Driving in this world has not only become an important integrated part of our everyday lives, it has also become a source of luxury. The car you drive can say a lot about who you are. When you turn the ignition and roll down the busy streets of New York, California, and even in small towns, the people who see you don’t see you, they see your reflection in the sleek car you knew would turn heads. Whether it’s for you or you and your growing family, life comes full circle once you have the right vehicle for your needs. Today, we are going to be looking at the Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione 2015. We hope to give you some insight into this new and improved Fiat with all it has to offer, yes, including the price.
Fiat, which is based in London, UK, has been making vehicles in the United States in 2009 after its merge with Chrysler and has become the seventh largest auto maker in the world. In the year 2015, Fiat looks to make a new Abarth to appeal to every type of demographic, and so far, there is no question they are making their mark. Do you remember a few years ago, a man walking down the street and sees a beautiful woman bending over and then wiping foam off his lips from his coffee? That was the first commercial and view of the Fiat Abarth I had ever seen. I must say I was impressed, as I am with the 595 Competizione.
The Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione is a remake of its 1964 predecessor which had 32 base horsepower. Looking at it now, I’m not even sure you can call it the same vehicle. With 158 base horsepower and 170 foot pounds of torque, the wind is sure in my hair already. With its continued sleek design and following suit with many car companies adding turbocharge, or as some call Eco boost, this four cylinder “T-jet” car is putting up a good fight. According to an article done by Car Magazine, “this car is the 500 at its best” (Abarth 1).
The car has a 7.4 second 0-62 mile per hour, and it makes it seem so easy. Watching the car fly down the drag-strip makes my heart flutter, and it’s not just the engine. Inside you have beautiful leather seats and fittings you can really get your hands on. The 595 has done well in its first make over, releasing with all of the new-fangled accessories we all want: Bluetooth, park and rear assist, and even comes with tinted windows as standard. This car may be small, but packs a big punch.
Starting a 43 miles per gallon and a price tag of 19-21 Euro, the Competizione is pulling away from the drag strip a little far behind its competition. Coming up behind other minis in the competition, it’s no surprise Fiat wants to make a name for itself. The price may seem far off from what its name entails, but this car has a lot to offer. I was not fortunate enough to be able to test drive this new vehicle, seeing the videos produced about it were enough for me to feel strongly about the quality of this little monster.
Sweeping a car like the Competizione under the rug is not something Fiat will take sitting down. This car is a true test of their quality now that they have taken over Chrysler in 2014. Looking past their small and under equipped past, they are busting out and leaving that behind. The 595 is giving us a glimpse into their bright future, one that has made them talk enough to at least compare them to the well rounded car companies not from America, but make cars within America like BMW and Volkswagen. By the Fiat creeping on them with the 595, it’s no wonder they are comparing them.
I am excited for the future of the Fiat Abarth after seeing this car in action. This proud and successful car company has so much to look forward to in the years to come, and the 595 Competizione is the best starting point that Fiat could have chosen. By reimagining this iconic vehicle, they are breaking new ground into the ever-changing car industry. I truly do wish them luck in their venture. I encourage anyone looking trade up (or in this case down due to size) to a mini, you give this car a test drive and see for yourself.