lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
hp @ 5500 rpm
117.9 hp per liter
(from Abarth Press
Release) ABARTH PUNTO EVO: The EVOlution of power
The EVOlution of race-inspired
The new 165 HP Multiair
1.4 turbo petrol engine is the result of a winning partnership
between Fiat Powertrain Technology and Abarth race-derived know-how.
Since the Fiat Powertrain engine was first presented at last year’s
Geneva motor show, Abarth engineers have been working hard to
squeeze every last drop of power out of it and to improve its
sporting performance in typical Abarth style.
Multiair engine technology has revolutionised the world of petrol
engines. Compared to a conventional petrol engine of equivalent
size, a MultiAir engine develops more power (up to 10%) and more
torque (up to 15%), while consuming significantly less (up to 10%)
and emitting less CO2 (up to 10%), fewer particulates (up to 40%)
and less NOx (up to 60%).
The genius of the Multiair engine is embodied in its
electro-hydraulic valve control system. Both fuel consumption and
pollutant emissions have been slashed by using the engine’s intake
valves to control the air flow directly, without a butterfly valve
in the intake. Using this already advanced technology as a starting
point, Abarth’s development department has made a series of
modifications to arrive at the innovative new 165 HP Multiair 1.4 16
V. Power output, for example, has been optimised by the intelligent
application of a new, larger turbocharger from Garrett. The result
is superb performance with peak torque of 250 Nm (25.5 kgm) at 2250
rpm, and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in only 7.9 seconds.
The sporty new Abarth Punto Evo also features a new performance mode
selection system that modulates engine, braking and steering action
to offer a choice of two different driving styles - Sport and Normal
– to suit road conditions and driver preference.
The mode selector is conveniently located on the central tunnel in
front of the gear lever and lets you switch between the two modes
quickly and easily, simply by moving a lever. The currently selected
mode is displayed on the dashboard. If you are looking for a safe,
relaxing drive, all you have to do is select Normal mode, while if
you feel the need to enjoy the full performance of your Abarth Punto
Evo, flip the switch to Sport position and thrill to the power!
Sport mode makes the car more responsive, using electrical servo
systems to modify handling and deliver the ultimate sporting feel.
Due attention has also been paid to safety of course, so Sport mode
also engages the TTC system automatically.
As in rally cars, the driver is assisted by GSI (Gear Shift
Indicator). On the Abarth Punto Evo, GSI acts like an intelligent
“co-driver” and provides a signal on the instrument panel to tell
you when the right moment has arrived to shift up reducing fuel
The Abarth Punto Evo’s 1.4 Multiair petrol engine also features
Fiat’s innovative Start&Stop system. This switches the engine off
automatically when the vehicle comes to a halt and the engine is
left to idle, and restarts it again as soon as you are ready to move
off. The system finds its ideal application in situations like city
traffic and sequences of traffic lights. Whenever the control logic
permits, Start&Stop automatically switches off the engine, saving up
to 10% of fuel consumption and emissions in the urban cycle and up
to 3.5% in the NEDC test cycle.
As soon as you take your foot off the brake or engage first gear,
the system immediately restarts the engine to give you instant power
and responsiveness. On top of this, if you accidentally stall the
engine while moving off, all you have to do is press down on the
clutch to re-start it automatically.
Start&Stop offers additional benefits in terms of comfort since it
eliminates noise and vibrations from the passenger compartment while
the car is stationary.
The system is full interactive, and tells you whether the function
is engaged or not via clear indications on the instrument panel.
Start&Stop can be disengaged quickly and easily by a switch on the
dashboard near the steering column.
The innovative Multiair engine guarantees sports performance plus
low emissions and reduced fuel consumption. Tests carried out by
Abarth engineers have demonstrated that fuel consumption has been
reduced despite the fact that power output has been increased. In
particular, consumption is only 8.1 l/100 km in the urban cycle;
only 6.0 l/100 km in the combined cycle, and 4.8 l/100 km in the
extra-urban cycle. The Multiair engine is also impressively clean
and already conforms to Euro 5 standards thanks to emissions of only
The EVOlution of active and
The Abarth philosophy
combines both performance and safety. The Abarth Punto Evo is
therefore equipped with a series of highly effective systems to
guarantee safe handling on all surfaces.
TTC (Torque Transfer Control) is the key to the car’s active safety.
TTC improves the transfer of torque from the engine to the wheels
and guarantees excellent handling on bends, making fast driving
safer and more fun than ever. TTC is a differential locking system
that uses the mechanical differential as a reactive element in the
transmission to control torque via the braking system and ESP
sensors (wheel speed, steering angle, yaw, etc.).
