If his wife wants one because it's cute, I would think the Abarth would be lost on her. The 500 is comparable to the standard Mini (not the S) on power. As in it doesn't have much. I think you'll have to wait until the Fiat dealer opens to check one out, I haven't seen any in Chrysler dealerships yet. You may be able to search around on Autotrader or ebay to see if there is already a used one for sale in your area.
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