Following the launch of the new roadster, 124 Spider, Abarth makes waves again. After Fiat updated the 500 model for the current century, the 595 “pocket rocket” has been all over invigorated by the Abarth division. More power and more technology options, that’s the facelifted 2016 Abarth 595 hatchback can boast, alongside with more aggressive appearance, a revamped interior, a fresh U-Connect system and a revised engine. The hot Scorpio performance car is expected to hit local dealers in June, priced from $27,500 (or £15,090).
With a harsher body kit, the new model differentiates greatly from regular versions. Available as a convertible or a hatchback, the stunning 595 drops in three trim levels – it comes to an entry-level 145-hp 595 model, a compact-sized Garret-turbine 165-hp 595 Turismo and a top-notch 180-hp 595 Competizione. They each are claimed to be a perfect choice for those drivers who appreciate performance and driving pleasure expressing the branded Abarth spirit. The 595 is considered to be the only vehicle in the segment to feature a limited slip differential (the mechanical latter will be available on the Competizione only). As standard, the hatchback is equipped with five-speed manual gearbox but semi-auto five-speed gearbox with shift paddles is optional. To increase the power, the exterior has been also revised in terms of performance. Along with the more aggressive body including a more pronounced diffuser, specific bumper inserts and massive air intakes, the headlight ring-shaped clusters with polyelliptical headlights should also be mentioned.
The Abarth 595 looks completely reimagined in terms of the interior too; the up-market model now boasts high-end materials including carbon fiber and Alcantara to point out the exclusiveness of the model. A wide array of color palette boggles the mind: the 595 model will be offered in at least 15 color choices.