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    Driving my Abarth has brought me back to my YOUTH!

    At 49 I have had a ton of different cars. I have had my share of hatches. VW Scirocco, Ford Escort GT, Saab 900 Turbo, VW MK5 GTI. BUT, my favorite hatch that I owned (prior to the Abarth) was the 1st Gen Honda CRX SI (1986). For it's time it was quick. Reviews called it a "Pocket Rocket" (not by today's standards-at least not the US version). It was souped up econobox just like the Abarth but made by Honda. Totally impractical (it only had 2 seats) but fun as hell! It felt like driving a go cart.

    I was driving the Abarth around the Blue Ridge mountains on new years weekend. Enjoying the twisting, winding roads- I felt 18 again! Except for the part about having my 40 something wife in the car instead of my hot 18 yo girlfriend I had back then.


    1986 CRX Si
    Width‎: ‎63.9 in
    Wheelbase‎: ‎86.6 in
    Length‎: ‎144.6 in

    Abarth
    Width‎: ‎64.1 in
    Wheelbase‎: ‎90.6 in
    Length‎: ‎144.4 in


    Of course the weight difference is huge. 1978 lbs vs 2512 lbs but with all the safety regulations since 1986 that can not be avoided. Plus, the Abarth's 160 horsepower vs the CRX's 91 hp (Japan and Europe got 135 hp) helps compensate.

    My other car I own now is a 2010 BMW 135i convertible. Rear wheel drive, Twin-turbo 300 hp (
    ∼370 with tune). I bought the Abarth to put less miles on it since it is out of warranty. It is funny, now I find myself questioning as to whether I should even keep the BMW. The Abarth is much more fun to drive! I just need to adjust to the height of the seating position!

    Stock Photo of my previous favorite car.
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    I'm 49 now (day after Xmas)... had an 88 CRX Si... and couldn't agree more!
    The Abarth is fun on a CRX level!
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    Thanks for sharing your story. This car can definitely take a few decades off you!

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    Im 25 with a 135i as my daily we got the gf a 15 Abarth for her daily (my weekend car).. My 135 made about 407 hp to the rear wheel and 470 lb ft tq.. Yet every time i get in the Abarth i seem to have a blast every single time i drive it.. She said on the test drive she would never use sport mode.. Now she only drives in sport mode.. Most have no clue of the potential and how much fun it is to drive one of these

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    I'm with you. I'm 52 and love this thing. Unlike my previous vette I can get in and out of this thing all day long. Lol. And it's the most fun vehicle I've had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastdrivingjr View Post
    My 135 made about 407 hp to the rear wheel and 470 lb ft tq..
    I'm a youngin like you. I was actually cross shopping my Abarth with a 135i M-Sport convertible. I had it out for a solid 10 mi test drive and on the way back to the lot everything was warmed up and I was nice and comfy with the car, so I pushed hard it down a lengthy on-ramp. Halfway through 3rd I looked down and had the revelation that "if I buy this car I will lose my license before the end of the week."

    Power is fun for a track weapon. The Abarth's appropriate amount of power makes it a perfect daily driver. You can wring it out, push your passenger back in their seat, tripod around corners, and of course burble/afterfire the exhaust to the envy of everyone near you all without driving recklessly.

    I am a firm believer in "slow car fast", and while the Abarth isn't a slow car, it at least keeps me out of the hospital/jail. Planning my first track day for this spring, we'll see how much I'm craving that 135i after that.

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    Well I turn 47 in less than a month but I've had a couple fun, slow, better than expected cars in the past 10 years and the Abarth has me looking forward to getting into it EVERYDAY, even today where the winds are hitting 50 mph, LOL! The only other car that had me doing this, as far as a DD, was my then new 2007 MINI Cooper S but that car was the biggest POS I've ever owned, should've lemon lawed it as the aux fuel pump went out 3 times in less than 3 years, oh well.

    The OP mentioned driving it on the BRP and its funny that I've been going down to the Dragon every year since 2003 and haven't been on that road yet, maybe some year coming up.
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    I supposed that I can consider my 500T as my mid-life crisis car since I turn 40 this year though you would never guess that if you saw me. I've owned a few cars that could be considered different, including some boring sensible cars. I owned a late 70s Subaru Brat ith the kick seats in the back and a roll bar. My favorite was a 2004 Ford Focus ZX3 with the 2.3 Duratec and a stage 1 Cosworth upgrade. I did a full Magnaflow exhaust set up and for whatever reason, the thing was whisper quite. It made about 227hp at the wheels; it was quite the sleeper. The feeling I get when driving my 500T reminds me of 20 year old me carving the California mountain roads in my Focus. Unfortunately, I lost most of my pictures in a messy divorce so I don't have a photo of it in all its glory. Just a couple of it before all the major upgrades.

    This was a light install I did with my brother. You can see the Cosworth CAI. A few months later, we put in the cosworth intake manifold and throttle body.

    This is me and my 5yro son and our 500T.
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    Whoa, love that red rear diffuser, matches the Fiat badge AND Arkansas lettering. =]

    @KlasseAct - We love my wife's 07 Cooper S but she says she wants to keep it until it dies but I'm not sure if I'm willing to install a 4th water pump. >.<

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ando View Post
    Whoa, love that red rear diffuser, matches the Fiat badge AND Arkansas lettering. =]
    Thank you. I'm a big fan of plasti-dip.
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