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Fake. I think the car would look better without them. Of course it may just be me; I also didn't like the vents on the Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition.

 

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Agree. Several comments on various threads expressing disappointment with the lower front fascia styling as well. Almost as bad as all of the fake plastic rear diffusers that popped up on every poser sporty car last decade.
 

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I didn't know that black piece is supposed to be brake vents. I thought that replace reflective markers required in some markets.
 

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Not the brake vents I know, but my one reservation concerning the appearance of the 124 is the presence of the vertical seams on the front wings where the nose is joined to the wings. I haven't seen any comment about these anywhere else, but I think that they are an unfortunate blemish on the otherwise beautiful lines of the car. But I'm sure I could get over it!
 

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Not the brake vents I know, but my one reservation concerning the appearance of the 124 is the presence of the vertical seams on the front wings where the nose is joined to the wings. I haven't seen any comment about these anywhere else, but I think that they are an unfortunate blemish on the otherwise beautiful lines of the car. But I'm sure I could get over it!
It would be really cool if cars could be molded out of one piece of seamless metal, but alas, that is not the case. U.S. bumper laws, ended that idea forever. You can't remove the seam between a plastic front end and a steel fender.
 

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Most new cars have that seam, I think all the new Fiats have it. I promise you will appreciate it if you ever have to do some serious work on the car. That whole front piece comes off without a great deal of difficulty and provides easy access to stuff that would otherwise be a pain.

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Thanks very much all for your comments . I understand your points about the requirements of modern car design (and convenience), and the fact that the feature is shared with many other cars, some of them super, but I just think it's a bit of a shame , particularly with the seam being bang in the centre of the wheel arches. But I acknowledge I'm being too picky, and certainly wouldn't reject the car just because of this 'feature'.
 

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I didn't know that black piece is supposed to be brake vents. I thought that replace reflective markers required in some markets.
I thought they were for fog lamps available on the Abarth model.
 

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The two red lenses on either side of the back up light are European fog lights. They are not hooked up on US models. Fog is not a problem here in the Sonoran Desert but it would be neat to make them functional. Any Ideas?
 

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Thanks very much all for your comments . I understand your points about the requirements of modern car design (and convenience), and the fact that the feature is shared with many other cars, some of them super, but I just think it's a bit of a shame , particularly with the seam being bang in the centre of the wheel arches. But I acknowledge I'm being too picky, and certainly wouldn't reject the car just because of this 'feature'.
Have a look at the Jag F-Type. Same deal. Seems it's not uncommon. Squint and pretend it's not there.
 
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Have a look at the Jag F-Type. Same deal. Seems it's not uncommon. Squint and pretend it's not there.
Or just enjoy the view from the driver's seat.
 
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The two red lenses on either side of the back up light are European fog lights. They are not hooked up on US models. Fog is not a problem here in the Sonoran Desert but it would be neat to make them functional. Any Ideas?
Do they have bulbs and connectors, or are they just reflectors?
 

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Thanks very much all for your comments . I understand your points about the requirements of modern car design (and convenience), and the fact that the feature is shared with many other cars, some of them super, but I just think it's a bit of a shame , particularly with the seam being bang in the centre of the wheel arches. But I acknowledge I'm being too picky, and certainly wouldn't reject the car just because of this 'feature'.
One thing I always loved about the Karmann Ghia was the lovely coachwork. No seams on that baby - they were all filled with lead!
But compromises are inevitable on production cars.

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One thing I always loved about the Karmann Ghia was the lovely coachwork. No seams on that baby...
Ditto my.wholehearted agreement.

The KG will always be near the top of cars that I most admire and covet. It is perfection, especially in coupe form from the early years. Absolutely exquisite.
 
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