The Fiat 500 is not your typical Petrol News car. But stick a powerful 180hp 1.4-litre engine under the bonnet, call it an ‘Abarth 595’ and then we’re very interested.
We’re telling you all this because all the details for the new Abarth 595 have just been confirmed and Lord knows, we love a pocket rocket.
Only one engine will be available in the new 595 – a 1.4-litre T-jet petrol – but buyers will be able to choose from four power output: 145, 160, 165 and 180hp.
These units come linked to a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, while the two higher-powered engines can be paired with an Abarth robotised sequential gearbox with shift paddles instead.
Similarly, these two stronger units are offered as a soft-top convertible, rather than with a fixed hard roof.
How fast does the new Abarth 595 go?
In its most potent form – the 595 Competizione – it can race up to 62mph in 6.7 seconds, while the 595 Turismo does it in 7.3 seconds.
All new 595s are equipped with the Fiat Group’s Uconnect five-inch DAB radio with touchscreen and Uconnect Live services, while the 595 Trofeo features a larger, sharper seven-inch HD touchscreen.
Other standard features include a large air scoop front end, pronounced diffuser on the rear bumper, 16-inch alloy wheels and a racing dashboard.
Second-tier Trofeo models add the new Active Record Monza exhaust, Abarth sports seats and 17-inch sports alloy wheels, while the third-rung Turismo 595 gets exclusive new ‘asphalt grey matt’ livery, Koni FSD rear shock absorbers and 17-inch light alloy wheels, satin chrome trim and mirror caps and tinted windows.
An advanced technical carbon fibre front splitter and carbon mirror caps can be added as an option.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “Any petrolhead can appreciate the transformation the 500 undergoes to become the highly excitable 595. It’s impossible not to love this pocket rocket.”
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