By Ronan Glon
Thursday, May 31st, 2012 @ 6:33 am
 
Fiat-owned Abarth hasn't revealed a truly new model in what seems like an eternity. To keep the public interested in its cars the company heavily relies on limited editions of existing models that feature aesthetic and mechanical upgrades.

The brand has just unveiled the Punto SuperSport, its latest limited edition. It is based on the regular-production Abarth Punto Evo which in turn is a cousin of the Fiat Punto hatchback.

Abarth bills the Punto SuperSport as a quicker and better-equipped variant of the Punto Evo. The two models are powered by the same 1.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine but it has been pushed to 180 horsepower and 199 foot-pounds of torque in the SuperSport. For the sake of comparison, the Punto Evo is rated at 165 horsepower and 184 foot-pounds of twist.

Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The limited-edition Punto hits 62 miles per hour from a stop in 7.5 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 134 miles per hour.

The Punto SuperSport inaugurates a gray and black paint job that was inspired by the SuperSport concept that Abarth displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year. Customers who don't like gray can order the car in glossy black with flat black stripes on the hood and on the roof.

The car sits on edition-specific 17-inch alloy wheels and "SuperSport" badges are found on both quarter panels and on the trunk lid.

The SuperSport comes with a long list of standard features that includes automatic climate control, Blue & Me connectivity system and leather upholstery on the bucket seats and the steering wheel.

Only 199 examples of the Punto Supersport will be built for the European market. In Italy the car will carry a base price of €21,900, which converts to about $27,140.