Fiat introduced the high performance Abarth brand in India and the first product which was launched was the Abarth 595 Competizione. This is a high performance variant of the standard 2 door Fiat500 and is priced at around 29.85 Lakhs in India.

Now for those who loved this hatchback but backed out because of its steep pricing, won’t have to get disappointed because Fiat will also be launching the high performance variant of their existing Fiat Punto hatchback which will be priced much lower than the premium Fiat 595 Competizione.

To begin with let’s just say you might not be too impressed with the visual upgrades that it has received on its exterior as well as interior, but what it does get is a 1.4 Litre T-Jet engine under its hood which also powers the Linea sedan. Now here is the fun part the engine has been tuned to generate more power and torque, as a result of all that tuning, this engine will now produce about 145 Hp of peak power and 195 Nm of torque. That is an insane amount of power considering the size and weight of that hatchback. To do more justice to the engine this particular unit will be mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox, if driven with skills this hatchback will have the capability of sprinting from 0-100 km/h mark in under 10 seconds.

Coming to the exterior styling, well there isn’t much to really boast about, however it does get some cosmetic changes to differentiate it from the regular hatch. For instance, the Fiat Abarth Punto gets stylish 16 inch alloy wheels with the Scorpion logo on them; the front grille also gets contrast colors to them which makes it stand out amongst the crowd. Just like the 595 Competizione, the Abarth Punto too gets sporty decals towards the lower half of the side profile which also happens to be the signature styling of the Abarth brand. The last and the most surprising change is that the Abarth Punto does not get any Fiat badge anywhere on the outside as well inside the hatch, all the Fiat logo is actually replaced by the Abarth badges.

Fiat Abarth Punto: Things You Want To Know Exterior
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Fiat Abarth Punto: Things You Want To Know Exterior
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Fiat Abarth Punto: Things You Want To Know Exterior
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Talking about the interiors, the Abarth Punto gets contrast stitching finished in red and yellow on the seat upholstery, it also gets sportier steel pedals but unfortunately the instrument cluster has not received any changes nor there is any other added equipments available with the hatch.

Fiat also said that they have stiffened the suspension setup of the hatch but its ground clearance has not been messed with and thus it still retains the 160 mm ground clearance as you will find with the standard Punto hatchback. To handle all that power this car also need an improved stopping power and for that the Punto Abarth gets disc brakes towards the rear wheels also along with the front wheels.

Fiat Abarth Punto: Things You Want To Know Exterior
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We expect Fiat to launch some sporty colors when they finally launch the Abarth Punto here. The Fiat Abarth Punto will compete directly against the VW Polo GT TSIwhich actually produces much lesser power compared to the soon to be launched Punto Abarth.

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Riju Ganguly
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