GT TSi badged VW Polos should start getting a little worried now, as clear images of the highly anticipated Fiat Punto Evo Abarth hot hatchback have surfaced. After yesterday’s blurry spy shots, these images, taken by myfiatworld member “Red Beluga” show the undisguised baby scorpion in Himachal Pradesh, undergoing fine tuning of it’s uprated mechanicals.
With 135 bhp on tap, the Fiat Punto Evo Abarth will become the most powerful production hatchback in the country, this side of a Mercedes A Class/BMW 1 Series. It uses the 1.4 liter, T-Jet, turbocharged petrol engine, borrowed from the Linea, where it makes 113 bhp.
To make it a complete driver’s package, Fiat have stiffened up the suspension, while disc brakes on all four corners will ensure rapid deceleration.
Unofficial facts and figures include the addition of a new, 6-speed manual transmission (!), a lighter kerb weight of 1110 kg, and 225/45R17 Pirelli tires wrapped around 17 inch alloy wheels, with an Abarth specific “scorpion claw” design, the latter being evident from the spy image.
The exteriors will carry Abarth stripes on the sides, Abarth/T-Jet badges, the aforementioned wheels, ORVMs in contrast color and a meatier exhaust pipe. From the looks of it, the interiors will benefit from aluminum pedals and contrast stitching on the seats. Leather may or may not be offered.
An Abarth Avventura is also on the cards, while the Abarth brand is expected to launch in August, with the bonkers 595 Competizione as the halo car.
The Avventura Abarth and the Punto Evo Abarth will be manufactured at the Fiat India’s Ranjangaon plant, whereas the 595 will be imported via the CBU route.