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Old 19-04-2015   #16
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The grande in general i have always thought feels flimsy and badly put together inside which is a big shame - defo the best looking hatch released recently (yes its not really recently anymore but i still consider them new cars).
It pains me to say it, but as much I absolutely loved my old mk2 Punto, the build quality on my Grande is far better. It defo doesn't feel flimsy or badly put together.
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For reference it's 7.5 secs 0-62 officially, so quicker than a mk1 GT.

If everyone substitutes excitement for character then I'll agree! It's indecently quick overtaking, and is more capable than I am on the bends - not really interested in traffic light grand prix's (unless I'm in a 127, or maybe a Panda!!) these days so 0-62 is largely academic.

Personally I prefer a mk1 Punto Sporting (notice I didn't say GT ) because of the feel & feedback you get (amongst other things). Doesn't mean it's better though - and I would choose the AGP to drive a few 100 miles at high motorway speeds.

It's good everyone doesn't like the same thing, and good that people believe the 500 Abarth is better. I'll see what everyone says when it's 15/20 years old, I think.
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They weren't cheap when I bought mine!

Just got to wait for all the idiots to wreck them and crash them now - it will take a few years, but will happen.

People don't always realise how rare the AGP is. 366 were registered, and there are 350 left. I think there were about 60 black ones registered in 2009 (most were red or white), and most won't be the EsseEsse version, as that cost an extra 4000.
The rarity makes it cool for me

Mine is the only one in Northampton so far, haven't seen any others yet
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For reference it's 7.5 secs 0-62 officially, so quicker than a mk1 GT.

If everyone substitutes excitement for character then I'll agree! It's indecently quick overtaking, and is more capable than I am on the bends - not really interested in traffic light grand prix's (unless I'm in a 127, or maybe a Panda!!) these days so 0-62 is largely academic.

Personally I prefer a mk1 Punto Sporting (notice I didn't say GT ) because of the feel & feedback you get (amongst other things). Doesn't mean it's better though - and I would choose the AGP to drive a few 100 miles at high motorway speeds.

It's good everyone doesn't like the same thing, and good that people believe the 500 Abarth is better. I'll see what everyone says when it's 15/20 years old, I think.
Yep i agree with this, as an everyday car i would pick the AGP too probably, particularly if i was doing quite a lot of miles. For something to make me grin i would take the GT.

But still, 7.8 secs vs 7.5 secs - they are basically same on acceleration, its close enough for a race to be decided by driver skill/error anyway which makes them the same in my book
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I embarrassed a lad in on with my old seicento turbo and pretty sure a mk1 GT would utterly destroy one..
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But still, 7.8 secs vs 7.5 secs - they are basically same on acceleration, its close enough for a race to be decided by driver skill/error anyway which makes them the same in my book
It's you said a mk1 would utterly destroy one - make up your mind!
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lol that was before i went and looked up the specs.... because it feels like it would if you are only going on your arse-o-meter
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lol that was before i went and looked up the specs.... because it feels like it would if you are only going on your arse-o-meter
That statement sums this whole discussion up for me. My 500, an 85bhp TA feels quicker than my old V6 Hyundai coupe, it isn't, by a long way (i think the 0-60 is about2/3s of the 500) but that doesn't stop the 'feeling', its just more entertaining to drive.
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exactly, feel is so much more important than actual numbers
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exactly, feel is so much more important than actual numbers
And of course, a well driven 'slow' car will always out perform a badly driven 'fast' car in all but a drag race.
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haha yes, and even in drag races sometimes
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I have a GPA and for me its the best car. I do freely admit I have driven better cars, but GPA is beautiful, drives well, suits me perfectly in any way (well TBH, I'd like to move gearstick an inch closer to me) and most of all I like its stealthiness... It looks like an ordinary Grande Punto if you don't look too closely, but if you do - it passes you in a flash! Is it cool?... I'm not so sure...
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I have a GPA and for me its the best car. I do freely admit I have driven better cars, but GPA is beautiful, drives well, suits me perfectly in any way (well TBH, I'd like to move gearstick an inch closer to me) and most of all I like its stealthiness... It looks like an ordinary Grande Punto if you don't look too closely, but if you do - it passes you in a flash! Is it cool?... I'm not so sure...
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Sub zero.. I drive a GP for a reason!
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Oops, voted uncool when I meant to vote sub-zero.
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