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Fiat Cinquecento Sporting: Cheap, Awful, and not Sporting

Few weeks ago I traveled to Poland to see my father and spend some time with my extended family and some old friends. I also met up with my auto-jornalist friend Zbigniew Lomnik, also known as Zlomnik, also known by his real name, Tymon Grabowski. I have referenced his site many times on Redusernab. In addition to running his own ,  , and a , he writes for a major Polish automotive print magazine. 

When I told him that I was coming to Poland he right away said that we’re going to do a video review of a cheap crap car. I immediately opposed to it. I don’t do video. I don’t like the sound of my voice and I don’t like how I look. I get nervous and uncomfortable. No, no way in hell was a doing a video with him. Nope. No video!

So we shot a video review of a Fiat Cinquecento Sporting. It was actually a lot of fun. Except that in addition to not liking how I look or sound, I was very hungover, often lacking the right words. And I didn’t have any coffee that morning. And I was speaking Polish for the days prior; for some reason the transition between the languages makes my voice even worse. 

The $200 Cinquecento Sporting wasn’t totally horrible. Body panels didn’t match, it was bady rusted, things weren’t working, it pulled to the left and to the right (never seen that before), and the brakes didn’t exist. It felt quick but it wasn’t. I realized just how slow it was when I could not keep with the VW Golf TDI video car. But I did manage to spin the wheels, which meant the clutch was good. But it didn’t crap out, it just kept going…

 

  • HCOTY.

  • mseoul

    Bravo Bravo! To you both!

    If I may slightly dispute the truly esteemed Pan Grabowski though, might the 127p have been Poland’s very first made in country sports car?

  • wunno sev

    “so the Sporting differs a lot from the regular Cinquecento. it had a Sporting badge.”

    kamil! you look and sound great!

    • crank_case

      That made me chuckle too. 🙂

      I think he’s referring to Polish market cars when Zbigniew says lesser versions only had carbs, according to a Polish friend of mine, there were polish market cars that used 700cc Fiat 126 2cylinder engines. UK/Irish market cars had EFI on the basic 899cc SX versions, like the one I owned for about a month as a stop gap.

      The Sporting was only “sporting” in the sense of being a bit faster and grippier than the pensioner spec SX, in reality it was level pegging with stuff like the non-sport Ford Ka or which had a more sophisticated chassis and better steering. Still, they have a lot of charm. I kinda think the SX is the pick, you’re not going fast, but at least it rides like a 2CV and no-one will steal it.

    • Thanks!