For those eluded enthusiasts who are power-starved, this hot hatch is a cause for celebration and let us grasp why –a 1.4L 1368cc 4 cylinder engine paired to a 5-speed manual transmission produces 145BHP and a torque of 212Nm. For a 1368cc engine, 145BHP is seemingly farfetched. Although the looks are like that of an existing hatch, the cosmetic updates and the power sure distinguishes it. It definitely gains an upper-hand over competitors in terms of power, price and looks.
In terms of looks, it’s the same as its sibling but the automaker’s cosmetic packaging is what makes the difference. Black and white paint options with red decals augment the dynamic and sporty appeal. Door panels have the Abarth lettering on the lower section, body coloured door handles, rear view mirrors in dual colours integrated with turn indicators and alloy wheels with the Abarth emblem. The rear is different – it has a distinguishing set of taillights, brake lights which look like LED lights and the façade is amplified all the more. The front has a headlight cluster which is bold and has powerful lamps with turn indicators, the radiator grille has chrome surrounding it and the bumper has a section for fog lamps. On the hood is the Abarth logo again.
Coming to the inside, it has a sporty all black colour schemes. The ambient lighting adds to the effect of the interiors. There is metallic finishing on the dashboard to make it look attractive along with the ‘Abarth’ instrument cluster. This is one of the core highlights of the design. For comfort there is a 3 spoke steering wheel, cushiony seats, aluminium foot pedals, auto climate control, height adjustment for the driver’s seat and electric boot release among others.
Fiat Abarth Punto 1.4 T-JET