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Fiat Grande Punto Abarth news - Geneva show: Fiat Grande Punto Abarth - 2007
the volume of Friends Reunited-inspired divorces will attest, re-igniting
trysts from the past can be a messy business. But we’ve got a good feeling
about the newly rekindled romance between Fiat and Abarth.
behind the obligatory bimbo is the Grande Punto Abarth, one of our favourite
bits of metal to come out of Geneva.
the first modern Fiat to get the Abarth treatment, although the partnership is
promising more to come.
with a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the Punto Abarth will deliver
150bhp - or 155bhp if you fill up with super unleaded.
that sounds a little tame, you’ll be able to lay your hands on an aftermarket
booster kit that will pump the power up to 180bhp.
no word on performance yet, but Fiat says that Punto Abarth is all about
affordable thrills for young drivers, which would indicate that it won’t slot
into scorchingly hot hatch territory.
matter though - if Fiat can recapture the joie de vivre of
the Abarth models of old, this could represent the rekindling of a beautiful,
also unveiled the S2000, a rally version of the Punto Abarth. A development of
the car that won the 2006 Italian Rally Championship, the S2000 has a
normally-aspirated two-litre engine putting out 270bhp through all four wheels.