Set to debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month, the Fiat 500C Abarth EsseEsse (pronounced ‘SS’) is powered by a 120 kW 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing 230 Nm of torque – up from 105 kW and 206 Nm for the ‘regular’ 500C Abarth. The 0 – 100km/h sprint is covered in 7.5 seconds, slicing more than half a second from the 500C Abarth’s 8.1 second shuffle. Top speed is listed as 210 km/h. On the styling and handling front, the 500C Abarth EsseEsse gets a unique two-tone paint scheme, along with a set of 17-inch alloy wheels.
Joining the Fiat 500C Abarth EsseEsse at Paris will be the Fiat Punto Evo EsseEsse, the power of its 1.4-litre Multiair engine boosted from 123 kW and 250 Nm of torque to 135 kW and 270 Nm. The benchmark 0 – 100 km/h run is over in 7.5 seconds – not the quickest hatch around, but no tortoise either. Larger than its 500C cousin, the Punto Evo EsseEsse gets 18-inch alloy wheels.
Both models feature an array of upgrades to the suspension, brakes and more, plus Blue&Me connectivity and Record Monza exhaust (for the 500C) and Sabelt racing buckets (for the Punto).