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Peter Anderson | Sep 19, 2012

Fiat's Abarth 500 range now has two more variants, with more power and more choice for the Italian rocket. The new models will be shown at next week's Paris Motor Show.

In Europe, the range now spans a base Abarth 500 (along with a price drop), the Essesse, the Turismo, the Competizione and the Edizione Maserati. The 695 Tributo Ferrari remains at the top of the tree.

While the standard Abarth continues to make do with 100kW, or 104kW depending on transmission, for the Turismo and Competizione the 1.4 litre turbo is tuned for 118kW and 230Nm.

Inside the cabin, the 595 Turismo is lavished with aluminium trim pieces, pedals, Turismo floor mats and tinted windows.

Both models are offered with a selection of of 17-inch alloy wheel designs, wrapped in 205/40 tyres. The chassis is tightened up with Koni shocks front and rear.

You'll be able to spot the Turismo by its grey grilles front and back, red brake calipers and xenon headlights. There's also an exclusive range of colours and three two-tone colour schemes and prominent badging.

The 595 Competizione adds to the Turismo package with cross-drilled brakes and a Monza exhaust upgrade. The exhaust is a dual-mode exhaust, opening up in sport mode to improve response and, no doubt, the noise.

Fiat claims a 0-100km/h time of 7.9 seconds and a Euro-combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 5.4l/100km.

All models can be had with the roll-back canvas roof for wind-across-the-head motoring and the semi-automatic paddleshift can be specified over the five-speed manual.

The 695 Edizione Maserati is aimed just below the Tributo Ferrari. Offered only as a convertible, power jumps again, to 134kW.

fiat 500 595 turismo 05

The extra grunt drops another half second off the dash to 100km/h.

The Maserati has its own design of alloys, has the Abarth Competizione semi-auto, Monza exhaust and grey-painted four-piston brake calipers clamping 305mm rotors as standard.

Inside, the Maserati has a bespoke interior, JBL/Harman nine speaker stereo, Jaeger-designed instrument pack and aluminium bits and pieces.

Just 499 of the Edizione Maserati will be built while the Turismo and Competizione are part of the ongoing range.

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