Interested spectators at the Geneva Motor Show will certainly take a second to stop by the Abarth stand. There, they will find the Abarth 500C and the Abarth Punto Evo, both created out of a partnership with Fiat.
The 500C show car is a two-tone model with half painted white and the other half in black. The 138-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged engine produces up to 206 Nm (152 lb-ft) of torque, capable of getting the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds. This is definitely slower than the acceleration of the MINI Cooper S, by anywhere from 0.4 to 0.9 seconds, depending on the source. However, fuel economy is much better than the Coop, with the 500C using 6.5 liters per 100 km, or 36.2 mpg (US).
Right next to the 500C is the Punto Evo show car in white with red accents, which sprints to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds. It featuers a Garrett turbocharger mounted to the 1.4-liter Multiair engine, which now produces 162 horsepower (119 kW) and up to 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. As an SS, horsepower is boosted another 16 hp (12 kW).
Exterior mods include a larger font bumper and a new rear bumper with space for twin exhaust pipes and a diffuser. The SS model also features better brakes and 18-inch wheels.
Customers in Europe and Japan will get first crack when the two cars go on sale soon. You can view both cars through the end of the Geneva Motor Show.