Fiat announces details of Abarth 500 and 595 ranges in the UK

Article by Christian A., on August 5, 2012

Soon to make their arrival in the UK are two new versions of the sporting hatchback and convertible -- the 595 Turismo and the 595 Competizione. These mark the launch of the new high-performance Abarth 500 and 595 ranges in the market. The brand considers the overhaul of the original and very successful Abarth 500 range to be a milestone.

The two cars will have a 160bhp version of the turbocharged 1.4 T-Jet engine as standard equipment. They will give consumers more choices when it comes to improved standard specifications. The original Abarth 500 will still be the entry-level model. However, its price is lower and the automaker has added a new color and some additional standard equipment.

An esseesse higher performance option will still be offered for the Abarth 500 as part of a dealer upgrade kit. These three new versions will be offered with the manual version. Consumers may also ask for Abarth’s MTA (Manual Transmission Automated) semi-automatic gearbox.

The Abarth 500 is priced from £15,275, while the Abarth 500C costs £17,175. For the Abarth 595 Turismo you will have to pay £19,025, while for the convertible version you need £20,925. The Abarth 595 Competizione will be priced from £20,025, while the convertible version will cost £21,925.

Ivan Gibson, head of Abarth in the UK, said that when the pioneering Abarth 595 SS was built in 1964, it considered itself as a genuine performance car and as a force to be reckoned with. It’s a good fit that its two new versions will revive the iconic 595 brand in the form of the Turismo and the Competizione. The Abarth 500 is the entry model while the 595 models will permit customers to progress or restore their Abarth experience and will also reel in new drivers to the brand. 

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth takes further the new 500 hatchback model’s city-friendly proportions as well as its iconic Cinquecento cues with stylistic approach to high-performance functionality and exterior aerodynamics.

Speaking of aerodynamics, this is improved through a more pronounced front fascia, pushed 2.7 inches ahead of the new 500 Abarth’s signature whiskers-and-logo face. This is reminiscent of the Abarth stylistic treatments applied by the vintage 1000 TC and 850 TC models. And while the new 500 Abarth improves aerodynamics, it also creates the engine compartment space needed for the new 1.4L MultiAir Turbo engine.

In continuation of the 500 Abarth's one-of-a-kind aerodynamic design treatment for the front, the Abarth signature shield floats on a finned surface, which serves as additional air intake. And below, the air intakes’ "triptych" consists of three inlets possessing broader openings compared to the Fiat 500. Meanwhile, a blacked-out fascia accent has integrated projector-beam fog lamps for a more aggressive look and helps direct the air to cool the engine. Twin "nostrils" are fitted precisely on the front fascia so as to maximize the airflow from and to the engine intercoolers, which can be both seen through the "nostril" inlets.

Additionally, the Abarth-designed side skirts are more aggressive, thus giving an athletic and vertical profile while also highlighting the Fiat 500 Abarth’s iconic curves. Furthermore, the Abarth-designed 16” cast-aluminum wheels, or the optional 17” lightweight forged-aluminum ones, fill the car’s flared wheel arches as well as provide ventilation for its performance brake system. Both of these wheel designs make the lacquered Rosso brake calipers visible.

Topics: fiat, fiat 500, abart, uk

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