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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
The Abarth hardtop (no sunroof) is the one I have. It is brilliant and a fun driver's car with its 5 speed manual and how it sort of teaches you how to drive it better than most other cars do. Most cars ESC (Stability control) is always on, Abarth you can turn it partially off or completely off. Abarth also when equipped with Sirius satellite radio, heated seats, tom-tom navigation system and the 17-inch alloy rims is very nice for a car enthusiast since most features most want like me are taken care of right from the factory. Yes, you could always use more horsepower, but that is easily done by the aftermarket if you really wanted to. The car handles like a dream, in fact its the first car I've learned to double clutch and heel-top downshift on. Its really that easy and that performance driver oriented that the car can give you almost anything you want legally on public roads. You won't ever get some cars to handle as good as this can stock and most cars people you can easily pass even if they try to stop you. The car has secrets too that if it was an automatic wouldn't teach you so well, but as a manual transmission you can learn to shift about 5500 RPMs and stay within the power band, and if you forget to shift, the car reminds you about 6000 RPMs, though from 6000 - 6500 RPMs is mostly a waste of time to rev that high in this car as the cars power band is from 2500 to 5500 RPMs. Anything higher doesn't do anything really, and anything lower seems to bog the engine a bit, but the engine will pull at 30 MPH in 5th gear for normal mode driving. In fact if you set it up for fuel economy, the shift light indicator comes on for 5th gear about then...
The 17 inch rims with Pirelli PZero Nero tires ride hard and almost uncomfortable on really broken pavement like railroad tracks and large pot holes. However, the seats are never uncomfortable for the front seats that is, I haven't tried the back seats yet. The seating position for the driver is hard to find. The gas pedal and brake pedal are too close for some positions, or the clutch (fully depressed) is too far away for other seating positions. So, I've had mine now for almost a month and I'm still finding the location for my seating position to optimize my ability to be comfortable on the accelerator and brake, while being able to use the clutch too.
Overall, the FIAT 500 Abarth is a beautiful car if you like the old beetle and new beetle style of cars, and is a blast to drive on windy roads, around town or on the interstate.
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