Fiat’s nutty little 3-door Abarth 595 Competizione packs 160 horses, 230 Nm of twist and will take you close to 200 kmph!
After all the delays, Fiat India is finally introducing the Abarth brand in India as the Italian manufacturer teased the upcoming Fiat Abarth 500 on their website. The Abarth 500 was showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo and is expected to launch in coming weeks. Fiat India will further strengthen the portfolio in the country with the addition of Abarth versions of Punto EVO and Avventura in coming months. Moreover, Abarth 500 will also start Fiat’s launching spree in the country, apart from the Punto-EVO/Avventura’s Abarth versions, we will have Jeep brand in the country with Wrangler and Cherokee.
The Fiat 500 Abarth 595 Competizione sports a spruced-up Abarth tuned 1.4-liter T-JET motor that’s also under the Linea; for the uninitiated, Abarth is the Fiat’s official performance wing. The 4-cylinder turbo motor in 595 Competizione churns out 160 PS @ 5,500 rpm and a max torque of 230 Nm @ 3,000 rpm. The engine will feed power to a 5-speed automated-manual transmission while a 5-speed manual is also expected to be offered with the hot hatch. It will ride on 17-inch radials. Moreover, styling will be typical like any other Abarth vehicle on this planet, hot alloys on fat tyres, abundance of Abarth logos, racing stripes, sports seats and interiors.
It will go straight head-on with the recently launched Mini Cooper S and will cater the niche market in India just as Mini. Expect the pricing to be similar to that of Mini Cooper S, somewhere in the vicinity of 30-35 lacs.