Refreshed 2016 Abarth 595 facelift revealed

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Following the launch of Abarth 124 spider, the brand with the Scorpion trademark is generating buzz again. Available as a hatchback or convertible, the new Abarth 595 is offered with three trim levels – 595, 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione. Many of the upgrades introduced are the result of experience gained with the development of the 695 Biposto, dubbed the “smallest supercar”.

The 595 version is the Abarth entry level model offers all the standard equipment needed to ensure typical Scorpion enjoyment and driving pleasure. The 595 is claimed to be the ideal base for drivers who want to tune their car over time and make it unique.

The 595 Competizione and 595 Turismo versions express other two distinctive souls of Abarth. The Competizione, more “purist”, is designed for those who love performance and no-compromise sportiness. The Turismo, on the other hand, makes reference to the typical values of the Italian GTs in a compact size perfect for use in cities.

Mechanically, the 1.4 T-jet engine on the 595 versions delivers 145 HP of power and 206 Nm of peak torque, while the 595 Turismo reaches 165 HP and 230 Nm. The 595 Turismo is fitted with a Garrett turbine. The 595 Competizione, with its 180 HP of power, is the car for drivers who desire racing adrenaline in terms of both performance and technical features. As standard, all variants of the 1.4 T-jet engine are paired with a mechanical five-speed gearbox but they can be fitted with an Abarth robotised sequential gearbox with shift paddles.

The new Abarth 595 is the only car in its segment to fit a mechanical limited-slip differential (Abarth D.A.M.). The Abarth mechanical limited-slip differential is available on the 595 Competizione with manual transmission and derives directly from the experience acquired on the 695 Biposto. Abarth D.A.M. is contained in the new Performance Pack – available on the New Abarth 595 Competizione with manual gearbox only – which includes 17″ Supersport rims and Sabelt leather/Alcantara seats with carbon shell, carved aluminium 595 badge and the red, white or glossy black customisation pack to personalise the look of the car.

The new Abarth 595 also fits a Sport button to change different parameters of the car: from maximum torque output to power steering calibration to get a more direct and less invasive feel. The system adjusts the accelerator pedal calibration for prompter response and the TFT instrument panel switches to racing configuration.

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On the outside, the new Abarth 595 features redesigned and an oversized air intake aimed at providing improved heat management in the engine compartment and increases cooling capacity by 18%. The rear bumper has been designed to create a more pronounced diffuser. Specific bumper inserts have also been created for each trim level. They are matte black for the 595, in matching body colour on the 595 Turismo and with the tar cold grey finish on the 595 Competizione.

The headlight clusters are also new, with polyelliptical headlights and LED daytime running lights on the entire range as standard equipment. Xenon headlights are optionally available too.

Available in 15 body colours – including pastel, metallic and three-layer paints and five two-tone liveries – the colour palette of the New Abarth 595 includes besides standard Pista Grey the exclusive Modena Yellow, until now only available on the 695 Biposto Record, the sporty and bright new Abarth Red pastel and the new three-layer Iridato White. Making their début are the three new two-colour combos: Scorpione Black/Podio Blue and Scorpione Black/Record Grey and Pista Grey/Abarth Red. Finally, three packs for customising the appearance of the car are available on demand with Abarth side sticker, mirror caps and front and rear bumper inserts in three colours: white, black or red.

The new Abarth 595 is completely new on the inside too and now features new technical materials like Alcantara and carbon fibre cleverly reassert the sporty character of the model. A new upholstery is also available on the entire range. The 595 version offers specific Abarth fabric seats characterised by extraordinary lateral support. The 595 Turismo version comes with black, tan or red leather seats, while standard on the 595 Competizione are the Corsa by Sabelt seats. The new flat bottom steering wheel with viewfinder was designed to ensure effective sporty driving. The standard steering wheel for the Competizione version is made of technical materials, such as carbon fibre and Alcantara. The dashboard fascia is specifically characterised for each version: matching body colour on 595, matte grey on 595 Turismo and tar cold grey on 595 Competizione.

The carbon dashboard fascia derived from the 695 Biposto is now available as optional equipment and may be ordered to complement the passenger compartment of the 595 Competizione even further.

Moreover, all versions are equipped with Uconnect 5″ Radio with touchscreen and Uconnect Live services as standard equipment. Uconnect 7″ HD, complete with high-def screen, navigation and DAB digital radio, is also appearing for the first time on the range. The Uconnect 7″ HD system comes with high-def screen and Abarth Telemetryun for gauging driving performance on preloaded circuits to study driving style and improve it. Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto will become available upon request on Uconnect 7″. Finally, the refined and powerful BeatsAudio system with seven speakers is making its appearance on the new Abarth 595.

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