Three powered-up and specially tuned ‘595’ models in Fiat’s Abarth 500 range have hit Australia this week, injecting new heat into the city car range.
Replacing the current Esseesse models are the entry 595 Turismo hatch and the top-spec 595 Competizione hatch and cabrio.
Importantly, the debut of these two specials also sees the price of entry into a hotted-up 500 slashed, with the Abarth range starting at $33,500 - down from $34,990 for the outgoing Esseesse.
You’ll hand over more to get into the feature-packed Competizione models however, which are priced from $36,500 for the hatch and $39,000 for the cabrio (a little more than the $38,990 Essesse cabrio it replaces).
The new trio is again powered by a turbocharged 1.4 litre four-cylinder petrol engine, delivering 118kW at 5500rpm and 230Nm at 3000rpm.
(A special 50th Anniversary model arrived a few months ago, producing 132kW and 250Nm - but it was limited to just 50 units.)
All three variants are equipped with a five-speed manual as standard, but the five-speed Dualogic automated manual can be optioned for another $2000.
Fiat promises a 0-100km/h time of 7.4 seconds with the manual, rising to 7.6 seconds for the auto.
Fuel use is listed at 5.4 and 5.3 l/100km respectively.
Along with their sporty engine, the Abarth models ride lower on firmed-up MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion-beam arrangement at the rear. Holding things down at the rear are Koni dampers and an anti-roll bar.
Diamond-finish 17-inch 10-spoke wheels are standard with the Turismo, wrapped in 205/40 R17 rubber.
Cross-drilled and ventilated brakes feature all round, measuring 284mm at the front and 240mm at the rear.
Upgrade to the 595 Competizione and there’s a darker version of the 17-inch wheels, grey racing stripes, a dual-mode ‘Record Monza’ exhaust that opens up the pipes above 4000rpm, and yellow calipers in place of the Turismo’s red.
The updated Fiat 500’s new seven-inch colour instrument cluster is also featured, but with the addition of a digital G-Force meter and a boost-pressure gauge.
The Turismo gets two-tone leather seats and leather floor mats with aluminium highlights, ‘Alutex’ glass fibre shifter and pedals, and tinted rear window.
The Competizione adds Sabelt-made Abartha Corsa seats, climate control, carbon-fibre kick-plate and aluminum pedals.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- Turismo hatch - $33,500
- Competizione hatch - $36,500
- Competizione convertible - $39,000
- (Dualogic auto adds $2000)