If you happen to live in a country where you are blessed with a Fiat dealership, this might brighten your day. The Sporting arm of the Torino automaker just released a hot new Grande Punto. Joining the already varied lineup is the new Grande Punto 1.4 T-Jet Sporting. The badge is wider than the car, but the extra goodies are worth it. What you get by checking the 1.4 T-Jet Sporting box on your order sheet is a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder that puts out 120 hp. Now, that might not seem like a whole lot of ponies in the paddock, but consider that when fitted to the GP, it will return a 0-100 km/h time of 8.9 sec and a V-Max of 121 mph. Still not impressed? What if we told you this all comes with incredible economy and ultra-low emissions to boot? Like 42.8 mpg (Imperial) and 155g/km on the CO2 meter. The car is available in either three- or five-door form, with prices starting at £11,995 for the former, and £12,595 for the latter.
GRANDE PUNTO STEPS UP ANOTHER GEAR WITH NEW T-JET
Fiat's comprehensive Grande Punto range has just expanded further with the arrival of the storming new 1.4 T-Jet 120 Sporting.
This major new addition to the popular range combines performance and driving enjoyment with Fiat's advanced engine technology. The new T-Jet petrol engine uses the latest turbocharging expertise to give outstanding power and torque but with notably low emissions and fuel consumption.
Available now in both three- and five-door versions, the new Grande Punto 1.4 T-Jet 120 is based on the range's Sporting trim level, and comes packed with stylish standard equipment, including:
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Air conditioning
- Sports seats
- Leather steering wheel
- Chrome tailpipe
- Spoiler and sideskirts
- Six airbags
The new T-Jet 120 versions join the 25-strong Grande Punto range at a buoyant time – Fiat has sold more than 58,000 units in the UK since the car's introduction last year, and the combination of Grande Punto's affordable style combined with the T-Jet engine's performance, economy and low emissions, makes the car a serious proposition in a crowded segment of the market place.
The 1368cc petrol powerplant is one of a new family of turbocharged T-Jet engines that made their debut this year in Fiat's new Bravo range. Producing 120bhp and
152 lb ft of torque, this responsive new engine gives the Grande Punto a 0-62mph time of just 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 121mph. However, fuel consumption is modest, returning 42.8mpg on the combined cycle, while the engine emits just 155g/km CO2.
Recommended retail prices for the 1.4 T-Jet 120 are £11,995 for the three-door model and £12,595 for the five-door.
1.4 16v T-Jet 120 bhp
Type: 4-cylinders, 16 valves
Power: 120 bhp @ 5000 rpm
Torque: 152 lb ft @ 1750 rpm
Top speed: 121mph
Acceleration (0-62mph): 8.9 secs
Extra urban: 52.3mpg
CO2: 155 g/km