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Not trying to start an argument here, but the added value of the Abarth vs the Lusso seems well worth it. The difference in the base price of the two models in the U.S. is $700. Every feature of the Lusso, is included in the Abarth.
And what do you get in addition? Bilstein Shocks, a throatier less restrictive and prettier exhaust that yields four more horsepower, limited slip differential (positraction), sport mode selector (effects turboboost, steering and suspension), front strut tower brace - all performance upgrades that would cost a ton even if you could retrofit them in the aftermarket.
In addition, a couple of appearance and comfort upgrades in the Abarth badges, sport engine cover, red badge tach, leather trimmed microfiber insert seats, and painted wheels.
Putting aside the argument that the Abarth is closer to the mission of the car being a sporty, two seater roadster versus the "gentlemen's sporting vehicle" approach of the Lusso, I think in total the Abarth upgrades are one **** of a deal for $700 bucks.
 

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In the UK the difference is more like £7,000. For that you get a bigger power difference (170 bhp vs 140 bhp), stiffer suspension, Record Monza exhaust (if you like it, I don't really), optional (free) heritage black bonnet/boot (hood/trunk), plus Abarth badges, seats, red bits if you want, etc.

Much more difficult to justify IMHO...but a silver/grey one MT with all red bits is growing on me...
 

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Very odd way of "not trying to start an argument." ;)

The Abarth was too much boy-racer stuff that didn't interest me. I have no plans of ever taking my car on a track or doing any significant mods to it. I don't want a louder exhaust. I don't want an obnoxious red tachometer. I don't want the harsher ride for no significant benefit.

The Lusso fits what I wanted in the car. I'm very happy with it. Enjoy your Abarth.
 

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If the different features/components of the Abarth are what you want, then yes, it's a great value over the Lusso. On the other hand, if you don't particularly care for or don't have any use for the features that come with the Abarth version, then, as my Daddy always told me, "It doesn't matter how great a bargain it is, if you don't need it, it's no bargain."
 

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Like I said, the Lusso is clearly the more "gentlemanly sporting vehicle" and had that been my preference, I too would be perfectly happy with that choice. My point was that from a performance upgrade perspective, the $700 bucks is cheap for what you get. Meanwhile, enjoy the 124 sport, in either package, it is a great car.
 

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Not trying to start an argument here, but the added value of the Abarth vs the Lusso seems well worth it. The difference in the base price of the two models in the U.S. is $700. Every feature of the Lusso, is included in the Abarth.
And what do you get in addition? Bilstein Shocks, a throatier less restrictive and prettier exhaust that yields four more horsepower, limited slip differential (positraction), sport mode selector (effects turboboost, steering and suspension), front strut tower brace - all performance upgrades that would cost a ton even if you could retrofit them in the aftermarket.
In addition, a couple of appearance and comfort upgrades in the Abarth badges, sport engine cover, red badge tach, leather trimmed microfiber insert seats, and painted wheels.
Putting aside the argument that the Abarth is closer to the mission of the car being a sporty, two seater roadster versus the "gentlemen's sporting vehicle" approach of the Lusso, I think in total the Abarth upgrades are one **** of a deal for $700 bucks.
If you prefer microfiber inserts, rather than leather, you are correct that the difference is only $700. If you want leather, you have to add the Luxury package to the Abarth, which is $200 more than the Premium package in the Lusso. So, if you want it loaded, the Abarth will be $900 more. Although you get a lot for that $900, you also get a different looking car. I prefer the looks of the Lusso over the Abarth.
 

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I have seen a couple dealers and I could not find a Classica, personally they should discontinue the Classica, The lusso should be the basic and add the packages. But with an extra $$ majority will take the Abarth(no contest) For the extra you pay it's all worth.
 
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I have seen a couple dealers and I could not find a Classica, personally they should discontinue the Classica, The lusso should be the basic and add the packages. But with an extra $$ majority will take the Abarth(no contest) For the extra you pay it's all worth.
Personally, I preferred and bought the Classica over the Lusso, but I get your point - the Lusso and Abarth will be the bulk of sales.
 

