We at Petrol News are big fans of a hot hatch, so we are very excited by the news that pricing and specs of the new Abarth 595 Trofeo have been announced.
To the untrained eye, the Abarth 595 series may look like nothing more than a Fiat 500 in a bodykit, but under-the-bonnet tweaks make it a serious competitor in the hot hatch market, and the Trofeo is no exception.
Due to go on sale in the UK later this month, the 595 Trofeo is based on the 595 Pista, which was showcased at the Geneva International Motor Show. Available in hatchback and convertible versions with a manual gearbox, both variants feature a 160bhp 1.4-litre TJet engine and Record Monza exhaust. Prices start at £17,290.
On the interior it features a Uconnect infotainment system, complete with seven-inch touchscreen. As well as featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to allow the driver to pair their smartphone to access music, maps and messaging, the system also has a novel telemetry offering.
Maps and displays of famous European racetracks are preloaded, meaning anyone who takes a 595 Trofeo to a track can benefit from real-time advice on how to improve their lap times.
Brand manager at Abarth UK Gerry Southerington described the model as "excellent value for money".
"The technology, such as the telemetry, makes it an ideal choice for customers who want to test their car’s performance on a racetrack. It’s a winning combination," he added.
This is not the first time the Trofeo name has been seen in the UK. In 2015 Abarth launched the Abarth 595 Trofeo Edition, a limited edition model. However, this new Trofeo is based on the revised 595, which offers 20bhp more than the previous model.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, adds: "It's always good to see more competition in the hot hatch market and this Abarth 595 Trofeo brings something new to the table with the telemetry offering, which is bound to appeal to track day lovers."
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