As Fiat has launched Abarth 595 Competizione it has taken the opportunity to reveal the much awaited Abarth Punto Evo as well. The performance version of the Fiat Abarth Punto Evo is pegged as a car for the masses because it is expected to be priced under 10 Lakh. It may launch in festival season in India, though the car looks similar to the Punto EVO, the dash of orange or red indicates towards the serious intent of this car. The initial pictures of the insides reveal that the car is featuring manual transmission, thanks to Fiat for not putting an automatic.
Engine and Transmission of Fiat Abarth Punto Evo
Fiat Abarth Punto Evo is powered by the popular 1.4 litre T-Jet engine that Fiat has been offering in its C-segment sedan Linea. Only this one is tuned to breath out 145 horses and a torque that could easily rate over 195 Nm. This, will take you to 0-100 in under 10 seconds, but only if you skill fully shift the 5-Speed manual gearbox. This also makes the Abarth Punto the only true hot hatch in this particular segment.
All-wheel disc brakes, a ride height lowered by 20 mm, stiffer suspension setting and 16-inch wheels wrapped in 195/55 section tires complete the technical chages.
Exterior of Fiat Abarth Punto Evo
Fiat Abarth Punto Evo exterior is made to look sporty and performance-oriented, there really is not much to differentiate the hot hatch from the top-end Punto variant currently on sale. Look closely though and you will notice the absence of the Fiat badge. There is not one Fiat badge on the entire car; the only logos seen are the Scorpion logos belonging to Abarth, and then there is the contrasting horizontal slat on the front grille, red ORVMs, side decals and sporty-looking alloys.
Fiat Abarth Punto Evo comes with a 16-inch diamond cut alloys wheels could be seen with beefier 195/55 R16 tyres. Orange garnishes are all around the bodywork on this one-off graphite matt coloured car and adding the extra menace to it.The car is reportedly dropped down by 10-20 mm. This means, still the ground clearance is a healthy 160+ mm, which is more for a performance car but good when considering our road conditions.
Interior of Fiat Abarth Punto Evo
The changes on the inside are even fewer, retaining the Punto 90HP’s all-black cabin colour, but swapping the Fiat badge for an Abarth one. The fabric upholstery is a bit different, and gets some racy looking contrast stitching in red and yellow – the Abarth colours – which really liven it up. The Fiat Abarth Punto Evo also gets sportier steel pedals, and there don’t appear to be any changes to the equipment list over the regular car.
At last I would Like say that, the Fiat Abarth Punto Evo once launched will be the first true hot hatch in the country. It is the model that is likely to bring performance to the masses provided that Fiat can price it aggressively, taking advantage of the Punto’s fully localized body and interior. What all of you think? Please make your comment.