Abarth is attempting to build on its popularity by introducing special versions of the Fiat 500C and Fiat Punto Evo at the Paris Motor Show.
The Fiat 500 is soon to arrive in the U.S. In late August, 400 prospective Fiat dealers attended an information session providing information on what to expect for those that signed up to sell Fiat products.
The esseesse versions of the Abarth Punto Evo and 500C at the Paris show are designed to maximize performance and looks without affecting emissions or fuel consumption.
Abarth 500C esseesse
This small convertible starts with a two-tone effect combining Campovolo grey and Pista grey and a white stripe to divide the two. Accelerating from 0-62 mph will take 7.6 seconds, Fiat says.
The car also gets a Record Monza exhaust silencer that improves the engine sound above 4000 rpm. Its 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine is turbocharged and makes 160 horsepower.
Abarth Punto Evo
The same Campovolo grey on the 500C covers the Abarth Punto Evo, which has 18-inch esseesse design wheels in a titanium color. The Campovolo grey is named after an airfield where the late Abarth founder Karl Abarth once bought paint for his cars — it was the same paint used on the planes, Fiat says.
With 180 horsepower, the Abarth Punto Evo’s engine uses Fiat’s MultiAir and start-and-stop technologies.
That’s not it for Abarth at Paris. Other 500 accessories including 17-inch wheels with each of its five spokes shaped like a diamond. Like Mini and Ford, Fiat and Abarth seem to think the best way to keep an iconic car fresh is with special editions and a wide array of modification options.
We’ll have more once we hit the show floor in Paris.