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    This is for any Abarth owners over age 50 in particular

    Curious about how many Abarth owners here are at least age 50, or higher. I am 61, and will still be 61 when my Rosso arrives soon. I know Fiat targets a much lower age group then my age, but read somewhere on the net, that Fiat was surprised by how many 50+ age drivers were buying Fiats in general.

    Like to see if I am the only old man here, who still has a serious need for speed, and loves that sound coming out the back. Been enjoying driving a Nero Sport the past few months, but it's too quiet for me. It's a manual, and like with other small cars, I have learned how to squeeze every ounce out of it driving. I think a lot of folks just don't know how to work a small car with a small engine.

    I was nuts enough to buy a new 1986 Yugo when I lived up in NH, paid 3,990 new (no sales tax up there) and drove it hard for 3 years with zero repairs. My worlds speed record in it was 92 MPH, tailwind, coming off a steep hill. Traded it for 2,500 bucks later on a new VW Fox Sports.

    So looking forward to my own Abarth, should only be a few more weeks now. My dealer (and now friend) was just a Daytona doing the Experience thing, waiting for an update from him about that, and projected delivery of my Rosso.

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    I recall one guy stating he was 71 (I think), I know there are many over 50, plenty over 60 and some beyond 70 if both forums are taken into account.

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    66, will be 67 in June. I love speed too. Drive a 2014 Viper TA and my 2012 Abarth. Sometimes I think the Abarth is more fun to drive than the Viper.

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    Thanks guys, makes me feel better. My good wife of 40 years had no problem with me getting the Abarth, I had this long spill all planned out, but never had to use it, she knew all along that is what I really wanted.

    A former boss of mine had 2 vipers, much earlier vintages than yours, and would let me take one out on the weekends when I wanted, it was straight line fast as hades, but I never felt safe or comfortable in the car, didn't like how it handled. Plus you could almost literally watch the gas gauge go down when really getting it on.

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    I fall into this category, too. Looking at the Abarth Age Poll, it shows a good percentage of owners are in the 50-59 age bracket : http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showt...highlight=poll
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    I'll be 68 in a couple months and have about 25,000 miles on my '12 Abarth. I do have 2 new knees if that makes a difference. I've found the Abarth helps keep me young and a smile on my face. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I have mine.
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    It doesn't surprise me at all that older drivers are adopting the Abarth, despite it being targeted at younger buyers. One reason is that both younger and older drivers are unencumbered from constant family hauling, so they are candidates for smaller cars. Also, I think knowledgeable older drivers recognize the value of what auto execs are trying to do to win over younger customers. Performance, style and a sensible approach to economy are things that make a lot of sense--whether you're a 24 year old graduate or a 60 year old empty nester.

    Edited to add: I'm 49 years old with three kids at home. The two boys are in HS and driving, so we refreshed the family fleet, giving them our '09 Honda Fit, and replacing our '08 Honda Odyssey with a '14 Mazda6.

    For those keeping score at home, we upgraded from Odyssey/Fit to Mazda6/Abarth. Life is pretty good.
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    I'm 55, empty nester. Only have 2500 miles on a 2013 and I love it. I came from a Cadillac DeVille a Saturn Coup and a long line of full size pickups.

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