian-roadster-returns-Video-660x330.jpg

2016-06-16 SunMotors: Road Test: Fiat 124 Spider Review

http://www.sunmotors.co.uk/news/road-test-fiat-124-spider-review-2016/

I love the British prose... yelrotflmao-vi

"You’re buzzing around Verona, the home of Romeo And Juliet, roof down in your sports car, when the phone rings: “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?”You reply, hands-free of course: “I’m out in the Spider, luv, I’ll be back in a bit.”
(Slight pause)
“Well, hurry up, you tosser. You’re late.”
It’s Shakespeare updated for 2016 *— with a missus AND a mistress.

First there’s the missus. One minute she loves you, the next she wants to castrate you. You can never work her out.
Then there’s the mistress — always ready to put a smile on your face.

Clearly, the mistress here is the Fiat 124 Spider. You always promised yourself a red Italian sports car beginning with “F” — and now you can have one, for under £20,000.

...the styling is pure Italian. All the body panels are different and the Spider is longer and more masculine than the dinky MX-5.


Less hairdresser. It is a nod to the original 124 Spider (1966 vintage, ask your grandad) but that was never sold here.
As for value, the Mazda is a few quid cheaper to buy and possibly cheaper to run, but the entry Spider Classica has more standard kit including air-con, cruise control with speed limiter and Bluetooth.

VERDICT: Bellissimo. I’m sorry MX-5, I’ve had a better offer."

http://cdn.wp.sunmotors.co.uk/get/2016/06/gsn_Romeo_C.jpg

Axel
06-18-2016, 08:04 PM
Video: 2017 Fiat Spider with Bob Broderdorf, Director, FIAT Brand North America


http://youtu.be/RkQIBdB77Sc

Axel
06-18-2016, 09:23 PM
http://www.fiat.co.uk/resources/img/cars/124/sportivita/box_meccanica.png

http://www.fiat.co.uk/resources/img/cars/124/sportivita/box_sospensioni.jpg

ABARTH 124 SPIDER - The engine




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvDrGPbI1Bc

Axel
06-18-2016, 09:46 PM
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ChybvpsXAAE4-pz.jpg

Axel
06-19-2016, 05:22 PM
2016-06-13 girlsdrivefasttoo: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider First Drive

http://girlsdrivefasttoo.com/2016/06/13/2017-fiat-124-spider-first-drive/

"...I own and daily drive an NC Club and happened to drive it down to the event.

"...What’s the verdict, you ask? Would I take a Miata or a 124? Classica, Lusso, Abarth or Sport, Club, Grand Touring? I’ll tell you what. It’s not an easy task to take on the best-selling two-seat sports car of all time and make it their own in as grand a fashion as Fiat has. It’s obvious from spending a full day with the car how proud and confident the folks at FCA are about the outcome of the 124. And they should be.
I’ll take a manual Abarth with all the Mopar goodies, please."

http://girlsdrivefasttoo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/2017-Fiat-124-Spider-Launch-Lusso-bagde.jpg

Axel
06-23-2016, 08:32 AM
This review has NO mention of the MX-5 or even Mazda! Blasphemy! :)


http://www.forbes.com/sites/kbrauer/2016/06/22/2017-fiat-124-spider-the-iconic-roadster-returns/#244870344e7b

Axel
06-23-2016, 08:56 AM
FCA Media event at the FCA US Chelsea (Michigan) Proving Grounds is today.

http://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/WhatsNew-2011-1024x506.jpg

Thursday, we’ll give you a glimpse of 2017

By Mike Driehorst
"Our annual What’s New event is Thursday at the FCA US Chelsea (Michigan) Proving Grounds. It’s a day where invited media see, sit in, learn about and drive many of our 2017 models. Of course, the information on many of these vehicles is embargoed – that is, the media can’t talk about them – until sometime in September.

But, there are still a few things we can show you.

We won’t be breaking any news, but we will give you a new look at some things you already know about. The highlight will be a Facebook Live of the 2017 Dodge Viper. We’re scheduled to talk with Dodge Viper Brand Manager Ryan Kim, starting at approximately 10 a.m. ET.

We’ll also give you a fresh look, inside and out, of the Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel.

Plus, you can be on the lookout for other 2017 vehicles we’ve announced during the past auto show season. These include the 2017 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Tailhawk and its somewhat sophisticated sibling, 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit.

You may also see more of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, as well as the 2017 Ram Power Wagon out on the Lyman (off-road) Trail.

To keep an eye on what we see, follow us at Twitter and Instagram. And, we might even toss out our first Snap story."

I want to see the 124 embarass the Viper! yelrotflmao-vi

DevonK
06-25-2016, 07:55 AM
Actually that is Jack Baruth of TTAC doing the driving, you can see his uniquely long hair in a few spots. He is a very good driver (and makes sure everyone knows it just about every time he puts finger to keyboard).

