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WyleECoyote 03-15-2011 04:31 PM

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Now, before I rant, I am a huge Ferrari fan and would defend till death, but this is just BS.


Basically, the guts of the story is that the Australia\NZ imports of Fiats are going to be selling the Fiat Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari thru the Ferrari Dealers, so CCS in Auckland here in NZ, and I suppose the Ferrari dealers in Australia too.

It will be to order only

The Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse has just gone on sale here, and I saw one the other day for sale at around NZD 48-50K in Wellington.

So, if the Tributo makes it too NZ, current exchange rates have it at NZD $108,000.00. Seems a bit steep for a 500.

Now, having a look through my archives, I got some pics of this thing, and on the outside I count 3 Ferrari logos and 1 inside.

So a rough $15000 per Ferrari logo.

Who in there right mind would pay that for a Fiat?

Just because a small Fiat has 4 badges with the Ferrari name on them, not the badge, that commands a 50K price hike over the standard 500 Abarth Esseesse

Niko_Fx 03-15-2011 04:36 PM

Well, maybe it's super duper fast or something!! :D

[quote]The hot-hatch, which is available in the Ferrari colours of Scuderia Red or Modena Yellow, can accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in seven seconds and reach a top speed of 225km/h. [/quote]

Sorry, no.

Ferrer 03-15-2011 04:38 PM

Yes the 695SS thingy is silly. No matter the country you are in.

A standard 500ASS will do, and you avoid the preposterous flappy paddle gearbox.

LeonOfTheDead 03-15-2011 04:40 PM

At first it wasn't supposed to be available for sale, just a courtesy car for Ferrari owners while their cars were serviced.
Then demand was quite high, and they decided to offer it through some selected dealers. I'm not sure on this, but possibly it's available only to Ferrari owners, just like the AM Cygnet.

No reason to be worried about the price then, we just can't have it. :)

EDIT: it's also available in Blue TDF and possibly some sort of gray or something.

Ferrer 03-15-2011 04:42 PM

I know someone who has (or maybe had) a Ferrari which was offered one through their Ferrari dealer and bought it.

I thought the Ferrari courtesy cars were standard 1.4 16v 500s with Ferrari red paint.

LeonOfTheDead 03-15-2011 05:09 PM

[quote=Ferrer;962148]I know someone who has (or maybe had) a Ferrari which was offered one through their Ferrari dealer and bought it.

I thought the Ferrari courtesy cars were standard 1.4 16v 500s with Ferrari red paint.[/quote]

Yes, that too. In Modena you can spot quite some Fiats with the Ferrari red paint (that horrible orange-ish color), the ugliest being probably the Cromas. They are all Ferrari's cars though.

clutch-monkey 03-15-2011 10:05 PM

[quote]nzd $108,000.00.[/quote]
well played ferrari, well played

[url="http://jalopnik.com/#!5760248/how-ferrari-spins"]Jalopnik: Obsessed With The Cult Of Cars[/url]

VOGUE_MAN 03-15-2011 10:29 PM

No different to the Aston Cygnet, I would never buy either of them but I have no doubt others will and they'll be extremely happy with them.

I guess beauty and practicality is in the eye of the beholder. The price of a Cygnet or glorified Fiat is ridiculous to my mind, but then again people will buy them for the same reason they buy C/E Classes or 3/5 Series instead of a Focus or Mondeo that costs half the price. To them the money is worth the badge, prestige and supposed quality.

Ferrer 03-16-2011 12:14 AM

I think it is different from a Cygnet. Unlike the Cygnet this is not badged as a Ferrari (or an Aston in the case of the Cygnet.

I also disagree with the Merc/Bimmer - Ford comparison. The Mercs/Bimmers can indeed do things differently from a Ford. The question if you can appreciate it. If you can't, then yes you are wasting your money. But if you can they are worth it.

henk4 03-16-2011 12:43 AM

with the Cygnet, you are at least entitled to put on the sticker:
"My other car is a....".
because you cannot buy one if you don't alreay own a big brother.
Is this the policy for the Tributo too, or will it be on general sale, or is it just a courtesy car when your Ferrari is in the workshop (50% of the time:D)

Ferrer 03-16-2011 01:09 AM

The thing is the other 50% it will be the Fiat that is in the workshop! :p

pimento 03-16-2011 01:18 AM

[quote=Ferrer;962167]I think it is different from a Cygnet. Unlike the Cygnet this is not badged as a Ferrari...[/quote]

It's not badged as a Ferrari, it just has Ferrari badges on it... :D

Badsight 03-16-2011 04:08 AM

i bet the first arbath model buyers are feeling short changed too , considering the jump in performance of the SS

aiasib 03-16-2011 12:38 PM

The ferrari badge on a car like this is comparable to the "inspired by true events" disclaimer at the beginning of some films.

Man of Steel 03-16-2011 01:58 PM

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About 2 years ago, we looked for a small and new car. Just out of curiosity, we stepped into the Fiat dealership and had a look at the most basic Fiat 500 (funnily enough that version is called 'Naked'). They still ask €11.500 for that.

You can get a bigger (well, that's relative) engine and literally load it with options. The price list for the regular 500 ends with a whopping €19.495. And no matter how you look at it, it will still remain a small car. A very small car.

So €50.000 is crazy? I would say YES, exception if you don't know what to do with your money anymore. By the way I found an even more expensive one... Now that's crazy!

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The performance of this Fenice Fiat 500c has been increased to 200 hp through a partnerships with Romeo Ferraris. The gold and diamond 500c has a new ECU, an upgraded turbo, and a new exhaust system with 200-cells catalytic converter. The 200hp Fiat 500c also has Brembo brakes and adjustable dampers.

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