Abarth has shifted focus from the Fiat 500 onto the Punto and has unveiled the Abarth Punto Scorpione. Focused at a driver looking for enhanced performance and stand-out looks, the Scorpione will only cater for a limited number of buyers.
Only 99 vehicles produced World-wide, is distinguished by a ton-sur-ton livery where the Scorpione Black of the body becomes matt on the bonnet and roof. The glossy black “passband” element stands out on the latter, with a hand-polishing treatment carried out at Abarth & Co. itself, with a view to ensuring customisation with genuine craftsmanship. South Africa will receive a limited run of 10 Scorpione units, boosting the car’s exclusive status.
The Abarth Punto Scorpione is equipped with a 1.4 MultiAir engine boosted, with the help of a Garrett turbo, to 132kW at 5750rpm and a maximum torque of 270Nm at 2500rpm. Acceleration to 100kph takes just 7.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of more than 216kph whilst still returning CO2 emissions of 142g/km. Drive to the front wheels is through a 6-speed close ratio manual transmission.
Further performance enhancements come from the modified ride and safety. Floating, perforated and self-ventilating front disc brakes with oversized four-piston yellow brake calipers, perforated rear disc brakes and high-performance front brake pads are combined with glossy black 18″ alloy wheels and front and rear Koni shock absorbers with FSD (Frequency Selective Dumping) valve and specially lowered springs. The exhaust pipe, oversized in the central and rear sections, is taken from the now famous “Esseesse” kit.
Inside, the Abarth Punto Scorpione features “Abarth Corsa by Sabelt” black technical fabric and partially Alcantara trimmed seats, with red and yellow stitching and matt black backrest, type-approved and lightened in keeping with the car’s sporting spirit. Enriching the interiors are the aluminium kick plate, the stainless steel pedal unit with Abarth shield, and the leather steering wheel with double red and yellow stitching, mirroring the seats. Feedback is provided to the driver by way of the sporty Jaeger driving instruments.
The Abarth Punto Scorpione will sell for R375000. It’s probably a touch on the expensive side but obviously the exclusivity of owning one of only ten will be worth something.