Pocket Rocket
    Category: Forbes Life By : Yessar Rosendar Read : 1413 Date : Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 07:29:14

    Ahmad Zamroni / Forbes Indonesia

    Good things come in small packages, and Fiat’s Abarth 595 Turismo Martini is a case in point. While there are other Turismo models of the Abarth, the Martini version has custom Martini Racing stripes on the side. This car is a pimped up version of the Fiat 500 sports model, and the differences are striking, such as quad exhaust pipes, a bigger wing spoiler and bigger 17 inch wheels. One of the most important design cues is the Abarth scorpion badge on the side of the car.

    The interior, however, is almost identical to an ordinary Fiat 500 Sport with the exception of leather padding on the speedometer cover. Aside from the pedal shifter, the steering wheel features voice and media controls. The speedometer, in the center, can provide information such as fuel consumption. On the side of the speedometer there is a small boost gauge for the turbocharger—a standard feature for all Abarth models, unlike the naturally aspirated 500.

    The center console, however, leaves something to be desired, as there is no color display or other features that are usually standard for a car in this price range. The design, however, was sleek and clean looking  and comes with a CD player, a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity.

    There are six speakers in the car but no surround sound system. The seat was quite comfortable and covered with leather, however the front seat is not electric. For safety the car equipped with seven air bags. Sitting in the car will be a problem for someone with a big figure as the car is quite small.

    The car doesn’t disappoint in its most important aspect: fun to drive. It has two modes: normal and sport. In normal mode the car feels lazy and not like a high performance car, however pressing the sport button will dramatically change the car. The throttle response becomes sharper and when the pedal is pushed, the car produces throaty scream from its exhaust and the steering also becomes sportier too. In the most extreme mode the traction control can also be fully turned off. In sport mode, changing gears manually through the paddle shifter was quite fun, because the transmission changes gear quite fast and so hard that it jolts the driver back into the seat. The transmission is a five-speed automatic with paddle shifters for manual shifting. The car can accelerate to 100 km/h from a standstill in 7.6 seconds. A manual transmission can also be ordered and it is 0.2 seconds quicker.