Abarth 500 Convertible, Abarth Punto Evo to Debut at Geneva

The 2010 Geneva Motor Show will witness the introduction of two new Fiat models customized by Abarth, Fiat 500 Convertible and Punto Evo. At least, this is what the editors over at the Italian car magazine Quattroruote are saying without releasing any details regarding the two upcoming models.

However, several rumors are suggesting that the Abarth 500 Convertible will feature a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine plus several other sporty enhancements, including improved suspension and multiple mechanical enhancements.

On the other hand, the Abarth Punto Evo is rumored to employ Fiat's 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo engine that develops 170 horsepower. It was already installed on the Alfa Romeo MiTo QV, helping this model to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in around 7 seconds. Fuel consumption goes around 4.8 l/100 km (49 mpg), while emissions reach 139 g/km in combined cycle.

Specific details on the two models, or whether the manufacturer is indeed planning to bring them at the Geneva Auto Show, are yet to be confirmed.

Back in January, it was reported that Fiat is planning to form a new group for Alfa, Maserati and Abarth that will lead to the creation of new models under a single badge. The new group, yet unnamed, will be headed by Harald J. Wester, currently CEO of Maserati and Abarth, according to inside sources talking for Autonews. Waster will be in charge with finding the best way in which the three brands would become competitive.
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