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Abarth Launches Hotshot Cabrio For Summer

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Get ready for summer with a brand new Abarth Cabrio!

The roof has come off the Abarth 595 Competizione, available at Richard Hardie showrooms across the north-east of England, just in time for summer. But then, I guess Christmas Day would be a pretty poor time to launch a cabriolet.

At a shade under £19,000, the 595 Competizione cabriolet couldn’t be described as cheap, but you do get an awful lot for your money. How can you put a price on laughter drifting away on the wind? Or, more practically, the top-quality materials?

This is a chunky monkey of a car. Even the branding badges on the sides look pleasantly plus-size. The Sabelt racing seats up front look astonishingly inviting. Prefer your seats in leather and alcantara? You just added over £1000 to your bill. But boy does it seem worth it.

Further attractive embellishments include the standard aluminium pedals and footrest, while the aluminium gearknob is so desirable, we’ll forgive you for fondling it at the lights.

But wait, things get even better when you switch into Sport mode. This reconfigures the digital instruments, beefs up the steering and makes the accelerator ultra-responsive. Want to reduce torque steer? You’ll be wanting the Torque Transfer Control button. Every vehicle should have one.

So what’s it like to drive? Well, an upright driving position and performance borrowed from the space shuttle create a sort of Exocet missile/ hardbacked chair combo. Seats are cosy, though. You’ll feel nicely cosseted as the 1.4-litre 158bhp turbo propels you to 60mph in nine seconds or so.

There’s a fairly short wheelbase, so you could spend some productive time planning routes that avoid speed bumps, but then you get Koni Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) technology. Obviously. You’d forgotten, hadn’t you? Tsk.

The Record Monza exhaust system continues the theme of unlikely and extravagantly named technology. It’s a system that seems to have much in common with spacecraft propulsion. The Abarth 595 seems to look for gaps in the traffic all by itself. When it finds them, its enthusiasm off the mark is remarkable.

If you had your logical head on, you’d probably never go anywhere near the Abarth 595 Competizione. In fact, you’d probably be buying an Astra. But you’ve read this far, so you’re clearly an impulsive creature, one who believes that tomorrow is another day and it’ll probably take care of itself. So, sit back, buckle up, drop the hood and prepare to whoop.

The Abarth 595 Competizione is available to test-drive from June 2015 at Richard Hardie showrooms in Silverlink, Newcastle.

Driving Test Changes In December 2017

Driving Test Changes In December 2017

Posted on: 4th Dec 2017

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have confirmed that from today (Monday 4th December), changes to the driving test are now in effect.

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

Posted on: 15th Nov 2017

With the cold winter days fast approaching and the dark nights now here, driving can be a daunting experience. Whether youíre driving to work, the shops or travelling to a relativeís home for Christmas ensuring your car is in full working condition is essential. Sometimes though, we forget some of the rules of the road during the colder months; rea...

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

Posted on: 26th Oct 2017

Arriving to Richard Hardie Peugeot Centres in January 2018, the All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV is set to make heads turn with its sharp robust design. If you canít wait till January, Richard Hardie Ashington and Durham are holding exclusive preview events in November. See the bottom of this article to book your appointment!

Richard Hardie Raise £254 on Macmillan Coffee Morning

Richard Hardie Raise £254 on Macmillan Coffee Morning

Posted on: 3rd Oct 2017

On Friday 29th September 2017 our Richard Hardie Group participated in the world's biggest coffee morning. We baked, bought and ate cake to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. We had a great day eating cake and playing various fundraising games and in all we raised £253.64 between our five Centres in Ashington, Durham, Newcastle, Silverlink a...