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Offline John501

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The Myth about Esse Esse kits
« on: October 26, 2008, 11:42:14 am »
After reading several other forums, there seems to be a general sense out there that an Esse Esse kit is not value for money.
I feel that I need to put this myth to bed. I would suggest that the people that are writing these comments have never seen, driven or even come close to a kit on or off a car.
Firstly, the full Esse Esse kit comprises of 108 separate parts and takes 11 hours to fit. If you where to buy the parts separately, it would cost you more than if you bought the kit and had it fitted.
Secondly, the kit changes the characteristics of the car completley. At this moment, I have only driven an Esse Esse on the track, but it was an amazing drive.
I would suggest to any one that is thinking of an Abarth to make sure they drive BOTH cars. I would think by now that all 10 dealers should have an Esse Esse as demo.
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    Re: The Myth about Esse Esse kits
    « Reply #1 on: October 26, 2008, 11:05:04 pm »
    I know you are a business man and of course its your living to talk up your product, but I have to say I agree.

    There is much talk on certain forums on this subject, both on the 'base' cars themselves and of the kit, and at the end of the day people have to decide if the upgrades are worth the money to them. But a good proportion of posts I've seen on the subject have been totally dismissive, certainly revolving around the price. Sure, its a fair wad of cash, but BMW's Works and John Cooper Works kits for the MINI have been very popular, despite the costs. The non-BMW tuning industry for the MINI has been a big success along side this, and those kits can be cheaper but also much more expensive than the price Abarth are asking for the esseesse.

    I suspect there will be a slight shift in opinion once the kits hit the dealer cars and word of mouth spread, but we'll see. 180bhp + all the other bits and bobs isn't bad for a £17k car, you'd need another 3 for a Civic Type R and another 5 or so something like a Golf GTI. The Clio 197 and its variants (Cup, et all) are closer in price and segment to the Punto, and thats up on power and is a great drive it has to be said, yet the Abarth Punto is an interesting alternative so I hope it does well.

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    Re: The Myth about Esse Esse kits
    « Reply #2 on: October 29, 2008, 08:55:33 pm »
    Can you tell me John whether the Esseesse kit does something to improve the unresponsive steering?  I find the Sports button makes the steering horrible and vague especially on motorways.

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    Re: The Myth about Esse Esse kits
    « Reply #3 on: October 30, 2008, 09:26:52 am »
    It makes no difference to the steering at all. Infact with the kit installed, the only function of the sport button is to change the steering pressure.
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    Re: The Myth about Esse Esse kits
    « Reply #4 on: October 30, 2008, 11:26:06 am »
    Ok.  Well that's not too bad then.  I can leave the steering on as normal.

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    Re: The Myth about Esse Esse kits
    « Reply #5 on: November 04, 2008, 06:33:37 pm »
    It makes no difference to the steering at all. Infact with the kit installed, the only function of the sport button is to change the steering pressure.

    it changes the accelerator response too.

    explains a few things.....  :D