Performance kits in the pipeline for some Alfa models; Fiat Abarth range set to expand

Abarth is to start producing performance kits for Alfa Romeo.

The classic Italian tuning brand was brought back to life by Fiat in 2008 and since then its products, based on the 500 and Punto, have sold around 22,000 units. But now the firm’s sales and marketing boss, Antonino Labate, has revealed that it is planning to broaden its scope to include selected Alfa products.

“The brand is doing so well that we plan to start producing more performance kits for Fiats, and even some Alfa Romeo models,” he told Autocar.

"We won’t be working with the Mito since Alfa already has the Cloverleaf, but there are lots of other possibilities.”

Labate also confirmed that Abarth will bring a stand-alone model to market within the next two years. The car is expected to be a rival for the Mazda MX-5, but he denied speculation that Lotus is involved in its development.

However, before that car appears, the marque is set to introduce hot Esseesse versions of its new Punto Evo Abarth and 500C models, both due in November this year.

The 1.4-litre turbocharged Multiair Punto Evo will receive upgrades boosting power from the standard car’s 163bhp to over 180bhp. Stiffer suspension and uprated brakes will also be included in the Esseesse package.

The Abarth 500C, which uses a 138bhp, non-Multiair 1.4-litre turbocharged engine, will be upgraded to 157bhp to bring it in line with the current 500 Esseesse hatchback. It will also get a faster-shifting version of the five-speed MTA automatic gearbox.

\Other upgrades due to be introduced to the Abarth range over the next two years include a dual-clutch gearbox for the Punto and Multiair engines for the 500.

Expect the Punto Evo and 500C Esseesse models to cost around £19,000 and £20,000 respectively.

Vicky Parrott

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29 June 2010

Sounds good but 19-20K for a 500/Punto is steep. I would prefer the brand sticking to Fiats and let Alfa run with the Cloverleaf as it's high performance arm but with so many companies sharing platforms/engines etc. crossover is inevitable.

29 June 2010

Scorpio and The Snake,can it go together?

29 June 2010

Well there is 'previous' between Abarth and Alfa. Carlo worked some of his magic on 60's Alfas as well as Fiat 500's. A tad concerned that damper upgrades may take the form of the Ess Ess 500 approach - stiffer than a stiff thing. Alfas suspension boss has already gone on record as saying that's not a good way of doing things.

I suppose the ideal 'Performance division' would have been to reintroduce Autodelta. Fabled reputation under Chiti, the original GTA successes and what have you. Own badge.

But of course they can't as it's already being used in the UK to do what Alfa should have been doing all along.

Maybe Alfa should follow Mercs example and do a buyout, AMG style.

29 June 2010

Autodelta is a great shout some lovely stuff on the website and an Alfa buyout would be great but they still need to get their house in order first.

http://www.autodelta.co.uk/

29 June 2010

If Alfa Romeo and Arbarth are combining, I'm guessing that Alfa were not very impressed with ProDrive's tweak of the Brera?

The comments section needs a makeover... how about a forum??

29 June 2010

"Arbarth"? what about Alpha ?

It would appear that the writer did not want to like the car. Why is this ? 

29 June 2010

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