Fiat is extending the range of his baby Maserati with a sporty version wich should be closer to the character of the Italian maker.This 200hp hot hatch will be sold with the Abarth title , and will be inspired from the Rally Super competition car.

Fiat Grande Punto Abarth
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The most powerful model in the current line-up is the 130hp diesel-powered engine, but its 1.9-litre Multijet diesel motor will be surpassed by the new model.

The car will use a twin-turbo engine, that should guarantee a 0-60mph sprint of around 7.0 seconds.The rally car, which won this year the European Championship will provide some of the styling detailes for the new Grande Punto Abarth.This sport-version will compete with rivals such as the Renault Clio Sport and the Opel Corsa OPC.

Fiat Grande Punto Abarth
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The design of the new car will reflect the increase in power, and will include a roof-mounted air intake as well as a wider track for im-proved handling.

Bigger alloy wheels and a black grille the same as the one fitted to the 100bhp Panda along with a discreet rear spoiler and lower side skirts will set the new Abarth apart from the standard car.

Like the AMG for Mercedes and the M-sport division for BMW , the Abarth became Fiat’s racing division, after was bought by the Italian carmaker in 1971.The car will be priced on the region of $30,000 and will came on the market on Europe in late 2007.

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