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Fiat Abarth 595
Fiat Abarth 595 Review
The Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione was launched in India in August 2015, marking the arrival of the revered Abarth brand in India. Fiat - Chrysler Automobiles were happy to announce this launch as the beginning of performance motoring in India.
The Abarth 595 is based on the Fiat 500 that is sold globally and which was also sold for a brief period of time in India. The tiny two-door hatchback looks pretty with its rounded nose and thin single slat grille complemented by the wide aggressive honeycomb mesh-wrapped around the air dam. The vertically stacked signature twin headlamps get projectors and xenon lights. The Abarth decal runs across the side as well as the Abarth logo beside the door handles remind you of the sporty character of the car. The ‘Competizione’ badge on the tailgate and the integrated rear spoiler complement the sporty looks of the car.
Inside, the 595 gets an all-black sporty interior. The flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle-shifts is big and sporty while the dash is plain and seems dated. The Sabelt bucket seats are comfortable and the side bolsters provide good support around corners. The rear seats can seat two but lack space owing to the size of the car. The instrument cluster is digital and includes a multi-function display to give out the vital stats and also goes red as we slot the car in sport mode.
The integrated music system is a 1-Din unit with four speakers and two tweeters and can be accessed through the steering mounted controls. The 595 Competizione gets a manual air conditioner and misses out on driver seat height adjustment. The 595, though, gets ABS, EBD, ESP and airbags for safety and traction control and paddle shifts for performance.
The Abarth is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 160bhp at 5500rpm and 230Nm of torque from 2750rpm to 3000rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed automated manual gearbox. The suspension has been designed specifically by Copaf and Koni to help the car perform better both on road and on the track without compromising on comfort as well as performance. The steering is electronically assisted while the brakes have an all-four-disc setup. Pirelli soft compound tyres are offered as standard with the Competizione.
The Abarth 595 Competizione puts up a strong case for itself against the Mini Cooper S – its only competitor.
Fiat Abarth 595 Colours
Abarth 595 is available/sold in the following colours in India.
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