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Old 09-21-2007, 05:00 AM   #1
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Default Official,Fiat Grande Punto Abarth






Fiat officially announced today the re-launch of the Abarth name. Abarth is now back with a new range of cars for sports car enthusiasts. First car on the list? The Grand Punto Abarth which the company released official images of today.
The Grand Punto Abarth is powered 1.4 Turbo petrol engine that produces 150 horsepower. Abarth also unveiled the new Grand Punto Abarth “essesse” at the Frankfurt Motor Show last week. The “essesse” variant produces a total output of 180 horsepower.
Following these two models, Fiat will reveal a production version of the Grand Punto Abarth S2000 which is capable of delivering 270 horsepower.
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Old 09-21-2007, 07:20 AM   #2
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^ this thing is sick, I'm glad to see the Abarth name coming back

too bad it won't make it to the US

Once it hits the streets back home, I'll be aiming for a test drive on my
next trip back.

FIAT fans are going crazy over there: the Grande Punto is doing well in Rally form, the 500 is selling like hot cakes & now the return of the Abarth name on one of Europes best selling car's!

good times
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Old 09-21-2007, 01:19 PM   #3
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A glorious past becomes the present, an all-conquering passion that is as strong today as it ever was: this is the inspiration behind Fiat Group Automobiles’ plan to re-launch the Abarth name. Always synonymous with tough, spirited cars, challenges, passion and thrills, Abarth is back with a new range to whet the appetites of all sports car enthusiasts.

The novelty lies in the modern-day interpretation of everything that Abarth used to do in the past - starting with motor-racing, followed by prototypes and vehicle conversion kits, and even fashion accessories representing the Abarth style. An expression of the ultimate racing lifestyle, the new company will be active on several fronts: firstly, in the world of motorsport, an environment strictly related to competition, one-make trophies and cars prepared for private customers.

Second, the commercial environment, including tuning - hence the production of conversion kits - not forgetting the extensive licensing and merchandising operations.

In short, Abarth is creating a world all of its own, a world that revolves around the core values that led to its great success in decades gone by: innovative design, state-of-the-art materials, and love for detail.

Behind it all is an absolutely genuine passion for motoring, not to mention the company’s human and technological assets, and the professional pride of the thousands of people - technicians, workers and executives - who have come and gone from the factories, offices and race tracks.

The target of Abarth’s first project, later to be extended to other models, was the Grande Punto - on sale in Italy from September. It will be on the market in Switzerland by the end of the year, and will also be available in other countries during the course of 2008. There will hardly be time to draw breath between each launch: between now and the end of 2008, no less than four new product launches have been planned.

The brand’s development plans will force it to expand its production capability in the short term, and within a few months, Abarth’s new home will have been completed at the Mirafiori plant. The new premises will group together the company’s manufacturing, design and management divisions.

This fast pace explains the decision to give Abarth its own brand, managed by an independent company (Abarth & C. S.p.A., 100%-owned by Fiat Group Automobiles) whose distribution is entrusted to an exclusive commercial organisation covering four levels: flagship service centres, dealers, specialised tuners and workshops.

Agile and quick off the mark (in the best Abarth tradition), Abarth & C. S.p.A is in the hands of Chief Executive Officer Luca De Meo, and covers three areas of activity: Business Operations, Engineering & Manufacturing Operations and Racing Operations. The first division, led by Antonino Labate, has the task of designing the products and services for the customisation and tuning of standard sports cars, organising the sales and service network, and managing Abarth’s merchandising and licensing operations.

The second area, Engineering & Manufacturing Operations, is headed by Paolo Ollino. He is responsible for technical development and production, together with the tuning and servicing of competition cars, and developing the car customisation and tuning products. The division works in partnership with the Engineering & Design division of Fiat Group Automobiles (led by Harald Wester).

Finally, the Racing Operations division, led by Claudio Berro, has the task of coordinating Abarth vehicles’ entries in national and international motorsport competitions, organising the championships reserved for private customers, and managing relations with racing and rallying clients and sponsors.

Last but not least, Abarth can rely on the assistance of Paolo Martinelli, director of the Engine Division (Racing Operations) at Ferrari until October 2006, and currently head of the Petrol Engine Development Division at Fiat Powertrain Technologies.







http://www.egmcartech.com/2007/09/20...-punto-abarth/
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Old 09-21-2007, 01:23 PM   #4
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I'll take one in that color scheme, please!
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pffft, ill take the fiat panda clarkson-edition limo. :P
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Video of the Abarth in Action

Abarth is now back with a new range of cars for sports car enthusiasts. First car on the list? The Grand Punto Abarth which the company released official images of last week. Today we bring you the video of the Fiat Grand Punto Abarth in action The Grand Punto Abarth is powered 1.4 Turbo petrol engine that produces 150 horsepower. Abarth also unveiled the new Grand Punto Abarth “essesse” at the Frankfurt Motor Show last week. The “essesse” variant produces a total output of 180 horsepower.
Click through to see the video.

http://www.egmcartech.com/2007/09/26...rth-in-action/
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pffft, ill take the fiat panda clarkson-edition limo. :P
greatescapepassengerropeandcreepersystem FTW!
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Good video



One of the coolest ‘official’ videos we’ve seen for a while. Watch as the Fiat Grande Punto Abarth has its neck wrung by a very Italian sounding Italian… The Punto Abarth sounds fantastic, and the scenery is sensational.



http://www.carupdate.com.au/2098/fia...driving-video/
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How close to the S2000 Punto is it going to be? They're over 200K Euros out the door in real life...
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....has its neck wrung by a very Italian sounding Italian…
^^^^^ that made me > !

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I was thinking about you ,when I saw the video and post it,I was like this will get his undies all wet.!!
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