Fiat has launched hardcore Abarth Esseesse versions of the Punto Evo and 500C at the Paris motor show.
The Esseesse kits boost power and performance without increasing CO2 emissions or fuel consumption and also include styling changes and chassis tweaks.
Power from the Abarth Punto Evo’s 1.4-litre turbocharged Multiair engine is increased in the Esseesse model to 178bhp, while torque is boosted to 199lb ft.
These figures compare to the 161bhp and 184lb ft produced in the standard car. The car can get from 0-62mph in 7.5sec and reach a top speed of 134mph.
The car is finished in special Campovolo Grey paintwork. It also gets titanium-coloured 18-inch alloy wheels, special leather seats and a sat-nav system.
In the Abarth 500C, the Esseesse kit boosts power from 133bhp to 158bhp and torque is increased from 152lb ft to 170lb ft.
These changes help cut the car’s 0-62mph time to 7.6sec and enable it to reach a top speed of 130mph. Special features include a Record Monza exhaust silencer that enhances the engine sound above 4000rpm.
The car’s two-tone livery features a Campovolo Grey and Pista Grey finish. It also gets the sat-nav from the Punto Evo.
Both cars will go on sale in the UK soon.