Fiat India has ushered in a new era of hot hatchbacks for the car market here, by launching the Punto Abarth, and the Avventura Abarth hatchback based crossover. The cars are the most powerful petrol hatchback and hatchback based crossover in their segments, with 145 Bhp-212 Nm and 140 Bhp-210 Nm outputs respectively. They’re also the fastest accelerating ones, with a 0-100 Kph timing of 8.8 seconds and 9.9 seconds respectively. Top speeds for both cars are pegged at 190 Kph. Both cars have been priced at 9.95 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi.
In terms of equipment levels, the Punto Abarth is nicely loaded. ABS+EBD, disc brakes on all four wheels and twin airbags are standard features. The same set of features are standard on the Avventura Abarth, but the ground clearance remains a colossal 205 mm, compared to the 155 mm of the Punto Abarth. On the Punto, stiffer suspension and a lowered body are the changes aimed at satiating enthusiasts. 5 speed manual transmissions are standard on both cars, which are front wheel driven.
Bookings for the Punto Abarth have already been open, and the same will commence from today for the Avventura. ARAI certified fuel efficiency numbers for the Abarth-badged Punto and Avventura stand at 16.3 Kmpl, and 17.1 Kmpl respectively. The higher fuel efficiency number for the Avventura can be explained by the lower outputs, and slightly taller gearing. Apart from the mechanical changes, both cars gets decals on the outside, contrast finish for the wing mirrors, GT stripes and Abarth badging, signifying their performance potentials.
On the inside, the contrast finish makes an appearance on the seat fabric, while the aluminium pedals are the other sporty bits. The Scorpion 16 inch alloy wheels are a specific visual tweak for Abarth badged cars. Pearl White and Exotica Red, and Hip Hop Black, are the two colours that the Abarth badged car will be sold in.
Both the Punto and Avventura Abarth feature these wheels. Both cars are made in India, at Fiat’s Ranjangaon factory. Notably, this is the first instance of Abarth branded cars rolling out of a production facility outside Italy. Fiat has already begun dispatching the Abarth badged Punto and Avventura to dealerships across the country. Deliveries will begin shortly.