Abarth’s conversion kits have been a huge success, with the scorpion brand reporting that one Abarth 500 in three is upgraded with the official kit. With that in mind, it’s only logical for the Fiat tuner to expand the market for its Esseesse kit designed to “improve performance, handling and safety without having to sacrifice the car’s low emissions and fuel consumption”. The latest recipients are the Abarth 500C and Abarth Punto Evo.
The Punto Evo Esseesse has 180 hp and 270 Nm, top speed of 216 km/h and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 7.5 seconds. This is an increase from the standard Abarth, which has 165 hp/250 Nm and a fixed geometry Garrett turbocharger on the supermini’s 1.4-litre Multiair engine. A six-speed manual is the only gearbox option.
The Esseesse pack for the 500C gives the cute little convertible enough poke to potentially scare bigger opposition. It now pushes out 160 hp and 230 Nm from 1.4-litres, compared to the standard Abarth’s 140 hp/206 Nm. Top speed is 209 km/h and 0-100 km/h takes just 7.6 seconds. That’s pretty fast for a “girly car” in standard Fiat form.
Both Esseesse cars come in Campovolo Grey, named after the airfield located opposite the company’s historic headquarters in Corso Marche, Turin. The Punto Evo gets 18′-inch alloys in a special titanium-coloured design, Abarth Corse by Sabelt seats in black leather and a Blue&Me MAP satellite navigation system complete with telemetrics developed with Magneti Marelli. The 500C has the latter too, plus a Record Monza exhaust silencer (dual mode with variable counter pressure) that enhances engine sound above 4,000 rpm.
Fascinating stuff. More pics after the jump.
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