Archive for June, 2008

Grande Punto Abarth ‘Assetto’ and ‘esseesse’ kits

Friday, June 27th, 2008

There are two tuning kits for customers of the Grande Punto Abarth 1.4 T-Jet 155bhp. The first tuning kit – known as the ‘Assetto’ kit – is designed to improve the chassis of the car, including the brakes and suspension. This kit includes cross- drilled brake discs at the front and rear, high performance front brake pads, special lower (-15/20 mm) springs and 18” alloy wheels painted white and fitted with 215/40 ZR18 Pirelli Pzero tyres.

Grande Punto Abarth esseesse

Grande Punto Abarth esseesse

The second tuning kit– known as the ‘esseesse’ kit – is primarily to increase the power of the engine, and is only available in conjunction with the ‘Assetto’ kit. This adds numerous components including a special air filter ‘powered by BMC’, a Garrett turbo, new injectors, twin chrome-plated exhaust tailpipes, and a reflash of the engine control unit with ‘esseesse’ software. All this boosts engine performance from 155 bhp to 180 bhp. Visually the ‘esseesse’ kit adds ‘esseesse’ logos on the tailgate, wing mirror covers and an engine cover.

The ‘esseesse’ and ‘Assetto’ kits, which are delivered to customers packed in original wooden crates, to respect Abarth tradition, may only be sold and installed by the official network of Abarth ‘Assetto Corse’ tuners on a Grande Punto Abarth 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 155 bhp within one year or 20,000 km from its first registration, and are covered by a two-year Abarth warranty from the installation date.

Grande Punto Abarth esseesse

Grande Punto Abarth esseesse

With the “esseesse” kit, the Grande Punto Abarth has almost twice the power of the basic Fiat model (a statistic repeated throughout Abarth’s history: the Fiat 500 from 1958 had 13 bhp, while the Abarth-modified car reached 26). When fitted with a 1.4 16v turbo engine enhanced to 180 bhp (at 5750 rpm) and with a maximum torque of 272 Nm, the Grande Punto Abarth “esseesse” can achieve a maximum speed of 215 km/h, accelerating from 0-62 mph in just 7.7 seconds.

Needless to say, the modifications to the brakes and suspension contained within the kit mean the Grande Punto Abarth is more than capable of transmitting all this power to the road in a usable, safe and enjoyable manner.