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Clarkson wasn't a fan of the Fiat version in a recent review :(
 

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He still has influence. I don't always agree with him.
 

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He's a funny guy, a blowhard, I don't take him too seriously. Can't wait for his cohorts to knock his house down! You know that's a coming attraction, based on the first episode. That short clip in the intro showed (I think) an Abarth. I'll enjoy watching them sliding it around, drifting corners, etc. while they bad-mouth it. Those guys can diss a McLaren, they can diss anything, I don't care. The production values of this Amazon series are great, and I'm there for the cars anyway, the humans are just window dressing.

Loved the beginning of the intro, with the three guys in the hotrod Mustangs moving up through the phalanx of Road Warrior machinery in the clouds of dust! "Burning Van" indeed! Looking forward to the rest of the season...
 

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Saw that as well. IIRC Richard Hammond was driving it, which is a good sign. Hamster has more of an appreciation for cars that more closely resemble wasabi than barbecue sauce.

And by wasabi, I mean something small but massively potent. It's what makes the Caterham fantastic. Or the KTM X-Bow. Or the Elise.

Jeremy tested the Lusso, and the euro-spec Lusso is definitely a bit... soft. Jeremy doesn't like slow cars which must be driven smartly to extract speed; he likes his cars like Tobias Moers from Mercedes AMG -- loud, and sideways.

I would hazard a guess that Hamster will speak favorably about the car. His only gripe will likely be the price.

I'm looking forward to the review.
 

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I still haven't been able to get the time to see the whole first episode but the intro was definitely nice. You can never take what a reviewer says at heart and that's exactly what they are. Reviewers. With huge names in the industry albeit, but nonetheless, same thing in the breakdown. Appreciate him for his character and the entertainment he brings rather than his blunt descriptive commentary towards a vehicle you love dearly as if he was insulting your child lol.
 

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Jeremy tested the Lusso, and the euro-spec Lusso is definitely a bit... soft. Jeremy doesn't like slow cars which must be driven smartly to extract speed; he likes his cars like Tobias Moers from Mercedes AMG -- loud, and sideways.
Actually he normally quite likes small cars. He's always been an MX5 fan and also stuff like the 86/BRZ, Renault Clio, Focus RS and Fiesta ST.
 

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I'd imagine his favorite car is the Reliant Robin. :)
But Clarkson is just one opinion in a sea of reviews, his delivery on TV is just more interesting than most and I can't wait to see the trio take the 124 Spider to places it's not supposed to go.
 

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I've recently taken delivery of the Abarth version (in the same colours as the clip). I read that Ckarkson wasn't taken with the Lusso but he also quoted that Richard Hammond said the Abarth was very different. My early impressions of mine are that it is FAB! Very good handling and love the exhaust sound. It's number 303 (the first 2500 are numbered I think).
 

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I think Hammond may like it...but he's a huge MX5 fan...it'll depend whether he "gets it" or not.

Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio tested by Jeremy on today's episode. Fair to say he was completely smitten. And then he went to an Alfa dealer to buy one and couldn't decide between it and a 4C. Which I found a bit surprising because I don't rate the 4C. I'm sure the Giulia is the better car.
 

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And then he went to an Alfa dealer to buy one and couldn't decide between it and a 4C.
That bit felt a bit forced. The desire to buy one immediately was the kind of hyperbole Clarkson is known for.

Fortunate or not: the opinion of those three or just the reviewer will have some effect on sales. It might be small, but a favorable review will get some non-interested people in the showroom, and an unfavorable review will scare away some buyers that are on the fence.
 

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The thing with these TG/GT "reviews" is that they are to be taken in general arcs.

You can figure out whether they like a car quickly enough, but the detail stuff and acting for TV, don't put too much into that. I will pay attention to what they say about transient handling characteristics and power delivery - in broad strokes. But beyond that - just point and laugh at them being knobs. :)

I like the Alfa. I haven't watched GT yet - queued up for this evening.

I may consider the Alfa when I decide to part ways with my A4. I'd like to cross shop it to the 3 series. I've taken apart enough BMWs and welded up enough failed subframes for friends that campaign them to not be generally overly impressed with how BMWs go together but they are competent and worth a look. In this market there is also Cadillac but not a fan.

I'm looking forward to next week's episode to see what they say about the 124. I'll be paying specific attention to what they say in direct comparison to the MX-5. With respect to "every day" stuff that won't matter as my car will be mod'ed and won't behave like a "normal" 124 anyway.

Now if FIAT would hurry up and make delivery estimates for when the fixed head coupé is coming... I could plan accordingly.
 

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Numbered?

I've recently taken delivery of the Abarth version (in the same colours as the clip). I read that Ckarkson wasn't taken with the Lusso but he also quoted that Richard Hammond said the Abarth was very different. My early impressions of mine are that it is FAB! Very good handling and love the exhaust sound. It's number 303 (the first 2500 are numbered I think).
Where is it numbered? I'm eager to check my Abarth!
 

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Well, Hammond loved it.

But not a lot of love from him or Jeremy for the non-Abarth version.
 
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