Fiat Punto HGT

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nternally codenamed Project 176, the Punto was announced in September 1993 and launched in early 1994 as a replacement for the aging Fiat Uno. The Punto was voted European Car of the Year for 1995. The Punto’s distinctive clean-cut styling by Giorgetto Giugiaro was an instant hit (though one of the car’s most recognisable features, the vertical tail lights, were not part of Giugiaro’s original design and were in fact added later in-house at Fiat). Competitive pricing which undercut rivals such as the Opel Corsa and Volkswagen Polo also helped the Punto become an instant success in the marketplace.fiat-punto-hgt-evoluzione-novitec-x-one-blu-ii-serie-lato-destro-copy.jpg

Entry-level in the Punto range were the 1.1 and 1.2 L petrol engines and the 1.7 diesel engine. The 1.2 engine’s actual capacity is 1.242 liters, available in 2 versions. The first, was fitted in the Punto ELX 75 and produced 75 HP at 6000 RPM while the second, fitted to Punto ELX 85 produced 86 HP at 6000 RPM. Both came with a 5 speed manual gearbox. A 1.6 Sporting was also available producing 88bhp (replaced in 1997 by the more economic 16 valve 1.2 unit), but the best performing version was the 136 PS (134 hp/100 kW) 1.4 GT using an evolution of the turbocharged 128 SOHC engine originally found in the Fiat Uno Turbo Mk II- capable of running over 200 km/h (124 mph) and reaching 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 7.9 seconds. This car was also fitted with a 5-speed manual gearbox, with different gear ratios than the ELX series. During the years the GT was made in three different “series” with power 136 PS (134 hp/100 kW) (1993-1995),133 PS (131 hp/98 kW) (1995-1997) and 130 PS (128 hp/96 kW) (1997-1999). A cabriolet (convertible) version was also available; built by Bertone (rather than at the main Fiat factory) it featured a powered fully-retracting roof and was one of the cheapest open-top cars in the world at the time.

Particular version of the Mark I Punto were the Punto 6Speed, a 1.1 FIRE Punto 55 with a 6-speed gearbox, the Punto Selecta, the only Punto in history with the automatic gearbox, and the Punto ED (Economical Drive), a 1.1 Punto whose 5-speed geabox was designed for high fuel efficiency.

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Body style(s) 3/5-door hatchback
Engine(s) 1.2 L 8v I4
1.2 L 16v I4
1.8 L 16v I4
1.9 L I4 diesel
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
6-speed manual (Sporting)
6 or 7-speed CVT/semi-auto (Speedgear)
Wheelbase 2460 mm (96.9 in)
Length 3800 mm (149.6 in)
Width 1660 mm (65.4 in)
Height 1480 mm (58.3 in)
Curb weight 860–1050 kg (1895–2314 lb)
Fuel capacity 47 L (10.3 Imp. gallons)
(12.4 U.S. gal)

The second generation Nuova (New) Punto, codenamed Project 188, was launched in 1999. The styling was all-new while retaining the original Punto’s distinctive shape and design, while the chassis and interior were completely overhauled. The new Punto also became the first Fiat in decades to carry the original round Fiat badge, to celebrate Fiat’s centenary.

The 1.1 and 1.4 turbo engines were discontinued due to emissions issues, and the entry-level models had only a 1.2 petrol unit (with either 8 or 16 valves, giving 60 and 80 hp respectively) or a 1.9 diesel (with or without common-rail injection). Two sporty versions vere offered. The 1.2 16 valve Sporting model, complete with 6 speed gearbox, and the hot 1.8 HGT which could reach almost 130 mph. The HGT accelerates 0-60 in 8.2 seconds, it was considered a big improvement in handling over the Mark 1 GT.

The Mark two Fiat Punto has also adopted Dualdrive electric power steering and comes with two operation modes, using an electric motor, rather than a hydraulic pump driven by the engine. This results in reduced fuel consumption and less environmental impact. It has a fuel economy of 31.7 mpg – urban and 58.4 mpg – extra urban for the 1.7 diesel. The 1.8 petrol does 31.7 mpg – urban and 48.7 – extra urban.

Performance
0-60 mph 8.6 seconds.
Top Speed 125 mph | 201.1 km/h Similar top speeds

Engine
Engine Configuration I
Cylinders 4
Aspiration/Induction Normal
Displacement 1747.00 cc | 106.6 cu in. | 1.7 L.
Valves 16 valves.
4 valves per cylinder.
Valvetrain DOHC
Horsepower 130.00 BHP (95.7 KW) @ 6300.00 RPM
Torque 121.00 Ft-Lbs (164.1 NM) @ 4300.00 RPM
HP to Weight Ratio 17.6 LB / HP (Vehicles with similar ratio)
HP / Liter 76.5 BHP / Liter
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Transmission Information
Gears 5
Transmission Manual

Dimensions
Bed Length 55.00
Seating Capacity 4
Exterior
Length 149.601 in | 3799.9 mm.
Width 65.401 in | 1661.2 mm.
Height 58.301 in | 1480.8 mm.
Wheelbase 96.901 in | 2461.3 mm.
Vehicles with similar dimensions

Steering
Rack and Pinion with Power Assist

Tires / Wheels
Tires 185/55 R15 V

Scribbled on January 26th 2008 in Fiat, Fiat Punto, Pictures
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