Don't know about the US, but we were told that the Record Monza exhaust was an option snd would not be available until March. Australia, like the US, gets its cars direct from Japan and (I think) that initially the exhaust in only fitted when the car goes via Italy.My Abarth just came in but the exhaust note is totally subdued compared to the online sound bites. I assumed Abarths came with the Record Monza exhaust. Anyone know if that is supposed to be the case or if it's after market?
Except for the $2K, I think it's the opposite in the U.S. The optional system (not sure whether it's bimodal) might be too loud to be factory-fitted but legally acceptable as an aftermarket installation (even if done at a dealer).There could be legality issues with it in Australia. Bimodal systems are only legal when factory fitted...but may not be legal as a "dealer fit" which is considered "aftermarket". And I'm expecting it to cost at least $2k here.
If you compare the US versus UK configurator by checking all of the boxes to get a "fully loaded" car (and factor in exchange rates), they price out about the same. Very odd that the US version is so diluted, and comes straight from Japan without getting to go to Italian Abarth finishing school. Edited from Hemmings... "For 18 years 120,000 124 Spiders were sold in the United States, the lion's share of the the cars the manufacturer ever built."Add it to the laundry list of Abarth features we do not get standard in the US. The value proposition is slipping to me.
The US cars have a lot lessAdd it to the laundry list of Abarth features we do not get standard in the US. The value proposition is slipping to me.
And the US lost 8hp somewhere.The US cars have a lot less
No Abarth badge on the steering wheel, in fact the steering wheel is the standard wheel, no red stripe at the top.
The startup screen on the MMI says Fiat instead of Abarth
No alcantera trim unless you get the nice Recaros but then the alcantara is only on the seats
No Abarth badging on the front fenders
no Abarth badging under the hood
The muffler is huge and it doesn't have a good sound. I think muffler delete will be popular.
No abarth plaque on center bulkhead.
Black stripe is $1995 instead of free like EU
No red exterior trim options
No standard Brembos.
Blue is not available as a color
I took my down payment and bought a tuned NA Miata.