- Lap Time
- Max Speed
- C1 Exit Speed
- Speed at C7 Apex
First thing that strikes you about this small but powerful Fiat is the phenomenal grip of the 595’s tyres. Add to it the stiffest suspension setup among the hot hatches here and the 595 Abarth almost refuses to roll around corners. What also works in favour of the 595 Abarth is that punchy motor, which may not pack as many ponies as the rest of the rivals here, but is definitely thrilling and sounds exciting when you rev it to the redline. Brakes again have good bite, which make it easy to brake late for corners.
But, it is the AMT gearbox that really ruins the lap times for the 595. According to Aditya, if the car had a manual ‘box the 595 could have shaved nearly four seconds off its quickest lap time! This AMT ‘box is unfortunately set up in such a manner that it does not shift when you want it to, and hence makes it difficult to keep the revs up where you want it, to attack the corners. Also, Fiat hasn’t been able to exploit the full potential of this chassis. The setup is a little conservative. So, instead of lift-off oversteer – a must really for any good FWD track friendly car to exploit a fast corner entry – the 595 just holds its ground killing the much needed adjustability.
Also, the 595’s power source wasn’t functioning, so we couldn’t plug in the VBOX. The lap time you see here, as a result, is manually recorded, and therefore misses out on details like max, exit and apex speed data.
Aditya Speaks: "There's phenomenal grip and you can carry a lot of pace through the corners with very little roll due to the low centre of gravity, stiff suspension, and the low profile tyres. Despite the motor being punchy, the AMT gearbox lets it down by at least four seconds on every lap. It doesn’t let you shift when you want it to, and should have come with a manual or a dual clutch gearbox."