Title: Fiat Grande Punto Abarth
Location: North England
Description: Jethro joins the launch of the Fiat Grande Punto Abarth.
For a segment so packed with metal the pecking order in the world of the hot hatch is usually pretty predictable.
Not because most of the contenders are bad, but because the class-leaders are so good. For what seems like forever the best hatches have been the Renault Clio 197 and Mini Cooper S. Sure, you can find different flavours – the Corsa VXR is fantastic if you want visual impact and big-turbo torque, the Fiesta ST Mountune has a sublime chassis – but for all round appeal, for performance and a poised chassis, the Renault and Mini are irresistible. But now there’s a new contender with a great name, some serious hardware and, we hope, a sprinkling of Italian magic. The Fiat Grande Punto Abarth could just break up the Renault/Mini hegemony.