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New Abarth developments for 2010

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Here’s a quick run-down of what we understand will be the main developments for Abarth in the UK next year:

The Abarth 500C comes to the UK in June July 2010.  Expect it to feature Start&Stop technology as standard, plus Xenon headlights and rear parking sensors.  This will mean an uplift in prices, as these options by themselves would normally add £1,050 to the price of a standard 500C.  No word yet on exactly what the sticker price will be, though.

The Abarth 500 continues largely unchanged for 2010, having already had its options list extended a couple of months ago with Xenons, etc.  Contrary to rumours, it won’t be getting the new MultiAir engine until 2011 at the earliest, so fence-sitters might as well get their orders in now.

The new Abarth Grande Punto will arrive in July 2010.  It won’t be called Punto Evo – that will be reserved for its Fiat brother – but will instead retain the Grande Punto name.  Its design is said to widen the gap between the Fiat and Abarth versions, and we’re hoping that means no Armco barrier across the front bumper or ugly Chrysler badge.

It’ll come with a 1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir engine developing 170bhp 165 bhp (for some reason!) as standard.  Start&Stop will be standard, too.  More exciting, though, is the option of an MTA (automated manual) transmission, possibly with steering wheel-mounted paddles (update: still no word on this).

An Assetto handling kit will be available from launch, but the esseesse kit will follow on later.  Details of the kit are still being worked on. (update: esseesse likely to be available first, although with a disappointing 15 bhp increase).

The last piece of news is that the Abarth hillclimb challenge, using the Abarth Grande Punto 500, will likely make a repeat appearance for 2010, with an anticipated eight events across the country.

(Various updates applied as news comes through).