Hotten Up the Hatches: Fiat's Abarth-tuned Punto on the Way

Quick history: Before Fiat bought Abarth in 1971 as an in-house tuning shop, the motorsports firm that bore the name of Viennese car tweaker Karl "Carlo" Abarth, began transforming modest Fiat 600s into racing legends as far back as the 1950s. Now, as we gleaned from Fiat Group's product plan leaked late last year, the company's planning to revive its Abarth tuners, starting with the Grande Punto and extending to the new 500 subcompact. Now, AutoExpress reports the Abarth Punto will be a full-on hot hatch, inspired by the company's rally program, with a twin-turbo mill producing around 200 hp. Expect a Geneva debut.

Punto Abarth warming up [AutoExpress]

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Fiat Group's Product Plan Leaked: New Alfa Romeo Models, Abarth's Return [internal]