As we suspected when Fiat first launched the Abarth versions of the 500C and Punt Evo, the Italian automaker will soon deliver higher-performance Esseesse trim levels as well. Both models will get more powerful engines, with the Punto Evo’s 1.4-liter turbocharged Multiair increasing from 165-hp to around 180-hp. An even stiffer suspension and more capable brakes will also be included. As for the 500C, it will increase from 138-hp to roughly 160-hp from its non-Multiair 1.4L turbo.
Also due for both models is a faster shifting automatic gearbox. And according to AutoCar, a dual-clutch auto-box is set to debut in the next few years. The new Esseesse models are set to be announced in November.
While we don’t and won’t get the Punto Evo in North America, we’re eagerly looking forward to an Abarth-tuned Fiat 500 and really hope the Esseesse models will also be available here.