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ggravant
03-03-2012, 12:44 PM
And ... Jalopnik's version

http://jalopnik.com/5890176/fiat-500-abarth-first-drive

grapefish
03-03-2012, 01:05 PM
Venom? What is this? I am intrigued.

Jeepnut
03-03-2012, 01:27 PM
Venom? What is this? I am intrigued.

It's rumored to be called the Viper Venom and slot in under the Viper.

Felnus
03-03-2012, 07:39 PM
It's rumored to be called the Viper Venom and slot in under the Viper.

Please read the article a bit more carefully and check some of the associated pictures on some of the other reviews. The Venom is a special Abarth 500 with 200 hp and carbon fiber body panels to make it lighter.

Showing here:

http://shows.autospies.com/gallery/auto-show-photos.asp?imageId=145450&galleryId=398

ggravant
03-03-2012, 07:41 PM
Please read the article a bit more carefully and check some of the associated pictures on some of the other reviews. The Venom is a special Abarth 500 with 200 hp and carbon fiber body panels to make it lighter.

Showing here:

http://shows.autospies.com/gallery/auto-show-photos.asp?imageId=145450&galleryId=398That is how I read it as well. Maybe something like this will eventually be Fiat's answer to the Mini JCW version.

Felnus
03-03-2012, 07:48 PM
And play this video to see our favorite lady revving the bejeezus out of the Venom about 40 seconds in.


http://youtu.be/B67gSelnGgw

Fiat500USA
03-03-2012, 08:11 PM
The venom is built in cooperation with Magneti Marelli. We'll see some of these options here at your local Chrysler Dealer, so keep an eye out for them.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/--kj3zanCYoM/T1EQj8FFPeI/AAAAAAAALFU/j3r0jZT8RT4/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520121.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--Z54r_Oq0Qg/T1EQegdLrjI/AAAAAAAALFM/e3SGNpi7u-w/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520119.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-aFnmx6jKcQc/T1EOwlu6s-I/AAAAAAAALEk/tppSNMb0E9g/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520114.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-AJzQYms-MqA/T1EN_CVkQqI/AAAAAAAALDQ/evw1TA27SHY/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520103.JPG

Seats are still in the works. Keep your fingers crossed....

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-LYOYGTkirQY/T1ENnGsd6WI/AAAAAAAALCo/FYi_7pkP5xU/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520100.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-wdH-hpDjsx0/T1EOJvb9GEI/AAAAAAAALDg/DoIyc644w_M/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520106.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-WEnBc5ojqQw/T1EOO0itWPI/AAAAAAAALDo/8-9MmBq8IJ8/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520107.JPG

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-AaL7b-O7jvc/T1EOda1FZ-I/AAAAAAAALEE/CGYXkYHmVDA/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520110.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-N8k6_zvH-hw/T1EOh4vdaiI/AAAAAAAALEM/1Yart_8Eo6U/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520111.JPG

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-KQUItJihzTo/T1ENiYg1hgI/AAAAAAAALCg/nUXPFFNTlCk/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520099.JPG

SeaDawg
03-03-2012, 08:13 PM
I have to say this is the most entertaining review of the Abarth of any of the ones I have read. 'Straddles the fine line between feminine and the brutal, eat-your-face look of many new cars', LOL!

And his comments about how the journalists acted around the gorgeous Romanian model are hilarious. I don't think she's 8' 4" tall though, but she IS tall.

Anyway, on a personal level, one of if not the best reviews so far.

Fiat500USA
03-03-2012, 08:21 PM
The venom is built in cooperation with Magneti Marelli. We'll see some of these options here at your local Chrysler Dealer, so keep an eye out for them.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/--kj3zanCYoM/T1EQj8FFPeI/AAAAAAAALFU/j3r0jZT8RT4/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520121.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--Z54r_Oq0Qg/T1EQegdLrjI/AAAAAAAALFM/e3SGNpi7u-w/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520119.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-aFnmx6jKcQc/T1EOwlu6s-I/AAAAAAAALEk/tppSNMb0E9g/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520114.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-AJzQYms-MqA/T1EN_CVkQqI/AAAAAAAALDQ/evw1TA27SHY/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520103.JPG

Seats are still in the works. Keep your fingers crossed....

