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21 May 2012

Fiat Punto gets a Sport variant

And it gets launched at the spanking new Fiat Caffé in Pune

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Fiat is surely picking up its game this month. First there was the announcement of the Tata-Fiat split, following which, we heard about them warming up to their old 'PAL', Premier. And now Pune gets a brand new Fiat Caffé.

As the name suggests the Fiat Caffé is not exactly a showroom, but it does have a range of Fiat vehicles on display and available for test drive. You can also browse through Fiat’s history, pick up original Fiat merchandise or simply sit back, relax and sip on some Italian wine.

It’s the country’s second Fiat Caffé (the first one opened up in Delhi a while ago) and world’s 12th. India is the only country which gets two of these Caffés. Recently, after the Fiat-Tata split, Fiat also opened up its first exclusive dealership in Hyderabad.

Like all of this wasn’t enough to raise a toast at the new Caffé, they also launched a new version of the Punto — the Punto Sport.

No, it's not what you think. The Punto Sport sports the already-in-use 1.3-litre Multijet diesel that puts out 90bhp under its hood; no mechanical difference here. What’s new is, chrome touches on the inside with red stitching on seats, gear knob and gear cover, sportier pedals. On the outside, it gets an Abarth-like sticker job on the sides with colour coded ORVMs, chrome exhaust tip and Sport branding at the back.

The stickering certainly makes the already nice looking car look better. Remember? It was TG’s ‘The most beautiful car of the year’ in 2009.

If you live in Mumbai you’d had to shell out Rs 7.58 lakh to own this one. And if you’re in Delhi or Pune, this one will be yours for Rs 7.36 lakh. (all prices ex-showroom)

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