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2007-02-27 14:26
Fiat's performance wing Abarth will use this year's Geneva Motor Show to showcase the quickest Grande Punto models yet.

According to Fiat, the unveiling of the Grande Punto Abarth is meant to signal a new step in the continued regeneration of Fiat.

Two versions, the race-approved Grande Punto Abarth S2000 and the concept Grande Punto Abarth Preview, which makes its show debut, will be shown.

The latest Abarth will brandish LED tiles forming racing stripes, and a new logo in which both its signature scorpion and Abarth lettering are set in large three dimensional characters finished in polished aluminium.

The Abarth Preview is powered by a 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol unit producing 112 kW at 5 500 r/min. A booster kit, with 134 kW on tap, will also be made available.

The four-wheel drive Abarth S2000 is fitted with a 201 kW 2.0 litre engine.

A multimedia display at the show will highlight the 'Abarth Kit' displaying some of the conversion options available for the Grande Punto.

Fiat SA remains unsure about whether the Abarth models will be introduced in South Africa, with the main factor at this stage being the cost of importation.


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