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Fiat Punto Abarth unveiled officially; launch by October

Fiat Punto Abarth India (1) side

To be launched around Diwali as the second Abarth offering in the country.

Fiat Punto Abarth for India has been officially unveiled at Buddh International Circuit today on the sidelines of the Italian performance brand’s sales debut in the country. The first offering is 595 Competizione which packs in 158 bhp and sets you back by INR 29.85 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Fiat Punto Abarth India (1) side

Fiat Punto Abarth packs in a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

Punto Abarth seen here is specifically developed for the Indian market. Visually, there isn’t much to set the hot hatchback apart from its civilized sibling. Exclusive elements include contrast horizontal slats on the front grille, secondary air dam and rear bumper, red ORVMs, side decals, new sporty alloy wheels and signature scorpion badges.

Inside, the full black color theme of 90 HP Punto diesel variant has been carried forward but Fiat logo is replaced by the scorpion badge. The slightly revised seat fabrics benefit from contrast red and yellow stitching (trademark Abarth colors). Machined pedals are the other noteworthy items in the cabin.

While cosmetic changes are minimal, changes under the hood are extensive. The hot hatchback is powered by a pumped up version of Linea’s 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine which is expected to produce 145 HP and around 200 Nm of torque. Transmission is a 5-speed manual unit.

Fiat Punto Abarth India (3) rear three quarter

The suspension is stiffened and ride height is reduced by 20 mm in enhance dynamics.

In order to handle the added power, Fiat has stiffened the suspension and lowered the ride height by 20 mm. However, the wheels remain as 16-inchers which are wrapped in 195/55-R16 rubbers from Apollo.

Fiat is expected to launch Punto Abarth by October this year. The go-faster version of Avventura which was also spotted testing alongside its hatchback sibling is expected to be launched a few months down the line.



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Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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  • PI

    this is not 135 but 145hp/150ps in normal fuel and 155ps in high octane

    • Back in 2014, we were the first to break the news on Abarth Punto and Abarth Avventura.

      We have re-confirmed with our source. It is 135, and not 145.

      • PI

        then Why Fiat officials at Abarth launch were saying its the original 150ps T jet engine

      • PI

        Ok,,, U guys should check your facts first,,,,, I love Rushlane but overconfident is something,,errr,, u know ,….

        Here is the link for the Video ,,.. Kevin Flynn himself saying about 145bhp Punto Abarth for India

        • Thanks for sharing the video. We have the updated the story for now.

          • PI

            U guys updated ,,, i was expecting moderated :)……. now do one thing ,,, your source need little bit of classy act

          • Source still maintains its 135. Cant say more for time being.

          • PI

            your source cannot exceed Kevin Flynn knowledge about Fiat

          • Correct, he has to be right.

          • PI

            U guys updated ,,, i was expecting moderated :)……. now do one thing ,,, your source need little bit of classy act