FIAT IS GETTING all hot under the performance collar at the moment. Abarth has recently returned to the fold and Fiat has just announced that it will be adding a new turbo model to the Punto line-up in early 2008.
The arrival of the Fiat Punto Sport 1.4 T-Jet, with a 0-100 kmh time of 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 195 kmh is set to further Fiatâ€™s hot-hatch credentials.
The new 1.4 16v T-Jet engine delivers 90 kW at 5000 rpm and peak torque of 206Nm, with a useful 200 Nm available from as low 1700 rpm.
Big torque low in the rev range has been achieved thanks to the fitment of a low inertia turbocharger that has allowed increased performance without sacrifices being made in the areas of exhaust emissions and fuel economy.
Fuel consumption remains low with an average of 6.6 L/100 km in the combined cycle and CO2 emissions are a very respectable 155 g/km.
Prices and specifications for the Fiat Punto Sport 1.4 T-Jet will be announced when it goes on sale.
The Fiat Punto Sport 1.4 T-Jet will sit alongside the Fiat Punto Sport 1.9 JTD, with which it shares trim and equipment, as the top versions of the Fiat Punto â€“ at least until the Fiat Punto Abarth arrives in mid-2008.