Fiat India has launched its first Abarth model in the country, the Abarth 595 Competizione, at Rs. 29.85 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. It will be sold as a Completely Built-up Unit in India. Based on the Fiat 500 hatchback, the Abarth 595 Competizione will rub its shoulder with the Mini Cooper in the segment.
The Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione hatchback is powered by a 1.4-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol motor. The powertrain outputs maximum power of 162PS at 5,500 rpm and churns out 205 Nm at 2,000 rpm in normal mode and 230 Nm at 3,000 rpm in sports mode (available in automatic version). The motor is coupled with a five-speed automated manual transmission. The same engine also powers the Fiat Linea T-Jet, however, the Abarth 595 Competizione delivers more power.
For better comfort on-road, the car manufacturer has equipped the hatchback with stiffer McPherson strut front setup with Copaf suspension and a twist axle at the rear with Koni dual valve rear shock absorbers, coil spring suspension front and rear, etc. The car also gets sportier bumpers and HID headlights that enhance its exterior appearance. The side profile is complemented by 205/40, 17-inch Pirelli Zeros tyres. On the other hand, the interiors feature flat bottomed steering wheel with steering controls, music system with Bluetooth connectivity, sporty seats and alloy pedals.
According to the company, the automatic version of the Abarth 595 Competizione can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 7.4 seconds and has a top speed of 205 km/h. However, the manual transmission variant that has a top speed of 210 km/h will not be sold in India.
The 595 Competizione comes equipped with drilled and ventilated four piston front and rear disc brakes. The small hatch gets a fuel tank capacity of 35 litres and a boot space of 185 litres. Overall, the Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione measures 3,657mm in length, 1,627mm in width and 1,485mm in height.
With the launch of the Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione in India, the Italian carmaker is set to offer other Abarth models in the country such as the Fiat Punto Evo Abarth and the Fiat Avventura Abarth. Both the models are expected to be launched later this year or by 2016. It is also said that these Abarth models will receive the same powertrains under the hood, but will be tuned to offer less output.
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