Today, While returning from Gurgaon, off NH-8 & parallel to IGI Airport, an incidence happened which i am bothered to bring TFI's notice. I happened to check Punto side by side with Skoda Rapid, compare it's real world's performance & other parameters. At one of the stop n go light, i saw skoda rapid approaching me. You know it when some-one is inviting in your rear side-view mirror. I slowed down till he gets alongside (around 50 Kmph in 3rd gear). Once he was, we pushed pedals as hard as we could. Well, people a slight bit of disappointment. To my amazement, Rapid was slowly inching away from me. By the time i reached 100 Kmph , i had no option but to up-shift to 4th. I was about to over-rev it & engine cuts off the fuel when you over rev. (around 5100 RPM i guess). That would have caused me to lose the race by a big margin (since a blank spot of 2 secs of fuel cut). To avoid that situation, i had to up shift. Skoda clearly sailing now instead of inching & it made some 10-15 feet of difference by the time I reached 120. I was angry & frustrated as i was not losing but "just losing". IMO, 15-20 feet of distance is not a big margin. Here the moment arrives i was praying for, as i was climbing from 120 onwards, the Rapid stopped inching away maintaining same 10-15 feet distance. Around 135, a bigger surprise was waiting. I started inching closer to Rapid now. My eyes were wide open & i was pushing down the paddle just soft enough not to tear the metal sheet. I started inching closer & Rapid's owner was pretty much aware of this as Punto's Maserati grill was getting bigger n bigger in his rear view. But here comes the worst moment. There were two useless 407 waiting for us just 250 feet or so. I looked at ODO & it was around 145. I smiled as i got the answer. Punto would have got the RAPID since there is enough of the juice left in Punto at 145 Kmph. Not only this, i also got the answer how i could keep up with a BMW 320 D till the end (the race started at 110 Kmph only). Not only this, i managed to come out with some more positives. Then starts the braking session obviously. Rapid's rear tires were clearly skidding on the tarmac & i was closer to it at that moment. Man, there were pebbles raining all over my front shield. But hey, Punto was in full control & not a drunkard one like RAPID. Pls note that we both were at the same speed since distance between us remained constant. I accelerated ahead intentionally when Rapid was slowing down & again put brake to show him that i can stop 2 times before you do. I was a little pissed off because the Race didn't reach it's ultimate fate. Anyways, i wasn't interested anymore since we were down to 50kmph again & i could see floating traffic some 500 ms ahead. Had i gone for another race, that would have been another defeat, aimless Tyre screeching/braking & irresponsible driving being the traffic ahead. I gave thumbs up the guy & gestured him that "race is over". He was happy though but deep inside, i am sure he had some niggle that "why Punto's grill was getting bigger@130 kmph when it was supposed to lag behind further." Outcomes: 1. Sorry, nothing to say about interior, neither i am interested into this thing but Rapid is one good car (easily better than a Vento) assuming that it would have livable interior. 2. Same old result, nothing can with-stand to Punto when it comes carrying high speeds 3. Brakes & stopping power were not a match at all. I hope they were not 4 disc brakes otherwise it would be shocking. I would assume that it was base diesel (Non ABS)?? 4. 1.6 TDI is a fine engine & the only potent one outside FIAT range (for this segment). Though we are comparing 1248 Cc MJD-1 with 1.6 TDI (2011) but Rapid was loaded with 3 average built guys. 5. Though mileage point looks applicable, all that Engine open up local concepts doesn't make sense to me. I felt it more powerful earlier since i have been driving aggressively from the start. I guess people try to limit themselves for first 2000-3000 kms & then suddenly rev it one day, feels like engine has opened up. Sorry, that's an illusion. I have heard though that FIAT engines are tuned to give only 80-85% for first 10000 Kms, that what i am waiting for. It's a clear winner then. 6. My Punto has covered around 8600 Kms on date & i feel air filter need some cleaning.I will get my fuel/air filters cleaned & check if there is some noticeable improvement. If it is noticed, one can hope to minimize those 10-15 feet. 7. If against FIAT, Mid range (60-120) is weak as compared to 1.6 TDI. In support of FIAT, no sub 15 lakh car (except Cruze) can touch you when you are above 120 kmph. Top range is just awesome. Still wonder, how useful it could be in India?