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Abarth Punto Evo UK specification and options

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

We’ve established the UK specification and available options for the new Abarth Punto Evo.

As standard, the £16,500 Abarth Punto Evo is set to feature:-

  • Dark tinted windows
  • Cruise Control
  • Blue&Me
  • Interscope hi-fi system
  • Preparation for anti-theft alarm
  • Preparation for satellite navigation
  • Locking fuel filler cap
  • Red brake calipers
  • Smoking kit

The available options are set out in the table below, along with their prices which, for the most part, appear to have been carried over from the Abarth Grande Punto.

Option Price
Leather Sports interior £850
Electric “Sky Dome” sunroof £725
Dual Climate Control £260
Auto-dimming rear view mirror £160
Rain sensing windscreen wipers (only with the above) £80
Front centre armrest £110
Abarth Corse Seats by Sabelt in Leather/Alcantara £1,690
Abarth Corse Seats by Sabelt in Fabric £1,320
Alternative 17″ alloy wheels with 205/45 tyres £150
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) £250
White/Black/Red Stripe & Mirror kits £160
Preparation for CD Multi-changer £100
Chrome mirrors £60
12v socket £28

Campovolo Grey is now the no-cost colour option, with 1949 White, Scorpion Black and Velocity Red all now £400 options.

Update: these prices have now been confirmed.

The new Abarth Punto Evo

The new Abarth Punto Evo

Source: Abarthisti Forum.

Abarth 500C, Abarth Punto Evo and Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari UK prices revealed

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

We’ve heard from sources currently in Italy that UK pricing for the three eagerly-anticipated new Abarth models has been set as follows:-

Abarth 500C: £17,500.
Abarth Punto Evo: £16,500.
Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari: €35,500.

The source also says that the 500C will feature the automated manual (“flappy paddle”) gearbox as standard, along with xenon headlights and rear parking sensors.

Sales of the 695 are being handled by Abarth Italy, and as such all monies are apparently to be paid to them direct, cutting Abarth UK out of the equation.

We’re pleasantly surprised at the price of the Abarth Punto Evo – £16,500 compares very favourably with the £15,295 of the Fiat Punto Evo Sporting.

More details when we have them.

Abarth 500C Italian pricing revealed

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The Italian pricing for the new Abarth 500C has been revealed today.

The Abarth 500C will be priced from €21,000 – an up-lift of around €2,200 over the tin-top Abarth 500.

The ‘Bicolore’ two-tone version shown at Geneva is priced a little higher – at €22,700.

The only option currently listed is Climate Control at €140.

This largely confirms our previous estimation that, given the Fiat 500C’s £3,000 uplift over the standard Fiat 500 in the UK, the Abarth 500C is likely to land here in July wearing a £17,500 starting price tag.

We’ll hopefully know more later this week after the dealer conference in Italy.

The new Abarth 500C

The new Abarth 500C

Abarth Punto Evo Italian pricing revealed

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The Italian pricing for the new Abarth Punto Evo has been announced today.

The Abarth Punto Evo will start from €19,400 – an up-lift of around €1,500 over the Abarth Grande Punto that it replaces.

Given the £15,295 UK price tag of the 135 bhp Fiat Punto Evo Sporting, we’re still expecting the new Abarth Punto Evo to figure in around the £17,000 mark when it arrives here in July.

The new Abarth Punto Evo

The new Abarth Punto Evo

Abarth 500C Convertible?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Autocar claims to have received insider knowledge to indicate that Abarth are likely to introduce a hot version of the recently launched Fiat 500C convertible.

Abarth 500C ©

Abarth 500C ©

Body rigidity should remain high, as the 500C isn’t a true convertible, instead retaining its roof rails and pillars.

Engine choices are, of course, likely to remain as the 1.4-litre turbo in 135 bhp guise with the option of the ‘esseesse’ kit to bring that to just shy of 160 bhp.

