Locomotive Thrust

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VIVEK VENUGOPAL

February 13

Remember the old Fabia 1.4TDI with the three cylinder Pumpe Düse lump? It wasn’t the best diesel engine in its day, so what is it doing here today? Well, Arch Antony’s Fabia is proof that, with a bit of taste, you can turn around any car and make it better.

Styling is helped of course by the Bilstein B14 coilveors and by those cool AG Forge 17 inch rims in custom metallic grey. The roof has been given the carbon fibre vinyl treatment like the new RS version sold abroad. Mesh grille and bumper extensions add to the look, but it is the two piece side skirts that attract attention first.

Performance is much more acceptable with the Pete’s remap and if you drown the clatter with some loud music, it feels fast too. Drivability issues that plagued this engine are all gone and in its place there is a considerable slug of torque from idle. And once you cross 2100rpm, it starts pulling like a locomotive – not something you expect from a non CRDI motor. The improvements are so good, I could I could only wish VW had stuck with Pumpe Düse technology and tried making it better.

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