The new Abarth 595 range has received two new trim levels. The 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione hatch and convertible arrive to join the 595 ’50th Anniversary’, launched in May as the fastest and most powerful 595 so far.
Power comes from a 1.4-litre T-Jet turbocharged four-cylinder engine which generates 118kW and 230Nm. The feisty Italian hot hatch sprints from zero to 100km/h in 7.4secs (7.6secs using the Abarth Dualogic gearbox linked with paddle-shifters) and on to a top speed of 210km/h in manual guise and 209km/h using the Dualogic transmission.
In keeping with its reputation for pure performance, the Abarth 595 draws on its racing heritage with motorsport-tested components, including Koni front suspension with FSD (frequency selective damping), perforated and self-ventilating front brake discs and an anti-roll bar. Pushing the Sport button on the dashboard also sharpens throttle response and adds weight to the steering.
A new feature is the segment-first seven-inch TFT digital instrument display, developed in collaboration with Italian auto manufacturer Magneti Marelli, which seamlessly transforms into a race-spec style display at the push of a button, offering cornering g-force and a digital boost gauge.
The 595 Turismo captures the essence of both style and speed. It offers Abarth leather seats, Abarth diamond-finish 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels with 205/40 R17 tyres, cross drilled and self-ventilating front brake discs and Koni front suspension with FSD, which adjust to road conditions, as standard. Six bi-colour designs are available and exclusive to the Turismo.
The 595 Competizione hardtop and convertible steps up to a more race-focussed specification, with Fabric Abarth Corsa by Sabelt® bucket seats, Abarth diamond-finish five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels with anthracite background and 205/40 R17 tyres and cross drilled and self-ventilating front brake discs. There’s also the Dual Mode ‘Record Monza’ exhaust which opens at 4,000rpm for an even more aggressive sound.
The Abarth 595 claims average fuel consumption of just 5.4L/100km with a manual transmission and 5.3L/100km with the Abarth Dualogic transmission.
“The evolution of Abarth continues with two thrill-a-minute editions guaranteed to put a smile on owner’s faces.” said Fiat Chrysler Australia President & CEO, Ms Veronica Johns. “The 595 Competizione and Turismo are the most exhilarating Abarth models to date, offering all the fun, style and excitement you’d expect from a pure Italian hot hatch.”