The long-awaited Fiat Grande Punto Abarth will make its debut at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show alongside its rally-approved version–the Abarth S2000. This will be the first of a new range of sports oriented models from Fiat featuring the famous Abarth scorpion logo.
The car on show in Geneva will be equipped with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 150 horsepower at 5,500 rpm, with standard fuel and 155 hp on high-octane premium. What’s more, thanks to a booster kit, a version with as much as 180 hp will soon be available, double the output of the standard Grande Punto. This is a revival of a tradition from the past: for example, the Fiat 500 of 1958 delivered 13 hp at 4,000 rpm, while the Fiat 500 Abarth of the same year delivered 26 hp at 5,000 rpm.
The new Grande Punto Abarth will be fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox, Brembo brakes, an enhanced body kit, and 215/45 size tires.
The Abarth S2000 (pictured) is fitted with a 270-hp engine and four-wheel-drive system. It will be used for the International Rally Championship. We only wish Fiat made a production model that was this powerful.