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Fiat Punto news - Frankfurt show: Fiat Grande Punto Abarth SS and S2000 - 2007

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The Scorpion is well and truly back. This is the
Fiat Grande Punto Abarth SS and, for something that’s little more than a
hotted-up Punto, it’s one of our favourite cars at Frankfurt.  

Just look at it. Look at those red-hued air intakes, look at
the cheeky Italian colours poking out from under the bonnet, look at those
skinny 12-spoke alloys. In short, it looks simply awesome.

The Punto Abarth has just gone on sale in Italy, but this
hotter version ups the power game to bring the Abarth in line with the current
generation of hot superminis.

The 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine now puts out 180bhp, 30bhp
up on the non-SS Abarth. The non-SS will hit 62mph in 8.2 seconds, so expect
this one to a good bit quicker.

On the inside, it’s a pleasingly overstated effort, with
masses of red trim, race harnesses and a fur-and-aluminium gear level. Best of
all, there’s a big turbo gauge in the middle of the centre console. The world
needs more big turbo gauges. 

Alongside the Abarth SS on the Fiat stand lurks the Punto Abarth
S2000 - a racing version of the Punto that’s currently competing in the Italian
Rally championship.

Adorned with masses of decals, catches and aero-bits, it’s
hardly a subtle effort, but we still want one. Especially with the 2.0-litre,
270bhp engine powering all four wheels. Magnifico.

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