Bringing a new Fiat Punto Abarth home will set you back by about Rs. 12 lakhs, that is if you can find a dealer willing to sell you one considering the car’s no longer built by Fiat. For those who want to enjoy the thrill of the Punto Abarth at the smaller price than a Maruti WagonR, hitting up the used car market is a great idea. Here’s one such Fiat Punto Abarth, of 2015 vintage and with 38,000 Kms on the odometer. Asking price? Rs. 5 lakhs, and the first owner of the car is selling it. If you’re wondering what you get for this money, you get a well maintained, super sturdy high performance hatchback that will easily last you half a decade of great fun behind the wheel. To buy this car, you need to get in touch with Rasmeet Sahota.
If you haven’t been following cars, no problem. We’ll take you through a quick trip about what makes the Fiat Punto Abarth a special car. For starters, it’s the engine. The motor is a 1.4 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged unit that puts out 143 Bhp of peak power and 212 Nm of peak torque. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard, and buying an after market short shifter for this gearbox is a great idea to make the car more fun while driving hard. Also, there are a lot of remaps available for this turbo petrol motor, most of which push up the power and torque numbers to around 160 Bhp-250 Nm. This is a safe remap considering the fact that the Jeep Compass SUV, which uses the same engine gets the 160 Bhp-250 Nm state of tune as its stock outputs.
The next great thing about the Punto Abarth is the way it handles. It’s got a well weighted hydraulic steering that makes driving on the twisties a joy while the suspension is supple enough to absorb bad roads while being stiff enough for sharp handling. The build quality is simply fantastic, and the car feels solidly put together, giving occupants a sense of safety. Twin airbags and ABS are standard safety features.
What the car can benefit from is lowering. While it may be impractical for most, a lowered stance really makes the Punto Abarth look more sporty and of course, handle even better. With a remap and a lowered stance, the Punto Abarth can be as much fun as an Octavia vRS. For thos who want a great project car, this Punto Abarth is a great buy. It’s also a great buy for those who want a sporty hatchback with a lot of usable horsepower for everyday use, at a very affordable price tag.
There are some dangers of buying a car like the Punto Abarth. 1. Resale value. This is not the car to buy if you want to use it for a year or two and sell it off in a hurry. Fiats have poor resale traditionally, and the Punto Abarth suffers from this even more considering that it’s an enthusiast focused machine. 2. Fiat service centers aren’t widespread and for people who live far away from one, this may not be the ideal car despite the long service intervals. 3. While Fiat is obligated to make parts available for at least 10 more years by Indian law, parts could get scarce in say 4-5 years. So, this car is best for those who intend to keep it for 4-5 years, and making the most of all that horsepower.