Abarth have changed the model line-up of their 500 range, which starts 1.4 T-Jet 135hp for £14,560, rising to £32,990 for the 695 biposto 1.4 T-Jet 190hp. The new models include the new 695 biposto, a 595 Competizione, 595 Turismo and 595 50th Anniversario.
The Abarth 695 biposto which is powered by a 190hp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine is the fastest car of the bunch and is capable of 0-62 mph in 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 143 mph. It is finished in special “Grey Performance” paint colour, front, rear and roof spoilers, a Brembo braking system and can be specified with options such as a “Dog Ring” gearbox, lightweight aluminium bonnet, carbon fibre detailing and 4-point racing seatbelts.
The Abarth 595 Turismo is powered by a 160hp version of Abarth’s 1.4-litre turbocharged T-Jet engine and comes with leather sports seats; 17-inch 10-spoke diamond cut alloy wheels. A similar engine powers the 595 Competitizione, which features a dual mode ‘Record Monza’ exhaust system, perforated front and rear disc brakes and aluminium pedal kit and footrest.
There is also the limited edition Abarth 595 50th Anniversario (Anniversary Edition) has a 180hp, 1.4-litre turbocharged T-Jet engine, and features an Abarth Competizione gearbox, 305mm floating disc brakes from Brembo, the ‘Record Monza’ exhaust and 17-inch alloy wheels – only 299 will be produced.
Abarth have introduced 17 body colours across the new range in solid, metallic, tri-coat and bi-colour finishes. New hues include Cordolo Red tri-coat metallic, Circuit Grey/ Legends Blue bi-colour, Rally Beige, and Trofeo Grey.
On the inside there is a new 7-inch TFT display relaying data to driver, there are two modes: ‘normal’ which shows fuel consumption and headlight alignment, and ‘sport’ which shows performance data such as longitudinal/lateral acceleration (G-meter).Published 14 July 2014