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Hi all...new here, but have been following info about the Spider Abarth since it was announced. I have one on order, deposit down, just waiting for it to show up at the dealer. All I have ATM is the .PDF of the window sticker. Bit of a story...the car is for my wife. As a high-schooler in Panama, where her dad was stationed back in the 1980s, he had a white 124 Spider with a red interior that my wife got to drive a lot. She loved it, so when we heard that Fiat was reviving the car, she immediately wanted one. So compromise began :) ...she wanted a lusso, I wanted the Abarth. We got the Abarth. I wanted a manual, she wanted an automatic. We got the automatic. (I can live with the paddle shifters.) All the rest was mutually agreed. So what we tried to get was: Abarth Bianco Perla automatic with Red/Black sport leather seats, no heritage band, Luxury package, and Brembos. What we wound up with was close, and livable for us: Abarth Bianco Perla automatic, black sport leather seats, no heritage band, Luxury package, and no Brembos. Our dealer had to get that one reallocated and it is supposedly on the transporter and only days away.

We're excited but I'm still not sure how I feel about the differences in the American Abarth vs. the Euro spec. I kinda liked the Euro cosmetics, with the side scorpions, interior Abarth plaque and the steering wheel Abarth logo. Don't really mind the lack of Brembos...we're not going to track the car. And I think the slightly less rowdy exhaust than the Record Monza should be OK since the car will be her daily driver. The 6 hp difference between the U.S. and the Euro spec is irrelevant as far as we're concerned. So I'll update after we pick the car up w/ pix and vids. The other roadster we've owned was my 2004 Porsche Boxster manual trans...that one was a blast for me...not so much for her because of the relatively stiff clutch. I did track that one a few times and really liked it. I'd be interested to hear what the veterans here think about our Abarth. Cheers!
 

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Welcome from that portion of the former Republic of Texas known as Albuquerque.
 

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Thanks!

Just heard from the dealer. Our car has arrived at the other dealership in Texas. Our dealership is swapping them for it and it should be here early next week!
 

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Car is in! At the detail shop...going to pick it up tomorrow afternoon...wife is doing the happy dance! :) Still has the transport wrap on it so won't blemish the Bianco Perla gallery with this picture but...here is the first look.
 

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Yep...soon as I can pry the keys out of my wife's hands long enough to get some good shots. :D
 

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Just got home...neither of us can wipe the grins off our faces. We turned a 50-mile drive home into a 100-mile drive just because. What an amazing car...wow, just wow!! (Reasoned considered evaluation later, after we come down a bit.) :D This car is easily as much fun to drive as my old Boxster...maybe more so!!
 

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Hi all...new here, but have been following info about the Spider Abarth since it was announced. I have one on order, deposit down, just waiting for it to show up at the dealer. All I have ATM is the .PDF of the window sticker. Bit of a story...the car is for my wife. As a high-schooler in Panama, where her dad was stationed back in the 1980s, he had a white 124 Spider with a red interior that my wife got to drive a lot. She loved it, so when we heard that Fiat was reviving the car, she immediately wanted one. So compromise began :) ...she wanted a lusso, I wanted the Abarth. We got the Abarth. I wanted a manual, she wanted an automatic. We got the automatic. (I can live with the paddle shifters.) All the rest was mutually agreed. So what we tried to get was: Abarth Bianco Perla automatic with Red/Black sport leather seats, no heritage band, Luxury package, and Brembos. What we wound up with was close, and livable for us: Abarth Bianco Perla automatic, black sport leather seats, no heritage band, Luxury package, and no Brembos. Our dealer had to get that one reallocated and it is supposedly on the transporter and only days away.

We're excited but I'm still not sure how I feel about the differences in the American Abarth vs. the Euro spec. I kinda liked the Euro cosmetics, with the side scorpions, interior Abarth plaque and the steering wheel Abarth logo. Don't really mind the lack of Brembos...we're not going to track the car. And I think the slightly less rowdy exhaust than the Record Monza should be OK since the car will be her daily driver. The 6 hp difference between the U.S. and the Euro spec is irrelevant as far as we're concerned. So I'll update after we pick the car up w/ pix and vids. The other roadster we've owned was my 2004 Porsche Boxster manual trans...that one was a blast for me...not so much for her because of the relatively stiff clutch. I did track that one a few times and really liked it. I'd be interested to hear what the veterans here think about our Abarth. Cheers!
 

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Welcome from San Antonio. I've driven Boxsters in the past, nice fun cars. I considered getting an older "more affordable" one this year before I decided to get my newer Abarth instead. I'm really happy with my Abarth and I'm sure you and your wife will be also.
 

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Welcome from San Antonio. I've driven Boxsters in the past, nice fun cars. I considered getting an older "more affordable" one this year before I decided to get my newer Abarth instead. I'm really happy with my Abarth and I'm sure you and your wife will be also.
Thanks...we've had our Abarth for four years now, and absolutely love it...spent a lot of time and $$$ modding, but it's a labor of love.
 
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Welcome and plan on smiling every time you drive. As far as the euro Abarth fender badges they can be had on the internet but be certain that they are OEM as the Chinese badges don't have the slightly rounded back to match the shape of the fender.
 
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