Abarth's esseesse tuning kit for the Punto Evo will cost around £3000

Fiat tuning company Abarth has launched the Abarth Punto Evo esseesse.

The performance kit raises the standard car’s turbocharged 1.4-litre engine output to 178bhp and adds styling tweaks inside and out.

See a pic of the Abarth Punto Evo esseesse

Under the bonnet, the esseesse gets an upgraged ECU, giving the revised car a 0-60mph sprint time of 7.5sec and a top speed of 134mph, according to the company. Fuel economy figures have been rated at 47.1mpg with a Co2 figure of 142g/km.

Power is driven through the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, including Abarth’s transfer switch to choose between ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’.

Other changes to the hot Punto include fully floating self-ventilated front discs, with cross drilled discs at the rear.

Ivan Gibson head of Abarth said: “The Abarth Punto Evo already has a winning combination of great looks, technology and high performance.

“Now the esseesse conversion will take it to an extra level for customers wishing to realise their car’s full potential.”

The esseesse kit adds a premium of £3000 to the standard car’s £16,852 price tag.

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