Written on: 03/08/2001 by Alexander Smith. (1 review written)
Very very quick, nicely styled interior and exterior.
The handling is very good, for a Sports Coupe it is quite a practical car.
Not many apart from the odd rattle and stonechips due to the styling.
I have owned this car for a while now and it still brings a smile to my face, there isn't much that looks like it or goes like it for the money, some call it the smallest Ferrari in the Fiat (Owners of Ferrari) range. The model I have is a limited edition but has the same features as the Plus, Recaro leather, Brembo brakes, 6sp box, bodykit and various other bits and pieces that set the car apart from a standard 20v Turbo.
This car has a 0-60mph of 6 seconds and can hit 100mph and the standing quarter mile in about 14seconds, so it is no slouch, it can fit 4 people in relative comfort.
On accelerating the car gives you a solid kick in the back as everything passes in a blur, the 5 cylinder 2.0 litre Turbo engine just sings back to you, its lovely, not quite a TVR/Ferrari in sound but its a very distinctive and smooth growl which you keep revving up to the redline just to listen too.
The car handles nicely the suspension is very firm and can be a bit crashy on very rough roads, but the car generally remains composed and rarely loses traction unless your are being a real hooligan, it has a very sharp and purposeful feel to the steering although due to the size of the engine and the wide tyres it doesn't have much of a turning circle when it comes to parking it.
I am going to have this car for a long time as there is nothing that you can upgrade to from this in or just above its price range.
Sure to be a Classic in a few years now that Fiat have stopped producing them.
As said above it can seat 4 people and has a decent boot for a Coupe, probably one of the most practical Sport Coupes there is, but then practicality is not what you buy one for, its tohit the loud pedal and enjoy the ride.
You'll never get many miles to the gallon in this car its just too much fun
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