Abarth Grande Punto (2008 – 2010) Review
Abarth Grande Punto (2008 – 2010) At A Glance
The Grande Punto Abarth brought to Britain an Italian tradition of crated parts arriving at a dealer or tuning shop to upgrade a standard FIAT car.
In the 1960s, Abarth special parts used to arrive at the garage in a wooden crate. And the spannermen would get to work turning a humble FIAT 600 into an Abarth 750TC, then 850TC and eventually 1000TC developing as much as 108bhp.
Abarth went on to build beautiful little rear-engined Zagato bodied coupes with Fiat or Simca based engines, some of which were finished off by Radbourne Racing in London. And he graduated to bigger and better ventures including sportscar racing, taking on the likes of Porsche and Ferrari with considerable success.
The FIAT brand reflected in this glory so it was only natural that FIAT should want to revive the notoriety of the Abarth name. As well as sticking scorpion badges all over the Grande Punto, it has done a proper job that Carlo would have approved of.
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