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Fiat Punto gets a Sporting variant in the UK

OD Newsdesk  | Updated: August 05, 2013, 03:47 PM IST

The UK arm of Fiat has added a new Sporting variant to its Punto hatch. With a new set of aesthetic updates, the company is targeting the younger population with the 'sporting' appeal.

The Sporting gets a new robust body kit with revamped body-colour side skirts and rear spoilerThe Sporting gets a new body kit with revamped body-colour side skirts and rear spoiler

The Punto is available with either three doors or five. The lineup now has the Pop, Easy, GBT and the new Sporting variants. Previously available Lounge and TwinAir variants have been pulled, with the TwinAir engine now available as an option on Easy and GBT variants. 1.2-litre 8-valve petrol (69hp), 1.4-litre 8-valve petrol (77hp), 1.4-litre 8-valve petrol (77hp) Dualogic, 1.4-litre 16-valve MultiAir petrol (105hp), TwinAir 0.9-litre petrol (85hp) and 1.3-litre 16-valve MultiJet diesel (85hp) are the various engines at Punto's disposal.

"The new Sporting has a dramatic appearance and features a number of stylish enhancements both to the interior and exterior which make it instantly recognisable and likely to appeal to a younger audience," said Fiat.

The Sporting gets a new body kit with revamped body-colour side skirts and rear spoiler. Add-ons also include new 'Sporting' dark headlamps, a glossy black roof, gloss black electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, front fog lights with cornering, chromed tailpipe, two-tone multi-spoke 16-inch alloys and a custom sports suspension. On the inside, the Sporting comes with black interior roof lining, a sport-tuned leather steering wheel, a "Tarmac finish" dashboard and a leather gear knob and handbrake lever.

The Sporting variant has the engine options of the 1.4-litre 8-valve petrol (77hp) and the 1.4-litre 16-valve MultiAir petrol (105hp). It carries a starting price tag of GBP 12,355 with the top trim costing GBP 13,955.

We expect Fiat to launch the hot Abarth version of the Punto in India at some point, but in the meantime, India will have to make do with the 90hp 1.4-litre petrol.

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