Fiat 500 Abarth Special Editions

Before you get too excited about these special Abarth models, understand that these are for the UK and we're not getting them, at least not yet – maybe we'll see it Stateside if Fiat sales need an injection next year...

The two special models are named 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione. The former isn't all that exciting compared to the American Fiat 500 Abarth anyway, basically just packaging typical aftermarket-style upgrades like 17-inch alloys, aluminum pedals, leather, Xenon headlights and red brake calipers, among other equipment. The Competizione is the interesting one, adding ungraded shocks, cross-drilled disc brake rotors, Sabelt seats and a Monza exhaust system to the equipment list.

List price for the Turismo is £17,725 (about $27,725) and the Competizione is £18,725 (roughly $29,295) and both models are available in 500C convertible guise as well. Keep in mind that like most quoted UK prices those include taxes and licensing fees.

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DETAILS OF NEW ABARTH 500 AND 595 RANGES ANNOUNCED

Two new model names herald the UK arrival of the new high-performance Abarth 500 and 595 ranges.

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)

All models are available through Abarth's UK network of 24 dealers.