Thanks for all the kind feedback and the warm welcome.
It seems like a really friendly crowd here.
I look forward to sharing more of my motoring adventure. I hope my contributions will be worthy.
I don't really regret getting the Abarth GQ Edition even if I might not have gotten a very good price. The motor and exhaust still have that fun pleasing sound - different from Mustang GT but loud enough nonetheless. Anybody know how the "Sport Tuned Dual Exhaust" differs from that on the usually Abarth? I really like the Abarth drivetrain and suspension but I prefer the Lounge style and comfort. Not so fond of the Abarth sport seats or all the exterior design flourishes. I prefer restraint in the appearance - so no stripes or excessive graphics for me. Perhaps I should get some Scorpions on it though... I'm even a Scorpion myself (Born October 24 same day that both my own father and Carlo Abarth died - my mom was born November 15 same day as Carlo Abarth's birthday... Destiny?).
Who knows when Fiat will make something like it again? Perhaps if anybody could recommend a good resource to read on how to best negotiate a new car purchase. Perhaps there are also specific tips relevant for the Fiats. It might make a good resource for other forum members.
My buddy who just moved to Italy with his wife said he was impressed with my choice. He's intrigued by Abarth 695 Competizione Tributo Ferrari. That might be a bit much for me.
Now I just need to learn how make the most of my new toy. Too bad the Abarth GQ isn't eligible for the track experience. I would have flown down to LA to do that! It's too bad they don't make it available to purchase. Perhaps you kind folks are familiar with something similar or perhaps better to learn how to get the most pleasure and performance out of my driving? I've heard of things like "Hollywood Driving School" to learn some of the things they do in the films. Can't wait to see what James Bond does with the little Fiat 500 in the next film. I'm living in Seattle, but I'd consider flying someplace too if it's worth it. It might also be a nice present for my brother to take him along. We need to teach him to drive manual, but I don't want to do that with my new baby Bella Bianca.