The Abarth 500’s have always been rapid cars. Mainly due to the very little weight and peaky 1.4 turbo motors. A while back, a good friend of mine owned one of these, complete with a tuning box to add a little more spice. We have no trouble sticking to the rear end of the Audi A6 – 3.0 Quattro. That little car was immense, it flew in 2nd and 3rd, sadly the tuning box had to be removed as it very nearly destroyed the turbo.
The new Abarth 595 is here, and with power produced by the Competizione, it really won’t need any sort of tuning box to upset the bigger boys. Everything you need to know about the new 595 is below.
The new Abarth will feature three engine specifications. All Engines will remain 1400cc T-Jet and have the option of a manual or sequential transmission.
Abarth 595 : 106Kw (142bhp) – 206Nm
Abarth 595 Turismo: 121kW (162bhp) – 230Nm
Abarth 595 Competizione: 132Kw (176bhp) – 250Nm
The latter in the range has the optional Performance Pack available, which features a mechanical limited-slip differential, 17” Supersport wheels, carbon fibre shell seats with a leather/Alcantara trimming and an aluminium carved 595 badge on the roof. That’s a strange one.
The new Abarth 595 will be available in 15 exterior colours, with the option of bi-colour schemes, mirror covers and decal sets. Further to this, you have the option to choose from eleven alloy wheel choices, in either 16” or 17”.
The Abarth 595 also features new front and rear light clusters and LED running lights.
A black fabric interior is standard on all models. with the option of seven trim levels, including leather and Alcantara options. Also as standard is Air- Conditioning, electric windows, 7” Display with advanced sport mode, Bluetooth integration and steering wheel controls.
Also, an optional extra on the 595 Turismo and Competizione is the BeatsAudio system, which first featured on the VW Polo Beats. This system has a total output of 440 watts and will surely be an impressive system in the small 595.
Abarth 595 – R299,950
Abarth 595 Cabrio – R339,950
Abarth 595 Turismo – R369,950
Abarth 595 Turismo Cabrio – R409,950
Abarth 595 Competizione – R443,950
Abarth 595 Competizione Cabrio – R483,950