Tom from Grassroots Motorsports wrings out the Abarth seemingly a lot faster than the rest of the reviewers...

http://youtu.be/p4DtmPF1b8k

Axel
06-26-2016, 08:42 PM
This almost 1-1/4 hour European Abath review has lots of on road sounds and sights! At about the 1:03:00 mark, there is an interview with the head of Abarth

Only 2500 124 Abarth's will be made worldwide in 2016... "next year, we'll see". All the Abarths are shipped from Hiroshima to Turin, Italy for final assembly...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3KRLuJHGWU

FSpydie
06-30-2016, 01:17 PM
Looking good.

Fiat 124 First Drive: Corner Hugger Supreme (not just a “Fiata”)
by Patrick Rall in June 2016 (4.5 stars)
http://www.allpar.com/reviews/fiat/124-first-drive.html

Tim0331
07-05-2016, 06:43 PM
Not an official review, but the Fiat dealer by me just received their first shipment of them today so I called them up to see if I could take a test drive.

Special thanks to Mike and Cammy at Westbury Fiat for letting me take one out for a spin on such short notice.

The car I got to drive was a Rosso Red Classica automatic. Not my first choice unfortunately, but as we all know the first batch was only automatics and I am most certainly manual bias.

Exterior:

By now, most of us have seen the exterior of the car in person or at least enough pictures on the internet to gather what it looks like so I won't waste any time here. The only thing I will say is the top is incredibly easy to put down. It is just like the Miata, but if you haven't operated one of them, to put it down there is a single lever on the inside that pops the top off its secure location, and then you simply push it back behind you and it snaps in to place. To put the top up, there is a lever in between the seats you pull up, the top pops up, you pull it over your head and secure it with the latch you originally released to put the top down. Super quick and easy.

Interior:

The interior was surprisingly roomy for a two seater. Honestly, I did not feel cramped at all. I am only 5'10", but i'd imagine anyone under 6' would feel the same way. You really don't feel like you're crunched in a tuna fish can at all, I was pleasantly surprised by this. The one I drove had the cloth seats, but the one in the showroom had the leather and I can say both seats were equally comfortable to sit in. The cloth is your standard cloth, however the leather had a more high class feel to it than that that comes in the 500's. The soft touch bits on the interior also kept surprisingly accurate to their name, we're not talking pillow soft here, but much softer and better looking than your standard plastic trim. The climate control buttons, as well as the knob to control the entertainment display were all well within reach with no issue reaching anything. The 7" display is plenty big and the navigation is fairly intuitive once you get the gist of how it works. The sound system for me was perfect, I have most certainly heard better, but unless you are an audio junky the stock non-bose system will do just fine in my opinion. Let me also mention that with the top down and the windows up, I was surprised that I could have a normal conversation without yelling. I did not drive it with the top up because it was 90 degrees, and I did not drive with the windows down since the dealer sticker was already on it, so you're mileage may vary with different window/top combinations. The only quirk on the interior that I could see getting annoying is the placement of the snap in cup holders. If you decide to go for a manual, they may get in the way, but I'm assuming that's why Fiat has made them removable. For the auto though, you don't even notice them. Overall the interior is very simplistic, it really fits this type of car well with no fancy gadgets or unnecessary buttons. If you're buying this car for the trunk, then you need to reconsider your priorities, but with that being said, it really isn't all that small. Id say you could fit three, maybe four duffel bags in it without an issue.

Test Drive:

Before I took it out for I drive I had expected the automatic tranny to be awful, and the suspension to be soft and cushy with no steering response as that is what i essentially expect from most base model cars. Let me tell you, I was wrong. Even for a base model the cars suspension is pretty firm, and the steering response also gives nice feedback and is very precise. It makes me excited for the Abarth as an improvement on any aspect of the handling or suspension is going to make the car that much better. The automatic shifts and rev matches flawlessly and it is actually a pretty fun car to drive. Even though I had to stay calm while driving it since it was only a test drive, I did get to test the 0-60 acceleration. I obviously dont have any numbers, but the acceleration is pretty much on par with a stock 500 Abarth. Overall for it being the base model, and an automatic, I was very impressed. It almost made me consider not waiting for the Abarth and just waiting for a manual classica.

Overall, I was very impressed with the car inside and out. Getting to examine one up close and drive it really erased any doubts I had about whether or not I wanted to go through with purchasing one. If a dealer by you has them in stock, I highly recommend making it over there to test drive one.

Obligatory pictures, sorry I didn't get any of the trunk or engine bay, but I was more focused on driving the thing then taking pictures. I am also by no means a professional or even amateur photographer.

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canesice
07-05-2016, 07:07 PM
thanks for the review! Looking forward to seeing one in person!

canesice
07-05-2016, 07:55 PM
Hey Tim0331.. I see a prima in the lot. Did you take a peek at that one? Is it already sold?

Tim0331
07-05-2016, 08:07 PM
Hey Tim0331.. I see a prima in the lot. Did you take a peek at that one? Is it already sold?

Canesice,

You really should check one out if a dealer local has one! Be warned, you may have a strong urge to buy one.

There was a prima in the lot, however it is sold with the caveat that the person who has the down-payment on it comes, looks at it, and likes it.

I couldn't get a good shot of it as the surrounding cars were close, but I do really like the blue/tan combo.