RE: Abarth Punto Evo Scorpione | Spotted

RE: Abarth Punto Evo Scorpione | Spotted

Wednesday 7th April

Abarth Punto Evo Scorpione | Spotted

One-of-ten special edition proves that not all interesting Abarths are tricked-up 500s...



Chances are, when you think of Abarth, you think of the 500. Rarely has one large manufacturer's performance division been so dominated by a single model. There was the 124 Spider, of course, but that was a blip when compared to a decade of tiny hatch association when anyone ever thought of discussing Carlo Abarth's eponymous company. Which is a shame because when given other responsibilities, the firm has often proved itself more than capable - even if sometimes it feels like they needn't have bothered, such has been the success of the 500.

But let's be glad that they did, because it delivered cars like the Scorpione. The original Abarth Punto was launched in 2008, right as the 500 was as well, both swift and stylish entrants into a typically quite staid arena. A Clio may well have been better to drive than either, but it was nowhere near as good to look at. Power from the 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo meant gutsy, charismatic performance from both (with an appropriately stirring soundtrack), and design overhauls successfully transformed both from city runarounds to proper pocket rocket tearaways.

The Evo facelift arrived in 2010, with more power and a new look, but even by that point it was clear that the 500 (or whatever it was called by then) was the golden goose of the range. The Evo soldiered on for a few more years, then quietly bowed out in 2014 with precious little fanfare. But not before a very special Abarth Punto was made...

The Scorpione was explicitly designed with Abarth collectors in mind; as such just 200 were made, of which only 10 were allocated in right-hand drive for the UK market. They were factory order only, without a single dealer demonstrator in the country. Buyers took a punt on it being the Punto of their dreams, paid their money and waited for the ultimate Abarth Evo to turn up.


While this car wasn't as extreme as something like the two-seat, plastic-windowed 695 Biposto, the Scorpione wasn't lacking in purpose. The Esseesse kit that had become a very rarely ticked option by 2012 was standard fit, meaning Koni FSD dampers, Brembo brakes, stunning Sabelt seats and matt black accents. Even a decade later - the Scorpione debuted at the Bologna show in 2011, ahead of sales in May 2012 - the Punto is a great looking hot hatch.

Back then, even without a single option available, the Scorpione's ยฃ23,500 asking price rather ensured only the committed would apply. It was only as a good as a Punto with the SS pack, and much more able hot hatch fun was available for less. That said the 10 right-hand drive cars for the UK (the only 10 other RHDs went to South Africa) all found customers, and it's easy to imagine a collector being content with it. Hardly like an Abarth Punto is going to happen again...

So, to have one of the 10 UK cars for sale is a significant opportunity. As might be expected for a dedicated collectors' item, the Punto is pretty much flawless, having covered just 21,000 miles since 2012. It's been with just two owner during that time, the service history is comprehensive and the MOT history lacking even a single advisory. As far as it's possible to perfectly preserve a car while also enjoying it, this Abarth would seem to be the ideal example.

The condition and rarity means the Scorpione doesn't come cheap, this one listed at ยฃ15,995. Obviously nobody needs reminding of how much hot hatch that might buy elsewhere, but that rather seems to be missing the point this time around. None of the alternatives will be such rare limited editions, and it seems unlikely that any will have been looked after quite so well either. That will be more than enough for some - and you wouldn't blame them one bit.


SPECIFICATION | ABARTH PUNTO EVO SCORPIONE

Engine: 1,368cc, four-cyl turbo
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): 180@5,750rpm
Torque (lb ft): 199@3,000rpm
MPG: 43
CO2: 142g/km (NEDC)
Year registered: 2012
Recorded mileage: 20,900
Price new: ยฃ23,500
Yours for: ยฃ15,995

See the original advert here.






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WCZ

Original Poster:

8,372 posts

158 months

Wednesday 7th April
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nice but lacks power imo

Edited by WCZ on Wednesday 7th April 13:30

pb8g09

813 posts

33 months

Wednesday 7th April
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Certainly looks the part, feels like it's lacking in the output department.

Is it really a 'good enough' car to bother collecting? (i.e. willing to shell that money on)

s m

20,623 posts

167 months

Wednesday 7th April
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pb8g09 said:
Is it really a 'good enough' car to bother collecting? (i.e. willing to shell that money on)
No one will know as unlikely to have driven one!

