The Punto Evo model from Abarth has just been enhanced with the tuning brand’s esseesse conversion, which increases the power of the 1.4-litre turbocharged engine to 180bhp as well as adds other technical and cosmetic features. Customers who order their vehicle can specify to have the performance kit.
They can also decide to have the kit later as long as it is within a year or 12,500 miles, and the vehicle is carried out by an Abarth-appointed dealership. With the performance kit, the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) of the engine is enhanced for the 1.4-litre turbo unit to produce 180bhp at 5750rpm, along with its Garrett GT1446 fixed-geometry turbo.
The modifications will bring the Abarth Punto Evoesseesse to a 0-62mph acceleration time of 7.5 seconds and will enable it to reach a maximum speed of 134 mph. The vehicle’s stopping power is provided by the disc brakes all round, which are fully floating self-ventilated at the front and cross drilled at the rear.
The disc breaks are complete with Brembo M4x40 front callipers. Koni FSD dampers and Uprated Abarth springs are fitted front and rear, resulting in a lower ride height. In addition, it features a six-speed manual gearbox and Abarth’s switch, which allows the shift from Normal driving mode to Sport.
Despite the heavy reliance of the upgrade on modern technology, the esseesse performance kit remains loyal to Abarth by being delivered to clients enclosed in a high quality wooden crate. Once the contents have been emptied, the crate can serve as an interesting memento for the customer.
This extra performance is not detrimental to the environment, as the Abarth Punto Evo esseesse is Euro 5-compliant and comes as standard with the Gear Shift Indicator (GSI), Start&Stop system and MultiAir technology. It also has a CO2 emissions figure of 142 g/km and it can return a 47.1 mpg economy on the combined cycle.