The recently unveiled Punto Abarth is not really a true-blue Abarth although you have to give it to Fiat India for being at the forefront of affordable performance motoring...
Fiat Abarth Punto
Fiat Abarth Punto Review
Fiat launched the Abarth Punto for the Indian market, bringing in the most powerful and even the quickest hatchback in the segment. The Abarth Punto is the powerful version of the standard Punto Evo hatchback on sale now. The biggest difference between the regular hatchback and the Abarth Punto is that the latter gets a more powerful engine providing enthusiasts a good option to choose from amongst the few segment rivals.
In terms of overall design, the Abarth Punto does not get a major cosmetic makeover from the current model of the hatchback. The minimal changes include new paint scheme, an Abarth logo in place of the Fiat logo and T-Jet badging. The other cosmetic changes include a Scorpion decal and a red Abarth stickering at the sides to set it apart from the regular Punto Evo hatchback. The Abarth Punto features red coloured ORVMs and a new pattern for the alloy wheels.
The interior of the Abarth Punto also gets some minor changes to differentiate it from the current Punto Evo hatchback. The FIAT logo on the steering wheel is replaced by the Abarth logo and the instrument cluster also gets an 'Abarth' badging in the centre. The cabin also features new sporty pedals and comes with different seats with coloured stitching. The remaining layout and equipment list is the same as the regular model of the hatchback.
Engine and gearbox
The Punto Evo currently gets two petrol mills. The base version is the 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine producing 67bhp while the higher spec is a 1.4-litre four-pot motor producing 89bhp. On the other hand, the T-Jet engine powering the Abarth Punto is a four-cylinder 1.4-litre mill that produces 140bhp and 200Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. The car gets a lowered ride height, disc brakes on all wheels and a stiffer suspension making it hit all the right chords.
Price and competition
The Abarth Punto is priced at Rs 9.95 lakh, exactly what the top-of-the-line naturally aspirated version costs. This hot hatch rivals the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI in the Indian market.
Fiat Abarth Punto Colours
Abarth Punto is available/sold in the following colours in India.
Hip hop black
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