Hot Punto Evo Abarth also revealed - both models at Geneva
3 March 2010

Fiat has launched Abarth versions of the 500C and Punto Evo at the Geneva motor show.

Power for the Abarth 500C comes from 138bhp, 152lb ft 1.4-litre T-Jet engine, and a six-speed automated manual gearbox with paddle shifters will be standard. It can get from 0-62mph in 7.9sec and reach a top speed of 127mph.

An upgraded Fiat 500 Esseesse model is also being developed, but will not be initially available.

Powering the Abarth Punto Evo is a 161bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged Multiair engine and a 178bhp Esseesse version will be available from launch. The standard car can get from 0-62mph in 7.5sec and go on to reach a top speed of 133mph.

A stop-start system is fitted as standard. Combined fuel economy is 47mpg and it's CO2 emission are 142g/km.

Both new Abarth models will go on sale later this year, although pricing has yet to be revealed.

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24 February 2010

The Punto is a bit lairy but it is still likeable.

Where has all Japanese design went to?

24 February 2010

The 500 looks like a cheeky little thing. Both looko like sales success' to me.

24 February 2010

The 500 looks great but it's a shame they didn't put the MultiAir engine in the 500. That could become a real rival for the MINI JCW and upcoming DS3 Sport.

The main thing is, have Fiat managed to make these cars ride and handle? If they get to even 80% of the capability of their rivals at Renault they will have done well as the last generation of these cars failed in this area, which is a shame as looks wise, they are superb.

24 February 2010

Nice. The Punto is starting to look kinda horny to me - I'm not sure how it does it, but it has some vague essence of 131 Abarth - something aboout the stance / proportions.. And it comes with a Manual Box.

Tough luck VW, there was a new Polo GTi on my letter to Santa, now there's not...

24 February 2010

Why no front view of the Punto? Is it so abhorrent to the eyes that you turn to stone when faced with it?

24 February 2010

I don`t really like this version of the Abarth 500.I think Hamann made a better looking car.

About the Punto, it looks amazing and i can`t wait to put my hand on one of those.

Anonymous

24 February 2010

I really like the upper part of the car matching the hood, the Abarth 500s get some excellent colours too. Originally I thought an Abarth 500C was a strange idea, but this looks great.

25 February 2010

I too would like to see if the Abarth Punto looks any better from the front than the Fiat version. But in every other resect in sounds good, and it looks good from the angles its been photographed.

The 500 colour scheme works well. But is there really a demand for these automated manual boxes? surely a conventional auto or even a cvt would work better if you cant opperate a clutch.

3 March 2010

Has the instrument binnacle changed on the 500 or is it like that on all the C editions?

Where has all Japanese design went to?

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