Fiat Chrysler Automobiles India today launched its performance brand in India, unveiling the Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione at the Buddh International Circuit. It will be priced at Rs.29.85 lakh, (ex-showroom New Delhi).
Abarth & C. S.p.A. is a racing car and road car maker founded by Carlo Abarth in 1949. It is a fully owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
The 595 Competizione is a 3-door hatchback powered by a 1.4 LT-Jet engine producing 160 PS of power, taking the car from 0-100 in 7.6 seconds and 17-inch alloy wheels. The maximum torque generated is 230 Nm@2750 – 3000 RPM with the top speed estimated to be around 210 kmph. The car will be brought to India via CBU and will initially be at select Fiat dealerships in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bengaluru.
Speaking on the launch, Kevin Flynn, President and Managing Director, FCA India Automobiles Pvt Ltd said, “We are pleased to introduce the iconic Italian brand, Abarth, from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ stable to our customers in India. The flagship model Abarth 595 Competizione, a sports performance coupe, is renowned world over for its performance, style and rich heritage. With this launch, we are hoping to bring this same legacy to our Indian customers and are confident that Abarth would provide a superior driving experience.”
The interiors of the car feature plush black leather and fabric upholstery with the 595 stitched into the seats.The 595 Competizione will be available in four colours; Campovolo Grey, Scorpione Black, Cordolo Red, Iridato White.
The company also showcased the new Punto Abarth hatchback, which has a 1.4 litre four-cylinder turbocharged T-Jet engine. This car will be made locally so we can expect the prices to be lesser than the 595 Competizione and willl hit the market soon.
The only competition for the 3-door hatch currently in the market is the Mini Cooper S which is priced a couple of lakhs higher.