The Fiat 500C is roughly £3,000 more than an equivalent Fiat 500, and that would seem to indicate a £16,500 starting price for an Abarth 500C, rising to £19,250 for the esseesse version.

Link to Autocar story: Fiat 500C Abarth planned.

500 Abarth UK launch spec

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

There have been quite a few rumours flying around lately about the specification of the first 500 Abarth cars to arrive in the UK.

While Italy benefited from an initial Opening Edition limited to 100 cars, there will be no special edition as such for the UK.

However, to make production easier and to ensure availability for those at the top of the queue, the first 200 cars that come to the UK will all be 1949 White with red leather interior, red stripe and mirror kit, upgraded 17″ alloy wheels, and climate control. Depending on who you believe, there may or may not be a Scorpion graphic on the bonnet.

Delivery to customers is currently expected early February 2009. Customers who choose an alternative spec will likely have to wait until late March/early April.

Still no official confirmation on price, but assuming current indications of a £13,500 base price are correct, we’d expect the first 200 cars to be priced around the £15,100 mark once the cost of the ‘options’ has been added.

500 Abarth

500 Abarth

Fiat 500 Abarth launch date rumours

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Although the UK launch date for the new Fiat 500 Abarth has yet to be officially announced, we’ve been hearing from a number of sources that the target is early February 2009.

It seems that actually getting hold of and distributing a sufficient number of cars to effect a nationwide launch is proving to be the deciding factor, rather than any political or marketing issues.

At least 200 pre-orders have been taken via the Fiat UK website, and the order book opens officially some time next week, so we hear.

Of course, still no prices or spec confirmations. We’ll keep you posted.

Abarth Coupe rumours gather pace

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Rumours that Abarth maybe considering building a special Abarth Coupe model have been gathering pace, with Autocar reporting their own take on the story…

Abarth Coupe © Autocar

Abarth Coupe © Autocar

Fiat could make a special-bodied Abarth Coupe in order to expand the ‘affordable high performance’ credentials of its recently re-established brand.

The company is reportedly delighted with the early reception for its Abarth Punto and 500 variants and believes that a special Abarth model may be feasible. A coupe would be in the spirit of the cars created by the firm’s founder, Carlo Abarth, in the 1960s.

Full story here.

Auto Express carried a similar piece a while back – here.

Abarth Roadster co-developed with Lotus?

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Could Abarth be working on a two-seat roadster based on the platform of the Lotus Evora? Auto Express seem to think so, but we tend to take anything they say with a very large bucket of salt. Here’s the blurb…

Abarth Roadster? &copy Auto Express

Abarth Roadster? © Auto Express

It’s another surprise from Fiat’s Abarth tuning arm! The sporty brand has come to a special agreement with Lotus, allowing it to use the next-generation Elise to underpin a standalone sports car – and this is what it could look like.

So far, few details have been confirmed about the roadster, but sources insist engineers at Lotus’ base in Hethel, Norfolk, and Abarth’s HQ in Turin, Italy, are already working hard on the project. Abarth boss Luca de Meo has admitted the company currently does not possess the resources to build the car, although our sources insist the maker has cleverly got around that through its deal with Lotus.

The new chassis will be a smaller version of the modular, bonded aluminium set-up that debuted on the British brand’s Evora 2+2 recently.

The lightweight two-seater will have a very different shape to the other cars in the Abarth line-up. However, the familiar scorpion badge, plus a full bodykit and distinctive white and red paintjob, will ensure the newcomer is instantly identifiable. Striking alloy wheels complete the package.

Under the bonnet, the car is expected to use one of Fiat’s next-generation turbocharged petrol engines, delivering in excess of 200bhp. This should propel the lightweight 900kg package from 0-60mph in less than five seconds.

Lotus has announced its next Elise will be launched in 2010, and the new Abarth model is expected to appear in showrooms here shortly after that – possibly as early as 2011.

Original story here.