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- Speed at C7 Apex
Despite being the sportier of the two, we found the Punto Abarth harder to settle into then be it a good seating position or putting the power down early. The Abarth is faster in a straight-line courtesy the more powerful engine. In fact, it is the first hatchback in India to have a sub nine second 0-100kmph time.
Out on the track, with Aditya behind the wheel, the Punto Abarth clocked a 2.18.14 second lap with a top-speed of 141.92kmph as compared to the Figo's 2.21.90 seconds and a top speed of 138.34kmph. But then that's where the fun sort of stops as there is too much being sent to the front wheels resulting in large amounts understeer into the corners.
Unlike the Figo, this one gets disc brakes all around and that is a good thing as you can brake much later and deeper. There isn't much drama as you hit the apex, even in a tight corner like C8, giving you sense that it would take a lot more to unsettle the car. Also the car that we were driving was shod with Yokohama S-Drives rather than the Apollo Acelere. The former are wider than the tyres offered on the Figo making for a larger footprint and higher levels of grip.
Aditya Speaks: "The engine is quite impressive but there is too much power so the car understeers a lot. It feels a lot heavier and is not so nimble as compared to the Figo. The suspension, it is softer than you would want it to be on the track but it is still quite hard to unsettle the rear. Basically, you have to drive it the way it wants to be driven."