Felt the love right from the test drive - had driven a Classica a couple of weeks ago, with a slushbox, which was fun - but the abarth wasjust... wow. You can feel the tighter suspension right from the outset, and the burble of the exhaust... mmmm
You can hear the change when switching to Sports mode, especially around 2.5k RPM - guess the valves open a bit more at this point? Need to check to make sure the LSDis in place which is what pushed me to the Abarth along with that exhaust note
. The color scheme is definitely more aggressive - loving the gunmetal on the mirrors and the a-pillar (is that even the right term for a convertible? lol). However, I did not get the heritage stripe, but I am thinking of plastidipping it soon. And the contrast stitching makes the black Alcantara seats pop.
It doesn't have the Brembos (I might wait for the goodwin racing updates) or the Sirius/Nav/beepy reverse, but I can live without those. Since there is no Sirius, there is no sharkfin. I actually like the oldschool antenna that sticks out from the back!
However, a few concerns from my side, although it was obviously not a dealbreaker for me to pick it up. The badging is not as extensive as the Euro spec - which was a little confusing at first. The steering wheel says FIAT instead of the Abarth scorpion. The center storage area behind the stick has no Abarth badging, and there is no plaque like some of the videos have shown. Also, the red RPM gauge is not visible at night (no backlighting) - I might get in there soon and put some LEDs in.
Gotta figure out a few things - How to get the RED on the RPM meter to light up at night, and what all weather mats are available for the car. Lastly, I need to figure out how the front number plate mounts work - any tips?