One for a Fiat aficionado perhaps

Loplop

1,763 posts

149 months

Wednesday 7th April
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I went to look at an EsseEsse with a friend about 5 years ago.

The Sabelt seats are some of the nicest I've sat in in a road car, but the rest was just massively lacking.

clacs2

82 posts

123 months

Wednesday 7th April
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Genuine, non-facetious question; is this any more than a standard SS pack Punto with a matt bonnet?

Jon_S_Rally

961 posts

52 months

Wednesday 7th April
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I like it. Always thought the Punto Abarth was a great looking thing. Not sure I would pay the premium for this over a regular SS (especially in that nice grey colour), but I can see why it might appeal to a Fiat/Italian car collector.

Loplop

1,763 posts

149 months

Wednesday 7th April
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clacs2 said:
Genuine, non-facetious question; is this any more than a standard SS pack Punto with a matt bonnet?
Well, it's just the stripes that are matte and I think you could specify that on all Abarth Puntos...

dunnoreally

409 posts

72 months

Wednesday 7th April
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16 grand for a 9-year-old warm Punto? I'll pass, and I reckon probably so will everyone else. Even if you were this mythical collector of early 2010s FIATs, it's not like there's another of you out there pushing the price up.

I still have kind of a soft spot for these, but more as a bit of cheap fun to razz about in, not for actual money.

nismo48

562 posts

171 months

Wednesday 7th April
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As Abarth special editions go it's very rare..
The spec is decent and probably drives pretty good too..
For the money it's an exclusive thing.. thumbup

J4CKO

33,403 posts

164 months

Wednesday 7th April
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16 grand for a nine year old Punto is a "significant opportunity" ?

To do what, lose ten grand ?

sandys

184 posts

210 months

Wednesday 7th April
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clacs2 said:
Genuine, non-facetious question; is this any more than a standard SS pack Punto with a matt bonnet?
It is basically an esseesse pack Punto with a different colour scheme and Sabelts seats which were an expensive option on the Abarth Punto, a few grand just for seats.

Not bad cars the Punto but I might be biased tongue out

Joey Deacon

3,402 posts

140 months

Wednesday 7th April
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Back in the day I had a MK Uno Turbo and it is still the car I remember most fondly. Years ago I toyed with the idea of getting a Punto GT, but they have all been ruined a long time ago.

Seeing this I thought I might be interested if it was around £5k......

£16K!!!! rofl

Krikkit

20,985 posts

145 months

Wednesday 7th April
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pb8g09 said:
Certainly looks the part, feels like it's lacking in the output department.

Is it really a 'good enough' car to bother collecting? (i.e. willing to shell that money on)
Price aside, 180hp in 1100-odd kg seems reasonable to me.

Dombilano

171 posts

19 months

Wednesday 7th April
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One for the (limited surely) Fiat/Abarth collectors, I'm sure they'll appreciate the rusty wheel hub bolts.

howardhughes

536 posts

168 months

Wednesday 7th April
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16k dream on. For that money I'll head toward an S3 or M140i

NDNDNDND

1,286 posts

147 months

Wednesday 7th April
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Crack pipe.

TNH

504 posts

111 months

Wednesday 7th April
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I had a regular Grande Punto sporting back in 2008 and loved the way it looked. Always thought the evo facelift ruined the looks to be honest so would rather have a regular essesse pre facelift.

They are not a good steer though. Extra vague steering and lots of understeer.

That being said a lot of collectible cars these days didn’t stack up against their contemporaries at the time but looked good so maybe in 10 years time this might make sense but I would predict not.

Meridius

1,514 posts

116 months

Wednesday 7th April
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I always quite liked these and stems going back to the older Punto GT and Uno Turbo IE.

There used to be a fair few of them on the roads when they were newer and then suddenly they seemed to drop off out of nowhere, this is same with some French cars like Renault Sport Megane etc, is that an indication of some issues with these cars? Or just takeover of German marques and improvements from brand like Seat?

Huwbert

8 posts

14 months

Wednesday 7th April
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Ahh, the Fiat Punto. The vehicle where if you hit anything bigger than a snail head on, all the occupants die.......

MTPLTD

12 posts

143 months

Wednesday 7th April
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Weren't the AR MiTo's based on the Punto Abarth? I had the 1.6JTDM 120 with 236lb/ft which was fairly good fun but very twitchy and a bit unsettled on the motorway.