Fiat has been an enthusiasts’ favourite, and with the launch of the new Abarth 595 Competizione, the company targets the relatively small yet important set of buyers again. Essentially a highly tuned version of Fiat 500 micro-city car, the Abarth 595 Competizione is priced at Rs 29.85 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi.
Imported in India as a completely built unit (CBU), the car attracts a heavy amount of duties which bumps up the price tag. But with its closest competitor, the Mini Cooper S, priced not too differently, the Abarth doesn’t look all that overpriced (relatively, of course).
Enough of the boring market-related stuff, the vehicle comes with a list of features that will not look out of place in a race car. There’s a lot of carbon fibre faux of course, a set of Sabelt seats, tall 17-inch wheels, and of course, a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that makes 158 Bhp and 230 Nm.
And all of it in a package that has a footprint (Length: 3657mm, Width: 1893mm and Height: 1485mm) similar to that of a Tata Nano is remarkable. This is one pint sized powerhouse. Meanwhile, the engine drives the front wheels by means of a 5-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), which can also be over-ridden using paddle shifters.
The car will be available at select Fiat outlets in India – in Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, and Delhi, which have already received the Abarth branding. With the launch of the 595 Competitizione, Fiat’s high performance Abarth brand is finally in India. More lip smacking stuff is on its way from Brand Abarth.
You’ve got the Punto Abarth with 145 Bhp on tap lined up for a Diwali release, along with a Avventura Abarth with similar outputs. With a bit of imagination, and effort from Fiat, these cars could slot in at under 10 lakh rupees. It’s raining high performance hatchbacks in India and car nuts are having it very good.
[Abarth Punto images courtesy Hormazd Sorabjee on Twitter]