Initially, the Contessa was launched with a 1.5L Petrol engine which produced 50hp with a 4-speed transmission. The engine was borrowed from the Ambassador. The car had a mere top speed of 125km/hr. People went gaga over the ride of the car but were disappointed by the engine`s performance.
By the late eighties, HM tied up with ISUZU and started producing their 1.8L petrol engine which produced 86hp with a 5-speed transmission. This sorted out the Achilles Heel of the Contessa i.e. Performance. Due to the rising cost of petrol, HM launched a Diesel variant of the car. It was a 2.0L Isuzu diesel engine. Towards the end of the production, HM launched a Turbo Diesel variant also. Isuzu motors had a decent pickup and performance as compared to the 1.5L petrol motor.
Interior & Exterior
The interior of the Contessa was leaps and bounds better than the likes of its competitors. Initially, the car was a bare bone yet spacious but HM frequently gave updates to the interior of the Contessa like A/C, Power Windows and Privacy Glass at the rear, Power Steering, Wooden Dashboard, Better quality of seats. The front passenger seat could be folded flat which meant the boss sitting at the rear could put his feet upon just like an airline first class seat.
Suspension & Brakes
Written by Gautam V Arora
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