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Old 05-12-2018   #1
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Hi All, How can I give our 2010 1.2 Sport a bit more oomph? It's my wife's car so I don't want to go bonkers (she's perfectly content the way it is), but are there any relatively simple options that could give the car a bit more grunt? It would greatly increase my enjoyment when driving it, ie on long journeys and on the motorway.
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The basic advice for the 1.2 is to buy a 500 with the diesel or the twin air. Failing that you could enter abarth territory but even those don't exactly set the world alight given what they cost verses the competition.
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There's remapping, about 10% gains on a 1.2

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Nitrous?
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What 6.9bhp at 6000 rpm?
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Thanks for those responses. I'm going to go with the remapping option. The power gain will be modest but it's not particularly expensive to do and it's worth a try.
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Will it have any implications for your insurance?
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And will the other components cope with the extra 7hp?
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Failing that you could enter abarth territory but even those don't exactly set the world alight given what they cost verses the competition.
What's the competition?
VW Up Gti, nearly 14000 with 113hp
Twingo GT, again nearly 14000 with 108hp.

Not exactly apples for apples, but Fiesta ST is 19000 with 197hp (and the obligatory Burberry cap is a 230 option)

I reckon it's competition is it's self.

It's not unusual for FCA cars to come with some fairly healthy discounts, unlike VW.
I've seen discounted 595's with 145hp for around 13500.
I saved around 4000 on my Turismo and I couldn't be happier.

Throw a Monza exhaust and a Bluespark tuning box on a 145hp (you'll see 170hp) and you just won't care about the competition, but they'll be eyeing you with envy.

I admit the more expensive models are, er expensive, but they aren't really lacking for any power and though the steering's a little numb at slower speeds, when you throw it around at speed they handle brilliantly.

And you have to admit, they look far better than a Twingo GT or a VW UP GTi.
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It's not all about horsepower really at this level with handling, driveability, reliability, depreciation and how it actually feels to drive do make the fiesta pretty hard to beat.
With VW it's more about long term ownership. Yes it's a larger outlay and you get less kit, more subtle etc but you get a far better designed and built car (I had a polo before the 500). You get what you pay for so if it was new with my own cash I would walk towards the Fiat showroom with my heart then past it towards the VW or Ford dealers with my head.
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The Fiesta ST isn't without it's niggles and the depreciation is very high.

VW hasn't had a great time with one of their last small GTi's.
The Polo 1.4 TSi GTi was a nightmare, most engines went bang soon after burning all it's oil in as little as 3000 miles.

The Up's German built quality is direct from Slovakia and it's designer poached from Italy.
VW's quality is perceived and their owners deceived.
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Will it have any implications for your insurance?
Hi,
A re-map would need to be disclosed to an insurance company.
On our modified scheme the % loading is generally the BHP increase i.e extra 10% BHP = 10% premium load.

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