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-LYOYGTkirQY/T1ENnGsd6WI/AAAAAAAALCo/FYi_7pkP5xU/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520100.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-wdH-hpDjsx0/T1EOJvb9GEI/AAAAAAAALDg/DoIyc644w_M/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520106.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-WEnBc5ojqQw/T1EOO0itWPI/AAAAAAAALDo/8-9MmBq8IJ8/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520107.JPG

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-AaL7b-O7jvc/T1EOda1FZ-I/AAAAAAAALEE/CGYXkYHmVDA/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520110.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-N8k6_zvH-hw/T1EOh4vdaiI/AAAAAAAALEM/1Yart_8Eo6U/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520111.JPG

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-KQUItJihzTo/T1ENiYg1hgI/AAAAAAAALCg/nUXPFFNTlCk/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_500_Abarth-Press_Event%2520099.JPG

buzzny
03-03-2012, 09:28 PM
I can look at these pictures all day long. I know I'm going see them in my sleep too. Can you imagine being 13 years old again and seeing this?!?!?
Thank you.

rtwolfe
03-04-2012, 10:04 PM
And play this video to see our favorite lady revving the bejeezus out of the Venom about 40 seconds in.


http://youtu.be/B67gSelnGgw

In case you wanted a different view of the same presentation and a little more of Catrinel Menghia. She sure knows how to rev the engine..And i like the way she flicks the key open..


http://youtu.be/WPRZFNOQMxo

Ciao

wachuko
03-05-2012, 06:55 PM
Can't wait to see more details and price sheet on these mods... I am really interested on that air filter setup and the exhaust system (what ever makes the turbo breath better and expel the gases more efficiently...), and that cross bar in the back, and those wheels....and...

No mods, no mods, I promised, no mods, I promised, no mods, no mods... arghhhhhh....

GramCracker
03-05-2012, 07:31 PM
The venom is built in cooperation with Magneti Marelli. We'll see some of these options here at your local Chrysler Dealer, so keep an eye out for them.

Will we be able to order the Sabelt seats at the US dealers (be it Chrysler or Fiat)? Or do we have to order them from over the pond?

Felnus
03-05-2012, 07:38 PM
I have a question. What is hiding under the built up floor in the cargo area?

1413

nyc eng
03-05-2012, 08:21 PM
Looks like the beats by dr. dre insignia, so I'm guessing a pair of speakers.

Felnus
03-05-2012, 08:33 PM
So that's what that is. I thought it was an odd place to put a Brembo sticker...

talindsay
03-05-2012, 11:33 PM
Man that Venom version is ugly. The Abarth is a pretty car but all that carbon is ugly. IF it's functional (i.e., plenty of real carbon, substantially reducing overall weight) then it'll make up for its looks with smoking performance, but what a way to make a beautiful Italian car look like an overwrought wannabe ricer. I wonder what the real weight difference is with all that. Twenty pounds? Just get on the treadmill and keep the much prettier painted metal parts. Fifty pounds? Okay, maybe then it's worth it for track days, but not for daily driving.

Have Trumpet Will Travel
03-06-2012, 12:06 AM
-. . . . . .What a way to make a beautiful Italian car look like an overwrought wannabe ricer. I wonder what the real weight difference is with all that. Twenty pounds? Just get on the treadmill and keep the much prettier painted metal parts. Well said, plus the cost of that stuff. I'm all for weight-saving, but at the cost of UGLY?

500MADNESS.com
03-06-2012, 01:44 AM
We have most of these CF parts on the way and some already in stock now along with the wheels featured on the car. The MM parts used on this version can be installed on a regular ABARTH.

As far as performance upgrades for the ABARTH go... we have some really, really great info we are about to release so stay tuned...

Fix it again Tony
03-06-2012, 02:20 AM
Abarth ,Abarth, Abarth...

rtwolfe
03-06-2012, 09:47 AM
Hey chris. Can you buy venom upgrades ala cart? And what do they include? ECU, brakes? Tranny upgrade? Do you have the spec?

