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Old 21-09-2013   #16
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Re: My new 595 Competizione

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Seriously nice! Abarths aren't available in Ireland - as matter of interest, how much is a new 595 in the UK?
The price of that car new with the options is 20,725
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That is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!

And I must ask is that actually a boat floating in the background?
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That is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!

And I must ask is that actually a boat floating in the background?
Looks like Poole next to the Sunseeker factory.
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Looks like Poole next to the Sunseeket factory.
Yes they are sunseeker boats and they are not in the water, but just 1 min away you can see loads of them in the water.
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RUI, What can I say, looks great, bet you can't wait to get behind the wheel. Be interested to know how you find the seats. Not jealour really
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Really nice! Love the interior - properly plush
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Love the metallic grey! That's exactly the colour I wanted for my TwinAir but alas, no stock
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I have just had an insurance quote.... 199 fully comp.
Being 41 with 8 years NCB and retired has it's benefits.
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Beautiful car, brilliant saving and I'm soooo jealous.
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I have just had an insurance quote.... 199 fully comp.
Being 41 with 8 years NCB and retired has it's benefits.
41 and retired..! Now I'm jealous of the car and you ; )
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I have just had an insurance quote.... 199 fully comp.
Being 41 with 8 years NCB and retired has it's benefits.
My statement above still stands, but now more so
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Re: My new 595 Competizione

I picked it up a few hours ago, I did the 100 mile drive back and the car is amazing. The ride is great when driving normally but when it gets twisty it feels so different to my 500. The seats should have been fitted to all abarths as standard they are just so nice to sit in and look at.
My average MPG going to the dealer in my 500 was 55, on the way back in the 595 it was 23! but I was driving a LOT faster. I will get some photos of it later.
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Re: My new 595 Competizione

An update after driving a couple of hundred miles in it.


Things that really stand out
Suspension/handling is very very good. I have driven some very nice performance cars over the years and although this car may not have the power of other cars it feels just right and give a lot of confidence in the corners.

Engine. The 160 bhp engine gives great power delivery with no noticeable turbo lag. It puts the power down nicely and and makes it a breeze to drive slowly or flat out.

Seats The seats are amazing to look at and feel good even after driving for 2 hours. They make you feel like you are sitting in the car rather than the standard 500 seat where it always felt like you were sitting on top of the car. The sabelts don't have height adjustment ( i'm 6 ft 1 and they are fine) or side airbags but who need that anyway? (unless you are in a crash).

Lights. The standard lights on the 500 remind me of the 1963 6volt VW beetle I once owned, even with a bulb upgrade they are below average at best but the xenon HID or whatever they are called are great and then when you hit full beam the HID bulb goes full beam and you also get the standard full beams on.
I was driving past peoples houses last night and the lights are so bright people were getting up thinking it was the morning...

Auto dim rear view mirror. I have had lots of cars with this but my last 500 did not have it and I had forgotten how handy it can be.

Exhaust. The monza exhaust is great fun, it makes a sound like no 4 cylinder car should make. On tick over or driving under 4000 rpm the car has a nice deep sound. on the motorway the noise is hardly noticeable UNTIL you hit 4000 RPM then the thing is like a 1960's Ferrari it just screams and when you let off the gas it pops and crackles. You can be doing 100mph on the motorway in 5th gear and still be under 4000 rpm.
I am sure that exhaust is going to cost me hundreds of over the next couple of years in wasted fuel by keeping the car is a lower gear just for the sound.


Now for the things I don't like.

The stereo is crap, the interscope was never amazing but without it it's rubbish. I am going to a incar hifi place tomorrow to have a chat and to see what they can do.
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Ian, glad you are happy with the new car, I'll be interested to hear how the new stereo system sounds when we next get together as I am also considering an upgrade.
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Best version of the 500 in my opinion.
Those FSD's give quite a nice ride for such a firm feeling car don't they?
Love those Sabelt seats. Especially the tobacco leather contrast.
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