Just a few weeks back we brought you the news of 6 friends buying a Fiat Punto Abarth each and taking delivery on the same day. Well, it seems like auto enthusiasts have emerged from a deep slumber after the unofficial news of FCA leaving India. The city of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu saw the delivery of as many as 11 Punto Abarths on the same day. That’s probably a record in India. In fact, as many as 16 Punto Abarths were booked on during this time period but due to low availability, all of them could not be delivered at the same time. As seen in the pictures below, all the cars carry the same black paint job with red detailing.
A total of 11 Punto Abarths and one Linea was delivered on the same day while the remaining cars will be delivered at a later date. To let you know, Fiat was already offering massive discounts on the car due to its low sales. All these cars got a discount of nearly a whopping Rs. 3 lakh on their price, which is a big sum to say the least. The actual price of the Punto Abarth is 9.82 lakhs (ex-showroom, Coimbatore) and with Rs. 3 lakh discount applied, it gets down to Rs. 6.82 lakhs.
Unlike the Pune guys, who were all a group of friends that pre-planned their booking and delivery, all the 11 owners here are different and not acquaintances. The bookings were not done in a day but were spread over a period of about 60 days, which makes it an even bigger feat. The delivery was orchestrated by the dealership, which is SR Tranzcars, Coimbatore. All the cars delivered are 2018 make models, which is another reason for the high discount. Also, one of the 11 cars was taken by the customers immediately and that’s the reason the photos here contain only 10 cars.
The white colour option on the Punto Abarth is no longer available and that’s the reason for all the cars being specced similarly. It is one of the best hot hatches in the country right now and also the most powerful hatchback under Rs. 10 lakh. The car could not get very popular in India due to its high price and enthusiast focus. If you want to buy one, this is the right time as the company is offering big discounts on the car right now.
Talking about the car, the Fiat Abarth Punto is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an intercooler. The engine pumps out a healthy power output of 145 bhp along with a peak torque of 212 Nm. The engine comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The Punto Abarth can reach 0-100 km/h in just 9.3 seconds, which is pretty quick for a car under Rs. 10 lakh price mark. To let you know, Fiat has re-tuned a lot of other mechanicals for the Punto Abarth in order to give it a proper sporty nature. The best part, one can still ride over pothole-ridden roads and step on the throttle whenever one wants.
According to a few reports, Fiat is planning to leave India, though Jeep will remain available as the Compass is performing quite good. This has not been confirmed by the company as of yet but it is offering big discounts on the Punto Abarth to clear stock, as the car was a slow seller appealing mostly to enthusiasts. In the end, whether Fiat maybe leaving India or not, the delivery of these 11 Abarths together would surely have put a smile on the faces of Fiat boffins.