Small, but spicy, this is the Fiat Pulse Abarth, test drive – El Sol de México

When a model from the Italian house bears the surname Abarth It becomes an exponent of power and high performance. Fortunately for enthusiasts, the latest execution of the scorpion that returned to the Mexican market is no exception.

For the first time the sports name falls on a body SUValthough it is based on the Pressthe poison injection totally changes the dynamics and expression of this little vehicle with an exterior and interior touch-up that makes its lineage clear with the speedster badge all over it.

It has a more aggressive image with darkened elements such as the grille and plastic moldings in combination with red applications; On the sides it mounts 18-inch black wheels with low-profile tires, while the rear sports a dual exhaust. It stands out that nowhere do we find the logo of Fiatin its place the insignia of the scorpion or the emblem of Abarth they are present.

The cabin does the same with a sporty atmosphere, with a judicious use of materials and combinations that are far from the traditional model for the better. The dashboard stands out for the combination of bright red and carbon fiber simile; Both the steering wheel, the lever and the seats are covered in leather with red stitching as a distinctive feature. In the center, the touch screen is 10.1 inches with wireless connectivity and the Uconnect system, while the digital instrument panel is customizable.

Although it has four airbags, ABS brakes, stability control, a reversing camera and advanced assistants such as autonomous emergency braking, lane maintenance and activation of high beams, it is the safety section where this model has room for improvement. , a pair of airbags to protect the second row and rear disc brakes would better support the proposal.

This is how the Pulse Abarth is handled

The fun is provided by the 1.3-liter turbo engine, which increases power to 173 horsepower and 198 lb-ft of torque, associated to the front axle by a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential manual control and paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

On city trips it behaves comfortably, with smooth changes and contained fuel consumption, but when you are looking for agility, just press the Poison button on the steering wheel to radically change the driving sensation. First of all, the tachometer turns red, the electronics make the accelerator more responsive and the steering precise, in addition the characteristic Abarth engine snore is displayed in the cabin, when you least realize it, the speed takes over the route. It is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 8 seconds and reaching 250 km/h.

The sports division managed to give this compact SUV the necessary emotion to distinguish itself with enthusiastic, high-performance driving.


  • 1.3L Turbo 4 Cyl Engine.
  • Power 173 hp
  • Torque 198 lb-ft
  • 6V Automatic Transmission.
  • Price $495,500

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