Abarth 595 Competizione
The new Abarth 595 made its world premier in Bologna. This model ratifies the return to the concept of "deriving" standard models on which Karl Abarth built the Scorpion legend more than 60 years ago. With this new model the brand further expands the Abarth 500 range and is arriving with two customizations, "turismo" and "competizione". They address two different targets - the first more attentive to personality and comfort and the second more "racing purist" - but they both have one fundamental aspect in common: passion for the sportiness that distinguishes all Abarth models.
In both customizations the car is fitted with a 1.4 Turbo T-Jet engines whose power has been increased to a good 160 HP (118 kW) with the use of the standard engine customization kit. The engine is a 1368 cm3 4 cylinder 16 valve unit (turbocharged with a fixed-geometry IHI turbocharger) that delivers exhilarating performance. Torque is 230 Nm at 3000 rpm in Sport mode. Top speed is 211 km/h while acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes place in just 7.4 seconds. This is partly achieved by the over boost function, activated by the "Sport" button that modulates control unit mapping and turbo pressure in addition to load on the steering wheel. Yet this typically Abarth performance comes with very frugal fuel consumption: 6.5 l/100 km over a combined cycle.
In terms of safety, the Abarth 595 follows the top standards the Abarth 500 guarantees. As on all the other Abarths, it offers standard the TTC (Torque Transfer Control) device that by improving the transfer of drive torque to the wheels, enhances the car road holding without compromising the fun to drive it. The car is equipped as standard with Xenon headlights with dipped and main beam functions for improved light emission and excellent efficiency under all weather conditions. These elements deliver three times the light intensity and duration of standard halogen lamp headlights.
The car is offered in two different customizations. With the "turismo" styling, the Abarth 595 is designed for everyone who loves sportiness and performance, and at the same time wants elegance and personality. Abarth is bringing back a few trend-setting elements with this customization that have already in the past distinguished another highly successful car, the Abarth 500 Convertible. First and foremost is the two-tone livery which is being presented for the first time on a saloon. It is embellished with the revival of the historic 595 logo in aluminum on the side panel and tailgate, the latter further personalized with the aluminum Turismo graphics. Gran Turismo inspired titanium-colored 17" alloy wheels contribute to the car's elegance. The Abarth 595 "turismo" offers as standard the electrically-operated manual Competizione gearbox with controls on the steering wheel, which exalts engine performance by reducing gearshift times. The gearshift paddles are placed on the sporty black leather steering wheel with perforated ears, which enhances the interiors together with the red leather sports seats. The attention to detail that makes this customization of the Abarth 595 unique is also emphasized by the special "flocking" treatment for the central tunnel and dashboard. It is the first time a state-of-the-art treatment in the fashion and design industry is applied to the automotive field. Pedal unit, kick plate and gearbox trim in the costly Alutex aluminum glass fiber material complete the standard equipment.
The second customization, "competizione", is dedicated to the more extreme sports enthusiasts, to the true "racing purists", and is distinguished by elements that exalt its performance and sports car features to the utmost. The first element on the Abarth 595 "Competizione" is the 5-speed MT (Manual Transmission) gearbox that exalts personal driving style through a more direct relationship with the car. The metallic Grigio Record livery is completed with 17" titanium-colored alloy wheels whose design is borrowed from Racing, with yellow Brembo brake calipers. Like for the "turismo" version, the side panel and tailgate are respectively embellished with the 595 and 595 "competizione" logo, both in aluminum.
The interiors also have a sporty and aggressive personality thanks to the "Abarth Corsa by Sabelt" leather and natural leather-colored alcantara seats bearing the 595 logo embroidered on the integrated headrest. Special materials have been used to enhance the dashboard. Their appearance and finish call metal to mind to further accentuate the technical and sporty personality of this customization. The same treatment is adopted for the backrest of the seats. Lastly, the gear lever knob made of Ergal, kick plate, pedal unit and aluminum running board - all decorated with the Abarth motifs - draw on the outfitting found on racing cars. Completing the characterization are side bands in the shade of matte titanium, also applied on the door mirror fairings.
To exalt the performance of the Abarth 595 even more, customization kits for setup and brakes are available for both versions. They guarantee a unique driving experience in terms of performance, handling and safety. Safety is always the focus with an Abarth tuning, and with these two kits the braking system is strengthened and the ride is adjusted. The first fits perforated, self-ventilated front disc brakes (diameter 284 mm x 22 mm), perforated rear disc brakes (diameter 240 mm x 11 mm), and high performance front brake pads, whereas the second provides front and rear Koni shock absorbers with FSD valve, and specific red springs set lower than those on the original car.
To further confirm the search for the maximum level of customization of the Abarth 595, and following the successful example already tried out on the "Abarth 500 Cabrio Italia" Limited Edition, the special Tramontano leather bags "Tribute to Abarth" are available. They are also in the "turismo" and "competizione" versions, matching the interior shade of the two customizations.
Source: Abarth press