Abarth Revives The 595
(Wednesday 1 August 2012)
Fiat's performance brand Abarth has created two new models based on its most popular car, the 500. They both use the name 595, which is of no direct relevance to the cars themselves but refers to the Abarth 595 SS introduced in 1964.
Like the 500, the 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione use a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine, but in the new cars it produces a maximum of 160bhp, a figure available to 500 owners only if they buy the optional esseesse upgrade kit.
The 595s also have uprated suspension as standard, and they share 17" wheels (though of different designs), xenon headlights, red brake calipers, Titanium Grey front and rear grilles and rear privacy glass.
Of the two, the Turismo is the more luxurious on account of its leather upholstery and automatic climate control air-conditioning. The Competizione, as its name suggests, is more about sportiness, as you'll gather from the fact that it comes with an upgraded exhaust, cross-drilled brake discs (for better cooling, so you can see how Abarth expects it to be driven) and Sabelt seats.
In hatchback form and with a manual gearbox, the Turismo costs £17,725, while the equivalent Competizione comes in at £18,725. The 500, which has now become the entry-level model, has had its price reduced by about £600 to £13,975.
In every case, automated manual transmission is available (if you must - it's not very good) for an extra £1300, and there's a convertible body style option for a further £1900.