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Monday, March 12, 2012

Fiat 500 Abarth Configurator Online - Get Your Order In Now!

Fiat 500 Abarth configurator

The Fiat 500 Abarth configurator has just been posted on the Fiat USA Website*. Fiat Studios began ordering the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth Thursday, March 7 and business has been brisk! There are Fiat Studios that already have more than 100 deposits taken for the new Fiat 500 Abarth, some of these deposits were taken over a year ago.

The limited production 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth promises to be one of the most sought after performance cars this year. THIS IS IMPORTANT - Make sure you get your order in ASAP! The top Fiat dealers in the country are listed below - give them a call...

Criswell FIAT of Gaithersburg, Maryland - 1-888-878-2488

FIAT of Austin, Texas - 1-877-908-3428

Palmen FIAT of Kenosha, Wisconsin - 1-888-379-0295

Classic FIAT of Mentor, Ohio - 1-888-431-7186

Capitol FIAT of San Jose, California - 1-888-814-0969

FIAT of Larchmont, New York - 1-888-405-2249

or go to the Fiat USA website here to find your nearest dealer.

*The configurator is not 100% live, and there are some functions that still need to be added.   It is probably why you are only able to access it through this link at this moment.   However, it is still fun to use.  Consider it a sneak peak!

UPDATE: The configurator is now LIVE, so go to it!!


Anonymous said...

No heated seats is a real bummer..I'm in no way a tech/ luxury car person but the heated seats r something my wife & I both enjoy ...We'll have to wait until until next year ...hopefully Fiat will correct their mistake or theyll be a Mini in the driveway......

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the insights, and helpful updates re the Abarth 500.


Can you provide photos, and quality assessment, of cloth interior? Cloth seats are preferable to leather seats on the track. All the media test drives appear to be cars with leather seats, and info on Abarth cloth seats seems to be non-existent. Are the Abarth cloth seats the same quality as the 500 seats?

Abarth specs list curb weight at 2533 lbs. Most media reviews list 2512 lbs curb weight. Can you provide additional detail/reconciliation?

Your review says 17-inch wheels are lighter than 16-inch wheels, but weigh in at 18.9 vs. 18.3 lbs. Can you explain?

Many media test drive reviews (almost every one) harshly criticize the Abarth gearbox as “imprecise, vague, rubbery, slushy etc etc”.

That is a deal breaker for a track/enthusiast car---is there a convincing explanation, and resolution, supported by technical/engineering info?

To simply say that the cars were preproduction models, and nothing more, is neither convincing, nor reassuring.

The European Abarth EsseEsse gearbox is supposed to be identical to the North American Abarth gearbox. Yet, the Abarth Italy gearbox is excellent in every respect from my experience driving the EsseEsse in Italy. Even the long throws of the gearbox are satisfactory/fun/precise.

What are the differences between the gearbox, clutch, and shifter package of the North American Abarth when compared to its European EsseEsse counterpart?

What does “limited production” really mean?

As a potential buyer of the Abarth 500, and Customer/buyer of many Fiat cars for more than 28 years, your kind reply to all my questions would be very much appreciated. Mille grazie!

Anonymous said...

Heated seats your deal breaker? Really?

Chris said...

Thanks for checking out the site.

Here are some answers, but I recommend you go to the forum to discuss these interesting questions.

I like the cloth seats. Probably will get them. The upholstery feels sturdy.

Weight comes from Fiat - check the spec sheet link at the end of the story.

I don't say the wheels are lighter than the 16 inchers: "These 17 inch wheels are forged aluminum alloy for lightness and track strength and weigh in at 18.9 lbs compared to 18.3 lbs for the standard 16 inch wheels."

I asked and they confirmed the shifter is the SAME as in Europe; and nobody complains about it there. You have to draw your own conclusions after you drive it.

Preliminary plans don't call for a large production run.

Don't forget to check out the Fiat 500 USA Forum

Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Yep love my heated seats if I'm buying a new car...don't care 1 damm for any computer related electronics but give me my heated seats ie if it's a new car because it's the one luxury I'll spring umm & use umm 6 months out 12 where I live...they're in my X3 MT6 but not in my NA Miata ..