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Abarth fans visiting the 2017 Geneva Motor Show were treated to several new editions to the Abarth model lineup. The new Abarth 595 Pista, Abarth 695 Yamaha XSR special and the Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione.Abarth 595 PistaThe new Abarth 595 Pista is the latest special edition of the 595 series. For those who don't remember, the Abarth 595 replaced the 500 series last year and pay homage to
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That 656c was sure handsome.
WOW...actual Abarth people at an autoshow, what a concept
2013 500 Abarth/Nero/Mich AS3's on O.Z. 45th anniversary whls
Italian flag colored body & custom rocker panel stripes/35% SunTek tint
500Madness MaxPower 93 oct tune/GoPedal/lightened crank pulley/Euro Compulsion R3T V2 SRI
MPx axle-back/ported TB/NUE-F torque mount/28mm rear sway bar
ATM FMIC/GFB DV/NGEN cue ball shiftknob and BLACK shiftboot w/red stitching
Nokya yellow fog bulbs/ESSEESSE boot and engine badge
Some say..."He likes Swedish Fish because they're made with caranuba wax"
Any chance that Monza exhaust will come to US?? I really want a quad tip!
2012 Fiat Abarth | 2004 H-D Sportster 883C | 2004 Scion xB Release Series 1 #1 (RIP)
Unfortunately, they couldn't make the business case here in this country for Abarth to be a separate brand and the Abarth 500 is part of the Fiat USA. It makes some sense as the Abarth name is known and revered in Europe for the past 68 years while the name is barely known and on this side of the Atlantic. Wish it was different, that's for sure.
I do understand why FIAT S.p.A. didn't reintroduce ABARTH as a brand on our shores, but I completely disagree with the automaker not promoting the heritage and legacy. Ford did it enough with Shelby to the point they no longer need to harp on it.
The A500 (more so than the NA A124) it a true example of what ABARTH has done historically... take an established donor car and blow it up. The A500 isn't simply a slight tune difference and fanciful dressed up version of the 500 Pop. The engine, transmission, exhaust and suspension are different. Then, add in the slighter "aesthetic" differences. I think FIAT USA avoids their heritage to dodge the F.I.A.T. era jokes. That's a shame... the 500X spot was hilarious and on point.
I agree, I think the Abarth heritage is an ace they really should be playing. In fact, all the heritage should be trumpeted. Too many people have no idea of what Fiat and the other cars under their umbrella have contributed to the automotive world and affordable cars. Twin Cam engines, 5-speed gearboxes, four wheel disc brakes, transverse engine front wheel drive, robotics, engine castings, etc. etc. Many of the features we take for granted on our everyday cars were pioneered by Fiat, but nobody knows. That's why they were the third and fourth largest carmaker in the world way back when. There is so much that can be talked about and promoted. Lots of missed opportunities in my book. That's where guys like you and I and the others who know about the cars come in. We could use some help.
Who or what company wouldn't want to be connected to cars like the three time world rally champion Fiat Abarth 131 Rally?
They should have videos like this playing 24/7 in every Fiat dealership in the country including the HQ in Auburn Hills.
Connected is fine... but I want a 131 tribute vehicle lol. Would love to see a small RWD Abarth hardtop on the market. I miss the glory days of WRC