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The price difference in the U.K. is massive. So I understand the appeal of the Fiat over the Abarth. $700 difference though? It's probably worth it for the LSD alone.
 
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I have seen a couple dealers and I could not find a Classica, personally they should discontinue the Classica, The lusso should be the basic and add the packages. But with an extra $$ majority will take the Abarth(no contest) For the extra you pay it's all worth.
But the difference between the Classico and Lusso in the U.S. is $2,500! What you get is Chrome exhaust tips, climate control, push button start and proximity entry, auto headlights, fog lamps, bigger wheels and tires, rain sensitive wipers, leather trimmed cloth heated seats,rear camera, 7" infotainment system vs 3" display with am/FM radio.

Again, from a sporting perspective, other than wheels and tires, nothing I couldn't easily live without as compared to an extra $2500! If I was choosing between these two, I would buy the Clasico. The added components to get the rest of the upgrades are a couple of switches and some inexpensive electronics. Personally, I don't see it especially compared to the actual hardware you get for the $700 Abarth upgrade. Of course it is all about what you want and your purpose in having the car.
P.S. In my Abarth vs Lusso comparison I forgot to include the aluminum covered operator pedals.
 

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But the difference between the Classico and Lusso in the U.S. is $2,500! What you get is Chrome exhaust tips, climate control, push button start and proximity entry, auto headlights, fog lamps, bigger wheels and tires, rain sensitive wipers, leather trimmed cloth heated seats,rear camera, 7" infotainment system vs 3" display with am/FM radio.

Again, from a sporting perspective, other than wheels and tires, nothing I couldn't easily live without as compared to an extra $2500! If I was choosing between these two, I would buy the Clasico. The added components to get the rest of the upgrades are a couple of switches and some inexpensive electronics. Personally, I don't see it especially compared to the actual hardware you get for the $700 Abarth upgrade. Of course it is all about what you want and your purpose in having the car.
Forgot that there was a $3000can diff classica vs Lusso and $1500can vs Abarth. Initially I was going for the Classica, but when I wanted certain features such as rear camera and leather The lusso was more appropriate, Then for 1500 I went for the Abarth, then came the Top brass sales manager and ended up with the Abarth Luxury package. If it weren't for the 7 yrs 0%, The choice would have been the Lusso or maybe the Abarth base. I had a budget to respect.
 

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If the different features/components of the Abarth are what you want, then yes, it's a great value over the Lusso. On the other hand, if you don't particularly care for or don't have any use for the features that come with the Abarth version, then, as my Daddy always told me, "It doesn't matter how great a bargain it is, if you don't need it, it's no bargain."
I wanted all the available options that the Lusso offers - the Nav, Leather, dimming mirrors - because I didn't want to give up any of the luxury my BMW had while at the same time getting a car that drives much better - far more exciting than my 1 series. It was already a superior vehicle without the Abarth differences - I've already equaled the horsepower with an improved intake, and I like the smoother ride. I figure I can get better performance then either version by gradually choosing what changes I want to make. Both great cars, though.
 
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I had my heart set on the blue 'Special Edition' Lusso until I saw a photo of the Gelato White Abarth with red accents. They are both such beautiful cars. If I were younger (and relatively poor back then), I'd go with a stripped down Classica and still be happy.
 
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Again, from a sporting perspective, other than wheels and tires, nothing I couldn't easily live without as compared to an extra $2500!
From a "sporting perspective" and you don't include LSD?
 
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The price difference in the U.K. is massive. So I understand the appeal of the Fiat over the Abarth. $700 difference though? It's probably worth it for the LSD alone.
I have the Lusso and love it...but I do wish they would have put the LSD in it. It is the only thing I would love to have. I would have paid $700 for it alone...:|
 

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I agree with that - even my Solstice had one. But everything else is great - and I get a ton of compliments on the car.
 
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