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Offline John501

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G.P. ABarth test drive at Ballocco
« on: October 24, 2008, 03:14:53 pm »
If anyone is interested, this is my test drive of the G.P. Abarth 155 Normal Production at the Ballocco test track just outside of Turin.

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When we drove the Esse Esse, they had disabled the ESP. It was quite twitchy with the ESP off, and I was quicker in the NP than the Esse Essse.
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    Re: G.P. ABarth test drive at Ballocco
    « Reply #1 on: October 24, 2008, 05:16:21 pm »
    Clearly running an Abarth dealership is a very tough life...  ;D

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    « Reply #2 on: October 24, 2008, 06:29:03 pm »
     ;D
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    Re: G.P. ABarth test drive at Ballocco
    « Reply #3 on: October 25, 2008, 10:37:34 pm »
    Looks like a smooth track, am curious to know how it deals with our pretty crap roads. Our Panda 100HP gets pretty unsettled at times, as fun as it is.

    Nice little PR jolly, yeah, looks like a hard life. :)

    Hope the Abarth dealership takes off for you John, if you don't mind me asking what kind of volume of interest are you getting and are they selling?

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    Re: G.P. ABarth test drive at Ballocco
    « Reply #4 on: October 26, 2008, 10:49:11 am »
    The NP Abarth handles U.K. roads pretty well, the setup is not as stiff as the Panda 100. The first time I drove an Panda 100 I thought the world was coming to an end when I hit a speed bump  ;D
    I will reserve judgment on the Esse Esse until I get my hands on our first one on Tuesday.
    As far as volume goes, there is a fair amount of interest, a small amount of sales, but that will get better when people actually find out about the car.
    Abarth U.K. have not advertised that the car exsists yet, but will soon be putting some adverts in the national magazines.
    Alot of the people that have driven my Abarth are very impressed, but do not want to commit until they have driven an Esse Esse. (role on Tuesday).
    The major interest is in the 500. We have taken lots of pre-orders for that, and most of the early orderers didn't even know the price when they left their deposit.
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    Re: G.P. ABarth test drive at Ballocco
    « Reply #5 on: October 26, 2008, 10:49:48 pm »
    Ha yeah, if it wasn't such a busy year for me (financially) I'd have stuck down a deposit on the looks alone. Personally I think £13,500 or around that mark is a great price, same goes for the Punto, I think they are priced very well. It is a shame Fiat/Abarth haven't pushed these cars, although I notice that print adverts are running in EVO this last month, so that'll help.

    Good to hear the Punto is composed, the reviews have had some very slight reservations, but I can put that down to the usual reviewer scepticism. Either way, would love to take one out on a lovely Italian track. :)

     

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