Find out about the latest offerings from Abarth, inside.
The expansion at Fiat-owned tuning company Abarth is continuing in full force today with the introduction of two new models. The Abarth 500C esseesse and the Abarth Punto Evo esseesse will proudly wear the scorpion logos on their hoods when they are shown off to the public later this month at the Paris Motor Show.
Both cars get improvements to "performance, handling and safety" while maintaining "low emissions and fuel consumption," according to a press release. The 500C will see a boost in torque to 230 Nm, and an improved horsepower output of 160 hp (119 kW), enabling the ragtop to sprint to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds. The car's top speed is listed at 209 km/h (130 mph).
By comparison, the MINI Cooper S Cabrio hits 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. The BMW-made Cooper has access to 21 more horsepower (16 kW), and a maximum torque of 260 Nm.
Features on the 500C esseesse include a Record Monza dual-mode exhaust silencer, the Abarth Blue&Me infotainment and sat-nav system. The car is painted in a two-tone scheme of Campovolo grey and Pista grey, and is offset with white chromatic trim pieces.
Meanwhile, the Evo esseesse is capable of a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 7.5 seconds, thanks to engine tuning. The car features a 180-horsepower (134-kW) engine that kicks out up to 270 Nm of torque. The new Abarth model is able to reach 216 km/h (134 mph).
Like the 500C, the Evo is also painted mainly in Campovolo grey, but also makes use of titanium-colored 18-inch alloy wheels. It also gets the Blue&Me system, and has a cabin improved thanks to Abarth Corse by Sabelt black leather seats.
We're looking forward to seeing some live photos of the two cars when they are unveiled on September 30 in Paris.