The Fiat 500 is the epitome of a small, cuddly car. Something like a gag-ball for generations. This Italian is out and about on the streets as a punk. Is it really possible to turn this cult object into a bad wolf? Yes, you can! You just change the name – and then the Fiat 500 is a transformation artist who has it fist thick under the small hood.
As Abarth 595 Competizione, he puts on his grim mask and shows with loud howls his teeth: of course, only figuratively spoken. This Tifosi is a fire-red spam mobile, which the engineers and designers have relished. You really have to get used to the daily traffic, otherwise you'll soon be able to negotiate with these poison dwarfs the well-known horses, as shown in the test drive of the Motor-Information-Service (mid).
The pure performance data initially assume nothing special. Let's face it: with 132kW / 180hp, many other small cars are already entering the ring today. It's great fun: in the first three gears, the Abarth 595 Competizione, with a maximum torque of 250 Newton meters, makes it a real pleasure for ambitious motorists. That's where the real racing feeling comes from. The heart opens and one craves for more.
But the acceleration orgy (6.7 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h) is over pretty quickly. Unfortunately. Because from Tempo 140/150 this dwarf runs out of steam, which does not seem surprising at a displacement of almost 1.4 liters. The four-cylinder engine is doing at the further Vorwrtsdrang but noticeably difficult. Only after a felt eternity, the specified maximum speed of 225 km / h is reached. Since acts then the loud kick, which organize the four tailpipes in sports mode, slightly exaggerated.
One thing is certain: The small Abarth 595 Competizione is very thirsty. After all, anyone who buys such a spam mobile wants to retrieve the available service as often as possible. And then the consumption already breaks the 14-liter mark; with a small tank of 35 liters you will soon be regular at the gas station. Sure: You can reduce the consumption to seven to eight liters of gasoline, but then you should constantly cruising at pace 120 on the highway. Only: Who wants to buy, no such Rennsemmel, but rather a very civil Fiat 500.
Let's get to the interior. Carbon elements, Alcantara steering wheel, aluminum gear knob, multimedia navigation system with touch display – everything is sporty, quite well made and up to date. Disadvantage: The seating position is too high. As a driver, you feel like the monkey on the famous whetstone. This is very much in need of attention and anything but athletic or sexy.
Conclusion: The Abarth 595 Competizione is a Spamobil. Especially on winding country roads, he is in his element. But the Fahrspa has its price: At least 25,690 euros have to beblttern customers for the poison dwarf. For the same money there is already a VW Polo GTI – with lively 200 hp under the hood.
Ralf Loweg / mid
Technical data Abarth 595 Competizione:
Three-door compact car, length / width (with exterior mirror) / height / wheelbase in millimeters: 3.660 / 1.893 / 1.485 / 2.300, empty weight: 1.145 kg, payload: 315 kg, luggage capacity: 185 – 610 l, tank capacity: 35 l, price: from 25,690 euros.
Drive: 1.4l in-line 4-cylinder with turbocharging, 16 valves, displacement: 1,368 cc, power: 132 kW / 180 hp at 5,500 rpm, max. Torque: 250 Nm at 3,000 rpm, 5-speed manual transmission, 0 – 100 km / h: 6,7 seconds, top speed: 225 km / h, front wheel drive, standard fuel consumption combined: 6,8 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions Emission: 155 g / km, emission class: Euro 6d-Temp.
The item "Abarth 595 Competizione: Fire Red Fun Car" was added on March 25, 2014 in the category Driving Report by Ralf Loweg with the keywords Small car, driving report, lifestyle, test report, press presentation, test, report, short test, presentation released.