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Old 17th July 2017, 08:32   #1
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Default Scoop! Production of Abarth Punto resumes

A reliable source told me that 40 Abarth have been manufactured last week. That includes 4 Black ones.
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A reliable source told me that 40 Abarth have been manufactured last week. That includes 4 Black ones.
Yes, they are manufacturing primarily on need basis. I know someone who picked an exotica red punto evo 90 hp recently. It was not in stock, was manufactured and delivered in 20 days (booking to delivery lead time).
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Thanks to BHPian YCJ for sending this information in. Heartfelt gratitude for sharing it with other enthusiasts via this Team-BHP page!

The 2017 make Abarth Punto is now available in showrooms. The first batch of 40 cars has been produced and dispatched to dealerships. Production of the car was stopped sometime in 2016 as Fiat had many 2015 make vehicles lying in stock. It was rumoured that normal production would resume after June 2017. Further, due to the upcoming Jeep Compass, the company's assembly line was being upgraded. The factory has now resumed production of the Abarth Punto in both colour options - Pearl White and Hip Hop Black.

The Abarth Punto is powered by a 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engine that makes 145 BHP and 212 Nm of torque. Despite being one of the the most powerful hatchbacks available at the price, on an average, it was selling in just single digits per month for the last 6 months. While those preferring the Pearl White colour could still get a car built in 2015, fans of the Hip Hop Black shade were disappointed due to the lack of production. With production resuming, this colour will once again be available for buyers to choose.

Cosmetically, there won't be any changes to the vehicle. However, it is rumoured that the cars will be equipped with the 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with offline maps, 4-wheel disk brakes, ABS with EBD and dual Airbags as standard. The Abarth Punto is priced at Rs. 9,90,000 (ex-showroom Delhi).

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Why?

at least they could have added an AMT to the Abarth, in fact to the entire Fiat line up which is essentially 2 Cars. In another 1.5 years the current Punto would be a decade old, with only a Mild face lift in between. Yes, the car still looks good, but definitely starting to show its age.

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The long termer is an abarth punto too and although there are no surprises, the highlight of poor brakes are something of a surprise to me!
Thats a big surprise, the braking even on the usual Punto is pretty good, infact it so good that I brake so late that my wife thinks I am overdoing it.

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at least they could have added an AMT to the Abarth
Glad they didn't do it. With the GT TSi Sport available with a DSG, an AMT would have destroyed whatever goodwill was remaining for the Abarth, the big capacity engine notwithstanding. This dead thread would have exploded with anti-AMT posts.

It will anyways be a niche volume seller, with the reputation of the brand always weighing it down. Oh yes, the long throw gearbox and ergonomics too, before someone qoutes me for that.

However, for those who were considering it, the price which looked eye watering initially looks rather acceptable now, as the market has moved much forward as compared to the November of 2015.

Let's see some of the other options with better engines than their regular variants.

Baleno RS - 8.53L
GT TSI Sport - 9.81L
Elite i20 1.4 Magna 4-speed automatic - 8.96L.
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What stops them from adding another colour or two to the options list, a red and a blue would definitely bring in more flavour.
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