17th Aug 2018 7:00 am

Mass market efficiency hatchbacks go head-to-head on the drag strip.

The Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS and Fiat Abarth Punto match the invoice as mass-market efficiency hatchbacks. The Baleno RS got here as a turbocharged breath of recent air from a carmaker that’s synonymous with kpl fairly than kph. Certain, Suzuki’s 1.0-litre, three-pot, Boosterjet turbo-petrol has misplaced a couple of horses in its journey to India (variations overseas make 9hp and 20Nm extra), however with 102hp and 150Nm the RS’ engine continues to be lots livelier than the usual 1.2 petrol. And keep in mind, the RS is a light-weight automotive that ideas the scales at simply 950kg. The Abarth Punto is about 250kg heavier however it’s no light-weight within the engine division. Its 1.four turbo-petrol is nice for 145hp and 212Nm, which suggests the Abarth nonetheless has the numbers on its facet.

The Abarth takes off from the beginning line with much more gusto and steadily pulls away from the Baleno RS. We will hear the RS’ three-cylinder engine buzzing away, giving its all, however on the finish it’s no match for the Abarth’s tidal wave of energy. There’s over a second between the 2 automobiles on the quarter mile, with the Abarth and Baleno RS registering occasions of 16.324sec and 17.367sec, respectively. Hatchbacks for petrolheads these could also be, however what’s change into very clear is that they’ve very totally different ‘warmth signatures’. One is a heat hatch. The opposite? A bona fide scorching hatch.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RSFiat Abarth Punto
Kerb weight950kg1198kg
1/four mile time17.367s16.324s
Velocity lure130.03kph140.49kph

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