Ciao

GramCracker
03-06-2012, 11:24 AM
We have most of these CF parts on the way and some already in stock now along with the wheels featured on the car. The MM parts used on this version can be installed on a regular ABARTH.

As far as performance upgrades for the ABARTH go... we have some really, really great info we are about to release so stay tuned...

I need to know about the Sabelt seats. Tell me more...NOW! haha Or just tell me about the sabelt seats, can I order these in the US? I don't want to buy them from Europe and find out a month after they arrive I could order them here. Plus, the stock seats look god awful and extremely unsupportive.

luke_vibert_uk
03-06-2012, 01:47 PM
They should have dressed the tyres!

The bonnet (although I'm not keen on the CF finish) would be welcome as its not light. What with many cars now incorporating plastic and Aluminium panels, the only reason I can guess for the steel bonnet is for pedestrian and crash protection.


I need to know about the Sabelt seats. Tell me more...NOW! haha Or just tell me about the sabelt seats, can I order these in the US? I don't want to buy them from Europe and find out a month after they arrive I could order them here. Plus, the stock seats look god awful and extremely unsupportive.

The stock seats are fine just decide if you want leather or not as they get slidy and dont hold you in...

ggravant
03-06-2012, 02:09 PM
They should have dressed the tyres!

The bonnet (although I'm not keen on the CF finish) would be welcome as its not light. What with many cars now incorporating plastic and Aluminium panels, the only reason I can guess for the steel bonnet is for pedestrian and crash protection.



The stock seats are fine just decide if you want leather or not as they get slidy and dont hold you in...Bonnet??? I guess I could see how lighter is better haha

GramCracker
03-06-2012, 03:49 PM
The stock seats are fine just decide if you want leather or not as they get slidy and dont hold you in...

If I get a car, it will be cloth as I have read on Abarthisti the leather doesn't seem to hold up well over time (sliding issues you mention) and I will replace the front seats. They just don't look good in my opinion. Plus the Sabelts are utterly gorgeous and look super comfy!


Bonnet??? I guess I could see how lighter is better haha

The thing that covers the engine. Us 'Muricans refer to it as a hood.

smoove7410
03-09-2012, 01:06 AM
They need to offer the tune. That is what brings the power up...intake/exhaust are going to be minor upgrades on the abarth.

wachuko
03-09-2012, 08:49 AM
They need to offer the tune. That is what brings the power up...intake/exhaust are going to be minor upgrades on the abarth.

They are, to the tune of 200hp... can't wait!

Fiat500USA
03-09-2012, 10:33 AM
Hey chris. Can you buy venom upgrades ala cart? And what do they include? ECU, brakes? Tranny upgrade? Do you have the spec?

Ciao

I've been swamped so am a little behind here. Yes, you can or should be able to get everything ala cart. I know they are working on the seats. I've got a story in the works.

DrSinisster
03-21-2012, 07:10 PM
I absolutely love this ride. I ordered mine as soon as the dealer could put it in. Litterally he called an said "...my boss called me in his office and said i can order them now so let me know when youd like to come in too discuss it..." i said "IM ON MY WAY!"(I hounded him like a pack of wolves prior too this call...well like a one man wolf pack anyways!). I definitely will be getting that hood. My guess is $1200 price range, but we will see. Depends what they overcharge for it in Canada. Im livid i went with the hyper black 17's now i know there could be some smokin matte black ones :mad:. Prolly will do the carbon fascia and splitter too, along with strut braces an hp boosters. Seats are nice but it will be my 3 season DD so prolly not gonna be best for comfort. Plus again i ordered the leather seats. Its like they are gonna make better versions of the options they offer now which is disheartening and awesome! warranty approved performance upgrades sound really good too.

smoove7410
05-02-2012, 06:28 PM
They are, to the tune of 200hp... can't wait!

Yes, I know this is a retardedly late reaction, but hell yes!!!!!!!!! With 200 hp, this thing should scoot!