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Fiat 500 ABARTH 595 Competizione - First Drive Report

Discussion in 'Abarth' started by nkrishnap, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. nkrishnap

    nkrishnap Staff Member Janitor

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    FCA India has launched the Abarth Brand in India on the August 4th 2015 at the Buddh International Circuit. The long pending Abarth has finally been launched. TFI was invited to cover the event and experience Abarth on the race track.

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    First car that comes to our shore is the Fiat 500 Abarth 595 Competizione. The 595 Competizione comes as CBU with a sticker price of 29.85 lakhs ex showroom Delhi and would retail at 4 exclusive showrooms

    Austin Fiat - Kolkata
    Kashyap Fiat – New Delhi
    KHT Fiat - Bangalore
    RDC Fiat - Chennai

    A quick glance at the tech specs.

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    This car comes with the 1.4 Tjet which sounds familiar is all prepped to pump out 160 HP at 5500 rpm and generates 230 NM of twisting force at 3000 rpm in sport mode. This little car has all the numbers in its favor and this time the car does walk the talk in terms of performance. Fiat claims a 0- - 100 kmph in 7.4s and this is pretty quick by Indian standards. This car is a little pocket rocket. The car is kitted with stuff to make it sporty not just visually but also in the way it drives
    • 17 inch wheels with sticky 205/40 R17 tyres
    • It comes with discs at front and rear with 4 piston calipers
    • Cofap Front and Koni Rear Suspension
    • AMT and paddle shifters
    • Sabelt – Abarth Corsa racing seats
    Little pocket rocket.

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    Drive Experience

    First things first, this is not a full review. Got to drive the car for 4 laps around the Buddh International Circuit and the first impressions are here

    Get into the car and you will find yourself comfortable in the racing seats with ample support. The car has a raspy exhaust note and at higher rpms it gets a little louder and intrudes into the cabin. Press the brake pedal, press the button 1 and press the M/A button and the car goes into the auto mode. Hit the accelerator pedal and the car gets going without any jerks. If you wish to move it manual mode press the M/A button and the console displays you are in the manual mode. Like all turbo cars, this one too has a lag but not too pronouned like diesels. The acceleration post 2500 rpm is pretty quick and revs all the way till 6000 rpm until you hit the red line. However, revving beyond the 5500 rpm is pretty useless.

    The paddles shifter are easy to use and the shifts are pretty slow and robs a bit of time in the acceleration charts. The upshifts are quick however, the downshifts takes a bit of time. This car with a manual slick shifting gearbox would be atleast 1-1.5 second quicker to the ton mark.

    The ride is set up stiff which translates into very little body roll. The lovely chunky steering coupled with the stiff suspension set up and sticky tyres meant the handling of this little car was brilliant around the track. The 4 piston calipers provide sharp braking and the sticky Pirelli tyres compliment the brakes by providing good grip under hard braking. However, for normal roads the ride is on the stiffer side.

    A couple of laps at BIC

    Last edited: Aug 13, 2015
  2. nkrishnap

    nkrishnap Staff Member Janitor

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    Punto Evo Abarth was also showcased but did manage to get ride in it. None were allowed to drive the Punto Evo Abarth apart from the designated Fiat Folks. From the ride I can summarize (based on the feel) the below.
    • Car is quick and does justice to the Punto for the chasis which is capable of handling the power. The acceleration is brisk and does pin you back to the seats.
    • Strong brakes courtesy disc brakes at both front and rear
    • A bit of body roll again a courtesy of the higher GC
    • The ride feels stiffer, but a drive on the regular roads will provide better insight
    • Car certainly deserves better rubber as the Apollo tyres were begging for mercy and squealing at almost all corners.
    • Feels like the Linea Tjet, quite refined and literally no exhaust note (A dampner)
    A few pics of the car in Matt grey and Black. Personally love the black color it looks hot and stunning.

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  3. nkrishnap

    nkrishnap Staff Member Janitor

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    Got a chance to talk Kevin Flynn and one can know that he means business. Kevin has been around for about 5 months with Indian Operations. A few pointers from the discussion.
    • Open to feedback and keen to listen to the customers needs/worries and willingness to fix these issues
    • Fiat has a strong association in the minds of Indians but this is not translating into numbers
    • Investments are happening and the new products will be rolled out in the due course of time. (No specifics were given though understandably)
    • Fixed the issues at the dealer transaction side and able to reduce the dealer inventory.
    • Newer and better engines in the up coming cars (a response to the question of why the 1.6 mjd has not made its way in to the Linea yet)
    • Investments on the marketing side to happen soon and the results would be visible in the near future.
    • Punto Evo Abarth and Avventura to be launched by Diwali as the they are on the verge of finalizing all the project deliverables.
    • Does follow Team Fiat India forum.
  4. nkrishnap

    nkrishnap Staff Member Janitor

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    A few parting shots.

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    The Grand Stand at BIC

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    Brilliantly designed scopion claw alloys. Notice the disc brakes at front as well as rear.

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  5. Vidhyashankar Kannan

    Vidhyashankar Kannan Regolare

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    May I say that that is a great video. The 595 is quick off the line and looks very cute on the road.

    This was the best line I've heard in a long time "Car is quick and does justice to the Punto for the chasis which is capable of handling the power. The acceleration is brisk and does pin you back to the seats."

    I hope the Punto Abarth gets its due recognition as it has the chassis worthy of a performance machine. Thank you for the update.

    And having a CEO with his ears on the ground should help the brand a lot. Fingers crossed and hoping to see some great times ahead for FCA India.
  6. prabhjot

    prabhjot Esperto

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    The amt on the 595 is may not seamless but the sound of the slower, actuated manual-gearbox shift+deeper rev matching/dipping-and-rising is fantastic!

    And man, the handling seems to be something else: just so taut! Could make that out clearly even visually from the video!

    Staggering fun this car will be, to drive AND to experience visually and aurally for those who buy one in India. I would in a very short instant....if I could!

    @nkrishnap

    Are the suspension settings adjustable when you pressed the 'sport' button, or are the dampers as it is 'frequency selective'? Would you say the car would be impossible harsh riding for good use on anything but the best, most predictable roads? Or tolerable and manageable on many/most of our big-city roads? Does Bombay/Mumbai not get a chance to acquire the Abarth 595: strange?

    and thanks!
  7. limraj

    limraj Superiore

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    GC = 105mm.
    On practical note, what roads can it play?
  8. prabhjot

    prabhjot Esperto

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    .....but stiff, fs dampers AND a very short wheelbase: as practical as any proper 'sportscar' can be for India? Especially well suited to Delhi, many parts of NCR and the likes of Chandigarh: hope to see a few around here!
  9. Dinesh Kumar

    Dinesh Kumar Novizio

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    Nice write up Krish with drooling pictures as usual. In fact I think Black abarth Punto is more hotter than matt grey after seeing your pics. Its proud to feel that TFI was invited for the event and more heartening to read that Mr. Kevin follows TFI. It shows that Fiat India is in safe hands and following the right approach. Thank you very much Mr. Kevin if you are reading this. I'm eager to see the video as its blocked in office :(

    On a lighter note, the parting pics looks to be more inviting pics ;)
  10. maheshvpy

    maheshvpy Amatore

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    Great video nkrishnap. Were you allowed to take the video from inside the Punto too? Just waiting for the Punto Abarth launch and to visit the Fiat showrooms again. I just hope Fiat trains their sales persons very well about the product. Most of them I speak don't have good knowledge on the strengths of Fiat cars.
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