Official: Abarth Punto Evo gets the Esseesse trim

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 6, 2011

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.

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ABARTH PUNTO EVO NOW AVAILABLE IN ESSEESSE FORM

The wait is over. Abarth’s sparkling Punto Evo model has just been given a further boost with the option of the tuning brand’s esseesse conversion.

The performance kit, which increases the 1.4-litre turbocharged engine’s power to 180bhp and adds other technical and cosmetic equipment, can be specified when a customer orders their car, or can be undertaken later – as long as it’s within 12 months or 12,500 miles and carried out by an Abarth appointed dealership.

The engine’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU) is upgraded so that, along with its Garrett GT1446 fixed-geometry turbo, the 1.4-litre turbo unit produces 180bhp at 5750rpm. These modifications give the Abarth Punto Evo esseesse a 0-62mph acceleration time of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 134 mph.

Stopping power is supplied by disc brakes all round (fully floating self-ventilated at the front, cross drilled at the rear), complete with Brembo M4x40 front callipers. Uprated Abarth springs and Koni FSD dampers are fitted front and rear, which results in a lower ride height. A six-speed manual gearbox provides the transmission, and the car features Abarth’s switch to transfer from ‘Normal’ driving mode to ‘Sport’.

Even though this upgrade relies heavily on modern technology, the esseesse kit stays loyal to Abarth by being delivered to customers in a high quality wooden crate. Once its contents have been emptied the crate then becomes the property of the customer as an interesting memento.

The extra performance is not to the detriment of the environment. The Abarth Punto Evo esseesse is Euro 5-compliant and comes as standard with the Start&Stop system, MultiAir technology and a Gear Shift Indicator (GSI). It returns 47.1 mpg economy on the combined cycle and has a CO2 figure of 142 g/km.

“The Abarth Punto Evo already has a winning combination of great looks, technology and high performance,” says Ivan Gibson, head of Abarth in the UK. “Now the esseesse conversion will take it to an extra level for customers wishing to realise their car’s full potential.”

The esseesse kit adds around £3000 to the cost of a standard Abarth Punto Evo (£16,852 OTR); the figure varying slightly depending on different regions’ labour costs.

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