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    Angry Special Edition Abarths in USA

    Does anyone know why there are no 2018 Special Edition Abarths in the USA?

    595 Competizione?

    Arbarth embroidered Racing Seats w/carbon fiber backs?
    Alcantara leather interior?
    180hp engine and Record Monza exhaust?

    Order what you want in Europe and take what you can get in the USA.

    The End is Near...

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    Probably the same reason there were no 2013-2017 special editions...unless the GQ counts.
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    Welcome to the forums Arkansas_Abarth. I live in Benton, AR so it's nice to have another forum member in the state.

    As to the special editions, I do feel that Fiat has dropped the ball on offering special trim levels. As for models like the 595, Tributo Ferrari, and 695, Abarths in Europe are they're own brand, much like Shelby is it's own brand, but they're built off of Ford platforms. Here in the states, the Abarth is a trim level package. I do feel that Fiat can and should offer Abarth variants of the other model line-up. I think a 500X Abarth would be pretty bad ass. The sad thing, FCA will most likely phase out Fiat in the states, and focus solely on slinging Jeeps, Ram trucks, and the rest of the Dodge lineup.
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    Welcome to the forum! Agree with the statement above. The US market is not like Europe, Asia, etc.
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    Thanks for the welcome. I live in Cabot, AR. It's disappointing to see the Abarth models in Europe, knowing we can't buy one in the US. Fiat could at least throw the USA a bone with one performance Arbarth version. I saw a 2014 Abarth 595 Competizione for sale in SC. I wonder why Fiat didn't continue offering the 595 in the USA?

    I appreciate everyone's feedback.

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    The Fiat 500 Abarth costs twice as much as the regular Fiat 500 in Europe.
    The American Abarth is very affordable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkansas_Abarth View Post
    Thanks for the welcome. I live in Cabot, AR. It's disappointing to see the Abarth models in Europe, knowing we can't buy one in the US. Fiat could at least throw the USA a bone with one performance Arbarth version. I saw a 2014 Abarth 595 Competizione for sale in SC. I wonder why Fiat didn't continue offering the 595 in the USA?

    I appreciate everyone's feedback.
    Was it imported? There's never been any version other than the US Abarth sold here. Keep in mind that our Abarth is already a higher performance version of the European Abarth. Their base Abarth makes 133hp, and the 595 makes 145.

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    The 595 Competizione was never offered for sale in the US. That was guaranteed a badge job as the NAFTA Abarth and Euro Abarth are two very different cars. The Euro car doesn't meet crash standards and the engine is a TJet engine and doesn't meet emission regulations. Importing a car would be ridiculously expensive as the two cars don't share the same structure.

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    The Fiat 500 Abarth costs twice as much as the regular Fiat 500 in Europe.
    The American Abarth is very affordable.

    This is it in a nutshell. Europe is a totally different market, where people are appreciate and are happy to spend big money on small hot hatches without blinking an eye. The special Abarth 695 series cars are into the 30K + Euros.

    Here, in the land of bigger is better, people cry about the price of an Abarth even after they took $5k or more off the price. Do you want to know why they didn't come out with all the Venom goodies? Magneti Marelli took a look at our limited market and there wasn't a business case for them to bring all the OEM Carbon Fiber goodies they have. How many Abarth owners would spend $1k+ on a carbon fiber dash? The Sabelt seats are big bucks and few people would spend the money on them. In the rest of the world, Abarth is a well respected marque and people see the value in the name. Here, the uneducated masses just think it is a cool badge on a Fiat. Even a lot of owners just don't get it. We're lucky we even get an Abarth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiat500USA View Post

    This is it in a nutshell. Europe is a totally different market, where people are appreciate and are happy to spend big money on small hot hatches without blinking an eye. The special Abarth 695 series cars are into the 30K + Euros.

    Here, in the land of bigger is better, people cry about the price of an Abarth even after they took $5k or more off the price. Abarth is a well respected marque and people see the value in the name. Here, the uneducated masses just think it is a cool badge on a Fiat. Even a lot of owners just don't get it. We're lucky we even get an Abarth.
    <heck>...I really didn't know what it was until we got ours, but thanks to here, and a little research/reading...I educated myself a bit so I could explain what an Abarth was when I started taking her to cars and coffee and such. Some of the comments from people who don't know..like the little old lady at the grocery store who said it looked like a death trap and wouldn't feel safe...and would stick with her big ole suv/truck. My reply was basically if you weren't such a <crappy> driver you wouldn't need something so big. Others are hung up on more HP means better performance...etc. And the owners that you can tell they don't get it/bought the wrong car for them when they compare it to....oh say Honda (or even worse...the <ugh> smart car) all the time and how far superior it is compared to the Fiat brand. Gets old after a while. Drove ours from Kansas City to upstate NY with one overnight before reaching my home town..through unexpected white out conditions along the thruway...and then onto Troy along route 20...with no issues...and very comfortable. And though we had to get a bit creative with our luggage...we still had room for stuff on the way back...and did a little antiquing along the way.


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