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Abarth 1.4L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual - (8 reviews )

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Traded in my SL 500 !
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By Vn
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2015 FIAT 500 Abarth Abarth 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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This is our 3rd fiat 500. One is electric. They have been the most reliable cars I’ve owned - ever. The last time my Mercedes left me stranded I got this as my daily racer. I own a 911, a Macan, and a wrangler. I really enjoy them all but this is in many ways the most fun


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MY LITTLE RED RACY ABARTH
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By Pam
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2015 FIAT 500 Abarth Abarth 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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You ge a lot of bang for the buck with Fiat. We obviously love them since this is our fourth one! We just keep upgrading! with my Abarth, I can smoke a Corvette off the line ~ then I'm toast! But, I'll still have gas when I get there!


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have owned 2 Abarths 2013 5spd and 2015 6spd auto
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By Kevin
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2015 FIAT 500 Abarth Abarth 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I have owned 2 Abarth ( a 2013 white w/ red stripes/mirrors ,5 spd manual- 160hp/170 ft/lbs and current 2015 Red w/black stripes/mirrors,6spd automatic- 157 hp/183 ft/lbs,optional extra cost 16 in. wheels) . Now at 23k miles on red. >>No<< problems. Average around town 28 mpg (premium) but have been as high as 36 mpg on trip ( at about 65 mph). Quick with sport button on as it supposedly adds 20 ft/lbs torque. and you can feel the difference with sport button on . All three dealerships ( Baltimore,MD, Tysons Corner,VA and Melbourne,FL have been very good overall. I came from a 2011 MINI Cooper S 6spd. The MINI was more sophisticated but the ABARTH is a true hoot ,especially hearing the exhaust. FIAT /ABARTH- I suggest direct injection ( not older port injection), suggest IRS (not beam axle rear suspension) , suggest 17in wheels standard (not 16in) , suggest better gauge design . (Although 2015 was improved you are not there yet...needs to be like the 595 and 695 in Europe). Suggest improved exhaust ( a "T intersection" at rear... really?) , Suggest KONI shocks on all four wheels.(not sure if this was addressed on 2016 on) , Suggest bigger brakes front and rear. Suggest standard rear "sway bar" needs to be much stiffer to reduce lean in corners. FIAT has reduced price to now start at 20 k which seems quite fair. If you are seeking a harder core and cheaper alternative to the MINI Cooper S then try this. The ABARTH is priced closer to a MINI Cooper 1.5 134 hp /162 ft/lbs than the Cooper S.


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A Better Way to Start Your Day
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By Daniel Castaneda
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2015 FIAT 500 Abarth Abarth 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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FUN is the best way to describe this car, you will smile and have a good time. Own this car since April 2016 and its brought nothing but joy, it has a great car community, so many mods, the overall experience is pretty special. The Italians know how to strike the right emotions when creating a car. I took out the rear seats(about 50lbs) and added Speedlab Rear Diffuser, also added a Torque Arm Insert which really makes the car feel more premium and stout. Go test drive one and you'll see why its worth talking about.


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Owning two Abarths
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By KJS
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2015 FIAT 500 Abarth Abarth 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I have now owned two ABarths...a 2013 5spd basic car and a 2015 6spd automatic also basic . I have tended to like the automatic better and have just returned from a long trip getting 36.5 mpg at about 75mph average speed. 30mpg around town driving. The auto has 183ft lbs torque ( more than the 5spd cars) as well which adds to the ease in drivability and it is a 6spd auto ( vs the 5spd manual). The car needs an update at this point (IE direct injection, a dual scroll turbo for quicker spool up, an independent rear suspension and it should have had Koni shocks all around ( now since changed for 2016) right from the beginning. The sway bars should have been stiffer as well especially the rear sway bar ( which can be resolved through the aftermarket.- a wise choice which does help minimize understeer) . You will need to keep the tire pressure at 40psi all around to get best performance. Mine had the optional 16 in black wheels ( not the 17inchers ) so the higher pressure was not objectionable. The car is a fun ,raucous ,unique little runabout but is only "fast" when in sport mode ( worth 20ft lbs. more torque when sport button is pushed). After owning two I would not buy another unless there was a total top to bottom update as the original was released around 2008 in Europe. It is now overdue. Not many drive these so you will need to be dedicated.


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