Italian auto maker Fiat is doing its best to challenge the dominance of MINI in the subcompact car market with its own Fiat 500. Following the introduction of Fiat 500 Abarth to potential customers in North America at last week's L.A. Auto Show, its Abarth performance division is putting the final touches on two new Fiat 500-base customization models, the Abarth 595 Turismo and Competizone.
Outfitted with a 1.4 liter Turbo T-Jet engine, both editions are capable of producing 160-horsepower and acceleration of 0 to 62 mph in just under 7.4 seconds. Inspired by the successful Abarth 500 Convertible and the traditions of Gran Turismo, the Abarth 595 Turismo features a two-tone styling, a first for the car. Specially designed graphics in aluminum and titanium-colored 17" alloy wheels, this special edition exalts the notion of luxury performance. Furthering the concept even more is the leather appointed interior with black steering wheel, bold red leather sport seats, along with a "flocking" treatment of the central column.
In contrast, the Abarth 595 Competizione is just that, made from competition. A 5-speed manual transmission allows precise control by the driver. Through its 17" alloy wheels are distinctive Brembo brake calipers in yellow, another performance oriented feature. Made specifically for the Competizione edition, the plush interior includes "Abarth Corsa by Sabelt" leather and alcantara seats. Emblazoned with either 595 logos or Abarth brandings, both reminders of the Abarth's heritage in performance tuning. Similar to its Fiat 500 counterpart, potential buyers can add various customizations on top of the existing features to Competizione as well as Turismo editions.
Both Fiat Abarth 595 Turismo and Abarth 595 Competizione will make their debut in Bologna Motor Show on December 3rd.
Abarth 595 "turismo" and Abarth 595 "competizione"
The new Abarth 595 is making its world premier in Bologna. This model ratifies the return to the concept of "deriving" standard models on which Karl Abarth built the Scorpion legend more than 60 years ago. With this new model the brand further expands the Abarth 500 range and is arriving with two customisations, "turismo" and "competizione". They address two different targets - the first more attentive to personality and comfort and the second more "racing purist" - but they both have one fundamental aspect in common: passion for the sportiness that distinguishes all Abarth models.
In both customisations the car is fitted with a 1.4 Turbo T-Jet engines whose power has been increased to a good 160 HP (118 kW) with the use of the standard engine customisation kit. The engine is a 1368 cm3 4 cylinder 16 valve unit (turbocharged with a fixed-geometry IHI turbocharger) that delivers exhilarating performance. Torque is 230 Nm at 3000 rpm in Sport mode. Top speed is 211 km/h while acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes place in just 7.4 seconds. This is partly achieved by the over boost function, activated by the "Sport" button that modulates control unit mapping and turbo pressure in addition to load on the steering wheel. Yet this typically Abarth performance comes with very frugal fuel consumption: 6.5 l/100 km over a combined cycle.
In terms of safety, the Abarth 595 follows the top standards the Abarth 500 guarantees. As on all the other Abarths, it offers standard the TTC (Torque Transfer Control) device that by improving the transfer of drive torque to the wheels, enhances the car road holding without compromising the fun to drive it. The car is equipped as standard with Xenon headlights with dipped and main beam functions for improved light emission and excellent efficiency under all weather conditions. These elements deliver three times the light intensity and duration of standard halogen lamp headlights.
The car is offered in two different customisations. With the "turismo" styling, the Abarth 595 is designed for everyone who loves sportiness and performance, and at the same time wants elegance and personality. Abarth is bringing back a few trend-setting elements with this customisation that have already in the past distinguished another highly successful car, the Abarth 500 Convertible. First and foremost is the two-tone livery which is being presented for the first time on a saloon. The car on display at the stand in Bologna flaunts a two-tone metallic Rosso Officina and Grigio Pista livery with white liner. It is embellished with the revival of the historic 595 logo in aluminium on the side panel and tailgate, the latter further personalised with the aluminium Turismo graphics. Gran Turismo inspired titanium-coloured 17" alloy wheels contribute to the car's elegance. The Abarth 595 "turismo" offers as standard the electrically-operated manual Competizione gearbox with controls on the steering wheel, which exalts engine performance by reducing gearshift times. The gearshift paddles are placed on the sporty black leather steering wheel with perforated ears, which enhances the interiors together with the red leather sports seats. The attention to detail that makes this customisation of the Abarth 595 unique is also emphasised by the special "flocking" treatment for the central tunnel and dashboard. It is the first time a state-of-the-art treatment in the fashion and design industry is applied to the automotive field. Pedal unit, kick plate and gearbox trim in the costly Alutex aluminium glass fibre material complete the standard equipment.
The second customisation, "competizione", is dedicated to the more extreme sports enthusiasts, to the true "racing purists", and is distinguished by elements that exalt its performance and sports car features to the utmost. The first element on the Abarth 595 "Competizione" is the 5-speed MT (Manual Transmission) gearbox that exalts personal driving style through a more direct relationship with the car. The metallic Grigio Record livery is completed with 17" titanium-coloured alloy wheels whose design is borrowed from Racing, with yellow Brembo brake calipers. Like for the "turismo" version, the side panel and tailgate are respectively embellished with the 595 and 595 "competizione" logo, both in aluminium.
The interiors also have a sporty and aggressive personality thanks to the "Abarth Corsa by Sabelt" leather and natural leather-coloured alcantara seats bearing the 595 logo embroidered on the integrated headrest. Special materials have been used to enhance the dashboard. Their appearance and finish call metal to mind to further accentuate the technical and sporty personality of this customisation. The same treatment is adopted for the backrest of the seats. Lastly, the gear lever knob made of Ergal, kick plate, pedal unit and aluminium running board - all decorated with the Abarth motifs - draw on the outfitting found on racing cars. Completing the characterisation are side bands in the shade of matte titanium, also applied on the door mirror fairings.
To exalt the performance of the Abarth 595 even more, customisation kits for setup and brakes are available for both versions. They guarantee a unique driving experience in terms of performance, handling and safety. Safety is always the focus with an Abarth tuning, and with these two kits the braking system is strengthened and the ride is adjusted. The first fits perforated, self-ventilated front disc brakes (diameter 284 mm x 22 mm), perforated rear disc brakes (diameter 240 mm x 11 mm), and high performance front brake pads, whereas the second provides front and rear Koni shock absorbers with FSD valve, and specific red springs set lower than those on the original car.
To further confirm the search for the maximum level of customisation of the Abarth 595, and following the successful example already tried out on the "Abarth 500 Cabrio Italia" Limited Edition, the special Tramontano leather bags "Tribute to Abarth" are available. They are also in the "turismo" and "competizione" versions, matching the interior shade of the two customisations. These bags will become available in all the shades of leather used for Abarth 500 interiors starting in December.