147 Selespeed v Stilo Abarth "selespeed"
Drove into work this morning in the dealers red 147 having stupidly driven through the town end of my drive in auto mode and experienced the foot-down-go-nowhere-suddenly lurch forward into roundabout routine for the first time - quite exhilarating that eh?
Anyway what is a colleague driving to work in but a Fiat Fleet Demo Stilo Abarth with selespeed style paddles!
Lunch time off we went in a comparitive auto test! The stilo is weirdly attractive - this ones in black with all the kit and trim. Odd how the dash looks familiar, the materials look familliar, everything, seems oddly like a badly designed 147 prototype that was thrown out for lack of style.
it was faster, it changed gear equally as well (auto was as bad) but it was too much engine for too soft a ride and the seats were abysmal, too short in the squab for my meagre 5ft 11 and not generally comfortable.
Its quite a neat package, but its not worth the money, and the ride is too compromised and the handling all too squidgy for my taste. but from the outside I cannot help but like it. Its more like the Vel Satis concept than the Vel Satis production car (ABOMINATION), oddly daring.
My colleague agreed that the 147 was a much better package all round and its driving ability vastly superior, plus it had style, the Fiat just had well, weird appeal really.