Abarth will showcase a number of models at the Geneva Motor Show, including the powerful Abarth Punto Evo and the Abarth 500C.

Two very sporty products from the house of Abarth are to appear at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The Abarth Punto Evo and the Abarth 500C are the latest creations from the collaborative effort between Abarth and Fiat.

Based on the Fiat Punto Evo which was introduced in September 2009, the Abarth version completely renovates and changes the car. Its performance basis is the 1.4-litre Multiair engine boosted to 121kW (165 PS / 162 hp). The large Garrett turbo also advances maximum torque to 250Nm (184 lb-ft) at 2250rpm. It accelerates from 0 - 100km/h in 7.9 seconds. More performance can be extracted for a future SS model featuring 132 kW (180 PS / 178 hp), 18-inch wheels and high performance brakes.

Among other advances included are a new performance mode selection system which lets the driver choose between a Sport and Normal driving mode to suit prevailing conditions. The Torque Transfer Control (TTC) is said to improve the torque transfer from the engine to the wheels, thus simultaneously improving handling.

The exterior is updated through a wider front bumper, a deeper intake cowl for improved aerodynamics, a redesigned rear bumper, an air diffuser and larger twin tailpipes. Inside Abarth provided such equipment as new race-inspired graphics and larger dials.

The company is also introducing an Abarth 500C designed to knock anyone's hair off. It features an electric soft top (available in either black or grey titanium), a third brake light which is incorporated into the rear spoiler, a MacPherson front suspension and a 1.4 Turbo T-Jet engine making 103kW (140 PS / 138 hp) and 206Nm (152 lb-ft). Abarth says it will go from 0 - 100km/h in 8.1 seconds and return an average 6.5 l/100 km (43.4 mpg imp) in the combined cycle.

Both these cars are scheduled to go on sale in the next few months in Europe and Japan. Other Abarth-serviced markets will follow thereafter.