Tiny Abarth bridges the gap

Riley Riley

Since its launch last September the Abarth 595 has been in hot demand.

The pocket rocket has just been updated with the addition Fiat’s award winning Uconnect 7.0-inch infotainment screen, featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The 595’s track-tested, turbocharged 1.4-litre engine produces 103kW of power and 206Nm, and is paired with a slick five-speed manual as standard.

It will accelerate to 100km/h in just 7.9 seconds, and on to a top speed of 205km/h and is designed to bridge the gap between the Fiat 500 range and the other performance variants of the Abarth range.

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Revised features and price positioning have obviously resonated with buyers, with sales up more than 300 per cent since the introduction of the new model.

Distinctive yet affordable, the 595 version is the entry point into Abarth ownership, priced from $26,990 or $29,990 for the convertible.

Taking compact performance to the next level, the 595 Competizione is designed for those with a passion for performance and uncompromising sportiness.

Priced from $31,990 It embodies the typical values of Italian GTs, but in a compact format designed for urban use.

The Competizione is also available as a convertible, priced from $35,990.

With a focus on performance and functionality, the Abarth 595 comes equipped with ventilated disc brakes with red calipers, air conditioning, a 7.0-inch TFT display, fog lights, reverse parking sensors, 16-inch alloys, Abarth side stripe and mirror cover, steel pedals, Abarth fabric seats and tinted windows.

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Helping the driver get power to ground is an Abarth-tuned Torque Transfer Control (TTC) system.

TTC is designed to control and transfer the engine’s torque to the drive wheels for world-class performance and improved at-the-limit handling.

It’s a differential locking system that uses the mechanical differential as a reactive element in the transmission to control torque via the brake system and electronic stability program (ESP) sensors.

ESP enables the Abarth 595 to transfer torque from a front wheel that slips, to one that grips.

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