Abarth 595 Turismo unveiled ahead of the 2011 Bologna Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 22, 2011

The 160hp version of the Fiat 500 Abarth has made its North American debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. This vehicle made a strong impression on its promotional campaign, which included a commercial that continues to be talked about today. Fiat’s Italian in-house tuning division revealed that it has prepared a lineup that will be displayed at the 2011 Bologna Motor Show that opens Dec. 3.

A couple of production 595 Abarths -- the 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione -- were already unveiled before the official debut. These are both powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with an output of 160 hp, enabling the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in 7.4 seconds while achieving a top speed of 211km/h (131mph). The standard equipment on the Turismo includes an electrically-operated manual transmission that come with controls on the steering wheel.

Instead of the shifter, it features control setting buttons similar to those on a Lambo. The body gets a two-tone black on red scheme finish. It is also equipped with a set of 17-inch wheels as well as other exterior modifications. Inside the 595 Turismo, we see that its seats, dash and steering wheel use two-tone red and black leather.

Fiat 500 Abarth interprets its design based on the company’s long-standing tradition of style. As years go by however, the car considerably improves most especially when it comes to performance. The best example of this practice can be seen on the new elements that deliver better functionality and aerodynamics.

The new Abarth comes with the extended roof spoilers and slide that enhances the airflow around the rear bumper and underbody. The slide and spoilers play a significant role in enhancing the tyre grip and reducing the drag. Aside from adding visual appeal, the slits at the front bumper help in cooling the two intercoolers along the sides. Similarly, the slide sitting next to the exhaust pipe is linked to the Scorpion single silencer positioned across the exits.

Newly enhanced vertical profile reveals the curve-embracing new side skirts. This new element on the side also delivers better Cd value. Still, the most prominent GT equipment you’ll ever see here are the three associated air intakes. The first is the central inlet with a size that is something out of the ordinary. Next are the much wider slits at the upper section.

The third goes to the sides of the bumper consisting of two nostrils. Altogether, these highly sufficient air intakes are in parallel with the two identical intercoolers on both ends. To provide the needed space for the turbo-blower, the nose was adjusted forward similar to the 1000TC and 850TC Abarths from the previous generations.

Press Release

Details Of New Abarth 500 And 595 Ranges Announced

An overhaul of the original and highly successful Abarth 500 line-up signifies a milestone in the development of the historic Scorpion brand. And to celebrate that history, two new versions of the sporting hatchback and convertible have been revealed: the 595 Turismo and the 595 Competizione.

Both of these cars will come as standard with a 160bhp version of the turbocharged 1.4 T-Jet engine, to offer greater choice for customers in terms of enhanced standard specifications.

The original Abarth 500 will remain as an entry-level model, though a new colour, and extra standard equipment has been added, while the on-the-road price has been reduced. An esseesse higher performance option will continue to be available for the Abarth 500 as part of a dealer upgrade kit.

All three new versions will be available in manual form or with Abarth's MTA (Manual Transmission Automated) semi-automatic gearbox.

"When the ground-breaking Abarth 595 SS was created in 1964 it established itself as a genuine performance car and a force to be reckoned with on and off the circuits," says Ivan Gibson, head of Abarth in the UK. "It is therefore fitting that our two new versions revive the great 595 brand in the form of the Turismo and the Competizione.

"While the Abarth 500 is positioned as an entry point for customers to gain access to the brand, the 595 models will now allow customers to progress or renew their Abarth experience and will also attract new drivers to the marque."

Abarth 500

Main standard features:
1.4-litre T-Jet engine 135bhp (manual) 140bhp (MTA)
'Corsa' pack including Inox pedals, footrest and door kick-plates
Sport mode
16-inch alloy wheels
Air conditioning
Front fog lights
Rear parking sensors
Leather gear lever surround
Four pastel colours

Price (MTA):
500 - £13,975 (£15,275)
500C - £15,875 (£17,175)

Abarth 595 Turismo

Main standard features:
1.4-litre T-Jet engine 160bhp (manual and MTA)
'Turismo' pack including Alutex pedals, footrest and door kick-plates, bespoke floor mats, machined aluminium fuel and oil filler caps
Dark tinted rear windows
Upgraded front and rear dampers
Automatic climate control
Leather upholstery
17-inch 10-spoke Diamond finish alloy wheels
Xenon headlights
Red brake callipers
Titanium Grey front and rear sports grilles
10 exterior colours

Price (MTA):
500 - £17,725 (£19,025)
500C - £19,625 (£20,925)

Abarth 595 Competizione

Main standard features:
1.4-litre T-Jet engine 160bhp (manual and MTA)
'Competizione' pack including aluminium pedals, footrest and door kick-plates, bespoke floor mats, machined aluminium fuel and oil filler caps
Dark tinted rear windows
Upgraded front and rear dampers
Cross-drilled front and rear disc brakes
Sabelt seats in fabric upholstery
Monza exhaust upgrade
17-inch, 5-spoke Anthracite/Diamond finish alloy wheels
Xenon headlights
Red brake callipers
Titanium Grey front and rear sports grilles
10 exterior colours

Price (MTA):
500 - £18,725 (20,025)
500C - £20,625 (£21,925)

Topics: abarth, fiat, fiat 500

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