TTC is activated automatically in Sport mode. When engaged, the
system automatically adjusts the degree of diff locking applied in
accordance with dynamic factors like speed.
In the area of safety, the Abarth Punto Evo sets new standards
thanks to 7 airbags, including a driver knee airbag. The Punto Evo
is one of very few cars in its segment with a driver knee airbag
fitted as standard on all versions.
The Abarth Punto Evo also boasts a powerful and effective braking
system. Disc brakes are fitted to all wheels, with ventilated discs
and Brembo double piston, fixed calipers at the front. The
suspension system is derived from a tried and tested Abarth
configuration. Front suspension is provided by independent McPherson
struts, while rear suspension is semi-independent with a torsion
bar. Abarth has also fitted a larger anti-roll bar together with
front springs that are 20% harder than those of a standard
suspension system. The result is impeccable road holding plus a high
level of passenger comfort.
The EVOlution of race-inspired
Also on a style level,
the changes that Abarth have made to the Punto Evo concentrate on
improving the car’s performance and aerodynamics.
Compared to the Fiat version of the car, the front bumper has been
extended in width to incorporate the side flaps. The black intake
cowl on the front has also been made deeper to match the lateral air
outlets. This corrects and controls air flow and significantly
improves aerodynamic efficiency around the sides of the car, just as
on the full rally version.
The rear of the Abarth features a completely redesigned bumper
incorporating side air outlets. The diffuser, designed to optimise
air flow, is a major feature of the bumper. The diffuser is the same
as on the previous version, but has been given a new surround to
enhance its looks and align its styling with the front splitter.
The exhaust features larger diameter twin tail pipes, an obvious
tribute to Abarth’s glorious history. The new pipes, however have
been given a different satin finish.
The reversing lights and rear fog lights have been moved to the
centre of the diffuser, forming a focal point as on formula racing
cars, while new side reflectors outline and accentuate the profile
of the aerodynamic deflector, simulating the effect created by the
LED light cowl on the rear window.
The spoiler has been completely redesigned, not only in terms of
colour (it is now the same colour as the rest of the body, giving
the car a longer, more dynamic look), but in terms of size too. Its
longer, tapered shape has improved the car’s CX and CZ values and
made the new Abarth Punto EVO more stable than its predecessor.
The logo trim has also been redesigned and combined with a new
grille with a more sporty appearance. In the same way the badge is
no longer round as on the previous version but has returned to the
original shape, as used on the 500.
The side flaps and skirts are finished in the same colour as the
body, emphasising the car’s aggressive nature and its “stuck to the
road” handling. The side graphics have also been restyled to match
the front bumper and given new dimensions. The result is more in
proportion with the side of the car and gives the body colour areas
a sleeker appearance. Another new feature is the completely
redesigned 17’’ spoked wheels, with the Abarth scorpion logo in the
The car’s interior has been completely updated too. The new
materials have an appearance and finish inspired by the surface of
motor racing circuits, bringing all the excitement of the track into
The new central control console is divided into two sections. The
audio section is characterised by a black surface and a central LCD
display. Underneath, a separate section houses the air conditioning
controls. The top of the console houses the air vents and a storage
The purpose-designed Jaeger instrumentation features larger dials
for the speedometer and rev counter, new race-inspired graphics, and
a new anti-glare cowling covered in leather with open red and yellow
The visual link with the new textured seats is obvious. The seats
and seat backs are upholstered in soft black leather while the seat
sides are finished in high-tech fabric to give the ideal balance
between comfort, breathability and wear resistance.
Customers can still choose the optional “Abarth Corse” seats by
Sabelt. These seats offer a perfect blend of racing characteristics
including light weight and the ability hold the body steady against
lateral and longitudinal forces.
The EVOlution of power – the “SS”
As was to be expected
from Abarth, a high performance kit will be made available to
coincide with the launch of the Abarth Punto Evo to boost engine
power even further. In keeping with Abarth tradition, the tuning kit
will give the new car more power than the basic model, enabling the
Multiair 1.4 16v Turbo engine to develop a maximum power of 180 HP.
Following Abarth’s performance tuning philosophy, the “SS” kit also
includes modifications to chassis components, including perforated,
ventilated discs, high performance brake pads, lower springs, and
18” Abarth “SS” alloy wheels painted in white or titanium, and
fitted with performance tyres.
The performance delivered by the Abarth Punto Evo “SS” kit is
further enhanced by a special “powered by BMC” air filter.
As for the Grande Punto and the 500, the Abarth Punto Evo’s “SS” kit
comes in a classic wooden performance case. To guarantee the highest
standards of quality and safety, the kit can only be installed by
Abarth’s official performance tuning network.