Fiat India, on the sidelines of Abarth 5595 Competizione's launch, has also unveiled the keenly-awaited Abarth Punto. the company went ahead and further revealed that Abarth Punto would be launched around Diwali in November. In addition, the Italian automajor said that Abarth version of Avventura would be launched in early 2016. For those asking, both the Abarth models of Punto and Avventura would be locally manufactured in India at fiat's Rajangaon plant.
The Abarth Punto has been spied several times undisguised as test mule on the Indian roads. The cosmetic changes aren't too many between Fiat Punto Evo and the Abarth version of the same. Few prominent changes are Scorpion-shaped alloy wheels, sporty decals, Abarth badging, etc. to mention a few. The interior cabin of the Abarth Punto would be identical to the top-spec Punto Evo, save for a couple of subtle changes. The all-black interior cabin is carried over from the standard model, albeit with changed upholstery, comprising of red and yellow stitching. Also, as evident, the Fiat symbols are replaced by the Abarth's Scorpion-shaped badges.
Mechanically, it would be powered by Linea's 1.4L T-Jet engine. This engine churns out 114bhp of power with Linea, but the folks at the company have retuned the engine to get a thumping power output of 145bhp. The suspensions are modified as well, while the ground clearance has been decreased by 20mm. And, the decrease in ride height has resulted into big gap between the tyres and wheel arches. Also, the stance ain't that sporty that one would have hoped for. There would be improved and updated disc brakes at the front, while drum brakes would do duties at the rear. It is being learnt that Fiat is intending to target masses through Abarth Punto and hence an aggressive pricing is on cards. Expect the Abarth Punto to cost below Rs. 10 Lakhs.