i am driving very anxiously . i looked at the speedo.. . wow!!! it is about to cross 260kmph.roads in kerala have become real good i am so happy. suddenly a voice like thunder and clouds -jayadev time to get up , you are dreaming !!
truly i wish such dreams could ever come true in india then i would go for sanyas!!
its 7am and everybody is busy(i wonder what these women have to do even on sundays). i got out to see punto, drenched in mist .i though i should give a "morning ride" to her and here i go with my purse and keys. i heard so many people shouting behind me - who cares!!!
suddenly my brother's golden words rang in my head " always give 1 minute warm up for that little turbo"
i thought "oops" and stopped . i kept looking at the clock .it was like eternity .one minute was taking too long. anyway it passed somehow. i was enjoying the sound of engine , remained silent for some more time, i press the accelerator a bit, a generous grunt truly sporty. a strange gratitude filled in my soul for all those fiat engineers. it was almost 8 minutes i was still there . i moved on to road. the weather was cool so i opened the window. i felt heavenly with cool wind kissing me constantly.
i concentranted on undulations of road which i constantly felt on steering- nil , nothing reached the cabin everything was absorbed by; thanks to that amazing suspensions. 50kmph in fifth gear . that was cool sedate drive in morning. and i was very much pleased to be on the move.
i felt a bit confused as road ahead and behind both are never ending-which side?
i turned and headed to the highway bypass straight 4 km road newly built good for short fast drives.
i was about to touch the bypass when i heard a honk- a toyota innova. i knew that car and the guy too . he is a race boy with an innova, red mod swift and pulsar 180 . he passed me swiftily . some thoughts came in my mind ,suddenly i downshifted and floored the accelerator.he was already 100mtrs away by now. i pushed my punto and realized i was gaining on him i peeped into speedo it was already 120 and going up whow!! ...130....135......i was getting closer and closer ....i think he realized my intentions and pushed . i smiled and thought i am just only halfway i pushed again 140 .... tailgating him for a couple of seconds i realized he was almost out of breath. i pushed accelerator little deeper 145...150 + i joined parallel to him( punto had much much more left).....he might have felt real pain......i slowed down!!!!!!!!!
generally i dont like to overtake and be first rather i love tail gating and scare from behind (maybe not a good attitude but only with those race heads) i slowed down and continued with morning ride little later after a turning i saw the innova also in slow move. may be he was also having a "morning ride" but i might have spoiled his day. i felt sorry for for him.
maybe some other time he should come out with his red gizmo looking swift and we should give a try.
i was on the move with lot many thoughts when i felt a bit hot. it was almost 8am and sun was on my face i pulled up the windows and turned on one of favorite;the killer..er..chiller ac .
traffic was building up slowly and i was almost in the city limits. i downshifted to 3rd gear and let punto control the torque part. it was freely revving with my feet liberally placed anywhere but not on any of the paddles. i love it.( i wished to install semi automatic sensors for steering controls so i can keep my hands also free, i wondered if such accessories exist in known world.)
the good and most lovely part of punto is- no judder or jerks in slow rpms or low speed. so apparently no strain to engine as it has a huge torque . comparitively vista with same engine used to get strained a little but here probably due to right kind of gear ratios punto behaves well mannered and at ease. the point is it is fantastic for city rides . as everybody else out there and me too hate driving in city but with punto stress levels and noise is much much lower.
finally there was the age old call of nature
and i was feeling hungry. it was early morning i left and covered 22km. so i turned back to where i started;home.it was almost 9am.
i reached home and was about to turn the key off suddenly a voice in my head"spare a minute for her!!!!"
i smiled and let her idle for a while. then turned off. opened the door and felt i should not come out of punto it is so damn hot outside. while getting inside my home i looked at it again-tempting it is to get in and go somewhere for long long drive. the small car having a cozy comfort and exceptional ride i dont want to miss it.
while in home having breakfast i pondered ,why so much people argue about fit and finish and say that overall fiat is below par. for me it is excellent package. i do agree there is little bit of plastic mismatch but on contrary to that it is well built and rattle free .
for above thought i got two answers
1. probably enthusiasts are pushing fiat to come up with first class product which should be miles ahead of any other car as punto already is leading on many aspect since two years.
2.probably many people are jealous and trying to establish monopoly by showing thumbs down to competitive brands and claiming fiat as garbage.
ps: after driving this much in punto i have reached to a conclusion that fiat is acting much smarter than we thought.
fiat realized if they act only for the enthusiasts as everywhere else in globe they would soon need to pack up from india. they realized india does not need 100bhp dasher but fuel efficient car to appeal for masses. on the other hand fiat is not at all willing to compromise their stand on built quality either to produce cheap rattling toys.rather they are looking forward to establish themselves as iconic brand andwill probably unleash those tempting beasts with 1.6 and 1.9 engines in near future.linea t-jet gave me first indication!!!!!!!!! and it is tempting me too much.