Sporting return for supermini Punto

Sporting return for supermini Punto

The sporting trim level Punto has been restored to the range after Fiat bowed to consumer demand.

Although it won't have the higher-powered engines of past versions, the Sporting has been brought back at the expense of the TwinAir and Lounge, both of which have been deleted.

The Sporting name has been missing from the Punto since the model dropped the 'Evo' suffix. However, 'sporting' the name appears though, the most powerful engine available in the revised version will be 103bhp in the lightly-turbocharged 1.4 petrol. A cheaper option will be the 77bhp normally-aspirated 1.4.

Prices for the Sporting start at £12,355 and rise to £13,955 with options.Car insurance and breakdown cover deals are also available.

For that money, the customer gets a body-coloured rear spoiler and side skirts, a gloss black painted roof, specific 'Sporting' dark headlamps, gloss black electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, front fog lights with cornering function, dark tinted privacy glass, chrome exhaust tailpipe and 16-inch seven-spoke two-tone black Sportline alloy wheels as standard equipment.

Internally there is a special 'Tarmac finish' dashboard to compliment a black interior roof lining and leather trim for the gear knob, handbrake lever and steering wheel.

Elena Bernardelli, marketing director for Fiat UK spoke of how the Fiat Punto had always been a popular choice in the supermini segment. Ms Bernardelli added: "This popularity is set to continue as the revised Punto range offers customers a stylish, safe, fun to drive package with enhanced levels of specification, wider choice and outstanding value-for-money."

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