Abarth To Tune Alfa Romeo Vehicles
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“The brand is doing so well that we plan to start producing more performance kits for Fiats, and even some Alfa Romeo models,” Antonino Labate, Abarth’s sales and marketing manager told autocar.
The executive added that Alfa will keep its Cloverleaf hot Mito and Abarth will tune other vehicles in the 100 year-old brand’s range.
The company, which has been resurrected by Fiat in 2008 and marketed as a separate brand ever since, will also be releasing hardcore Esseesse versions of its new Punto Evo Abarth and 500C models this fall.
The Punto Evo, which is powered by a 1.4 liter Multiair turbocharged engine will see its output boosted from 163 to 180 hp, with the Esseesse kit also including modified suspension and braking systems.
The Esseesse badge will mean that the Abarth 500C’s 1.4 liter turbocharged non-Multiair powerplant will be pumped up to 157 hp just as the current Esseesse hatchback. The car will also have its five speed automatic transmission tweaked. The Scorpion-badged brand will also offer a dual clutch gearbox for the Punto and Multiair engines for the 500 in the following two years.
We’ve just had some intimate moments with an Abarth 500, so you can check out our test drive section soon to read the review.
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