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Whiters

334 posts

124 months

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Great that it's getting the Twin Air. I had considered chopping in the 100 for a 4x4 for the winter months, but for its relaxed on road performance. With the twin-air and a little bit of chipping, this 4x4 could be the perfect all year round commuter with a bit of green-lane fun thrown in.

Just remembered this from 5th Gear a few years back. Everyone loves an underdog:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjPJNSZOPm8

Harry H

738 posts

41 months

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Motorrad said:
I like it but it's a shame they have to 'butch' it up with plastic cladding. Better would be a base model, on steelies, no bullst addons and a lower list price.
This. I loved the original Panda for it's total simplicity. Was always my preferred holiday rental machine.

TAHodgson

813 posts

56 months

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Love it! Here's hoping they'll do a new 100HP too! Would be a serious contender for my next car..

LuS1fer

31,716 posts

130 months

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I far preferred the style of the last panda. this is very much a sucked lozenge but i'd have it over the Duster any day of the week. I saw many Dusters in Spain and it looks cheap and 90s.

thinfourth2

29,855 posts

89 months

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alexpa said:
who cares about the Panda 4x4?

where are your pics of the F70 Tub, Mclaren P1 etc...

for those that are interested:
http://www.autoblog.com/2012/09/26/mclaren-p1-supe...

http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=...
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hora

18,460 posts

96 months

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Harry H said:
This. I loved the original Panda for it's total simplicity. Was always my preferred holiday rental machine.
Saying that - my 04 Forester on steel wheels looked 'right'. Classless IMO and not trying to be anything.

WMP

148 posts

84 months

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Twincam16 said:
I like the Panda 4x4. I often wonder whether Fiat could get away with lowering and stiffening the suspension, fitting a more powerful engine and making it a kind of latter-day mini-Integrale.

Come to think of it, isn't there a Lancia based on the Panda floorplan? They could do it with that and even call it an Integrale. Then enter it in the IRC.
That sounds like a plan! If Fiat made this car as the next 100 hp it would be awesome. Is it too small to comply with the WRC regs though?

BeirutTaxi

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5,699 posts

99 months

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alexpa said:
who cares about the Panda 4x4?

where are your pics of the F70 Tub, Mclaren P1 etc...

for those that are interested:
http://www.autoblog.com/2012/09/26/mclaren-p1-supe...

http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=...
You cared enough to spend time writing a (poor) post about it wink

I really like cheap, small cars that are fun/interesting and I am always happy to read about them in the motoring press smile

Gridl0k

1,058 posts

68 months

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It wasn't until I went to the Alps in winter that I understood the market for these. They're everywhere, and their ancestors too.

BeirutTaxi

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5,699 posts

99 months

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Gridl0k said:
It wasn't until I went to the Alps in winter that I understood the market for these. They're everywhere, and their ancestors too.
The old Panda 4x4 is loveable in many ways.. So dirt cheap and simple!

As an interesting fact of the day.. I think alongside the Defender the really old Panda's are the only production car in the world to have a totally flat windscreen smile

LuS1fer

31,716 posts

130 months

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BeirutTaxi said:
The old Panda 4x4 is loveable in many ways.. So dirt cheap and simple!

As an interesting fact of the day.. I think alongside the Defender the really old Panda's are the only production car in the world to have a totally flat windscreen smile
The Beetle certainly had a flat windscren prior to the 70s and there must be hundreds of pre 60s cars that had them.

BeirutTaxi

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5,699 posts

99 months

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LuS1fer said:
The Beetle certainly had a flat windscren prior to the 70s and there must be hundreds of pre 60s cars that had them.
Epic fail on my part then frown

Neil G60

601 posts

109 months

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Great niche car. Much better with the twin-air engine too I'd imagine than the old wheezy n/a.

ally_f

216 posts

72 months

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love it - the return of a classic! A supermini with 4x4 capability... unless you need the size, running costs and image of a 'normal' off-roader, the Panda is the one to have... it's cool where the Dacia says 'I couldn't afford anything else'.


y2blade

54,388 posts

100 months

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cool I like the Panda 4x4s.

New one looks good to me yes


irish boy

1,341 posts

121 months

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Love mine...bought it for the big snow of 2010 and couldn't bring myself to sell so it's a permanent fixture in the garage now.

Had some cracking drives in it....much more capable than people realise.



SprintSpeciale

429 posts

30 months

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In 2005 I bought one of the previous model Pandas as a surprise for Mrs SS to ferry the little ones around. She flipped that I had "wasted money on a second car" and told me to take it back. I didn't, of course, and within a couple of weeks she thought that it was the best thing since sliced bread. During the time that we owned it, I went through various cars (and types of cars) but the only one I miss is the Panda. I would have another one in an instant if we weren't a bit overstocked at the moment. Not sure I would need a 4x4, but if that is the only model that comes in this colour I'd probably take it just for that reason.

These little gems are proof that you can have an interesting, enjoyable, fully warranted car for a relatively small outlay. In their way, they are just as impressive as the more exotic stuff that usually attracts the attention of the PH massive.

Hub

2,723 posts

83 months

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The previous 4x4 was very underpowered. I like them though!

Evo-Unknown

13 posts

79 months

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True, this is an unlikely PH Hero for sure; but I enjoyed seeing this here and like the look of the new Panda 4x4.

I'm 'into' Fiat at the moment for probably the first time ever. I'm due to pick up a 100HP in just over a weeks time and have an 80's 4x4 coming my way for the winter months...

Highway Star

3,059 posts

116 months

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Hub said:
The previous 4x4 was very underpowered. I like them though!
This was the main reason I didn't buy one when I bought my Octavia 4x4 nearly three years ago. If this one has adequate enough grunt to make it a viable motorway/A road car for longish distances and is a little bigger than the previous generation Panda, it could be a serious contender to replace the Octavia when the time comes.

I love little Fiats, especially Panda 4x4s - this'll go down a storm in Italy.

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