This week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles launched the Abarth Punto in India. Priced for Rs 9.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), it is the first sub-Rs 10 lakh hatchback in the country that breaks the 10-second barrier to a ton. The company claims the Abarth Punto goes from 0-100 kmph in 8.8 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 190 kmph. It is powered by a 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 145 bhp—highest in the segment—and a torque of 212Nm. It gets a five-speed manual transmission. This uniquely positioned hatchback comes with some luxury features, too, such as electric boot opening, automatic air-conditioning, soft touch front dashboard, ambient light, rear AC vents, foldable keys and follow-me home headlamps.
The Abarth Punto looks very different from the regular Punto, both outside and inside. One, the ground clearance, at 155 mm, has been lowered to aid ride and handling. Two, Abarth logos are strikingly visible at the front and the rear of the car. Three, it is available in only two colours—Hip-hop Black and Pearl White with red highlights and racing embellishments. Four, the seats are black in colour with a red and yellow stitching that is in line with the Abarth colours and logo, even the steering wheel holds the Abarth logo. Five, it features large 16-inch alloy wheels which are designed like a scorpion.
The company has also planted the same engine in its crossover car, the Avventura. However, because the Avventura is a heavier car, it goes from 0-100 kmph in a slightly slower 9.9 seconds.
The brand Abarth was introduced in India earlier this year when FCA launched the sporty coupe, the Abarth 595 Competizione, which made its way to the Indian shores through the CBU route.