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.


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      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the FIAT 500 but I don't like the price tag.
      Schadenfreude
      • 2 Years Ago
      Want......................
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      nice, but I still wouldn't drive this miniature death trap.
        lasertekk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        And a 25,000 lb semi would be a death trap if it came into contact with a 500 ton freight train engine. It's all relative.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        IIHS / Euro NCAP 5 star crash test scores ignoramus
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        Desinerd1 with his usual cocktail of verbal diarrhoea and lack of any automotive knowledge, strikes again.
        quuppa70
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        what would you drive then? smart?
      dan1malk
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not embarrassed to say I'm seriously considering an Abarth over a BRZ/FRS.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dan1malk
        Nothing to be embarrassed about. Quite the contrary, it just shows you're a true enthusiast
      Ron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who cares... Yet another poorly made, over priced POS Fiat... You would have to be a complete tool to buy one of these.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ron
        Uhm , 4,000 people a month in the US and over a million world wide care. Please tell us what redneck douche ride you carry your ignorant ass in so we can judge whether or not you're a tool.
          Ron
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
          4000 people a month that are suckers for huge marketing budgets.
      samagon0
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 500 Abarth is a well rounded car, if I didn't already own a better well rounded car, I'd get one.
      Gianluca
      • 2 Years Ago
      You can't just convert the british price from GBP to USD... Cars un USA are priced 2/3 of what we pay them here in Europe. For example the cheapest 500 in UK is priced £12760 or $19950. The cheapest 500 in USA is priced $15500 and I guess it' even more loaded and/or has a more powerful engine than the european counterpart. The 2012 Abarth is priced in USA $22000 and those versions should cost almost the same.
        Julio B
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gianluca
        Very true. I was in London last week and I bought a bad hamburger with fries and a beer for aprox. $40 USD. Things are different there, everybody thinks that everything is ridiculously cheap in the US.
      RJC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Go all out I say. If they're thinking about importing special versions of the Fiat 500, the Aznom Abarth 500, with 240 HP, should be on the list. Wild. http://www.zercustoms.com/news/Aznom-Fiat-500-Mid-Engine.html
      Thunder938
      • 2 Years Ago
      I also like the 500 Abarth, but I dont think the price it too crazy. For a very fun car 29 is not bad. A loaded Focus is about 29 and an ST is more I would think..Its the way it is anymore
        Gordon Chen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Thunder938
        I agree but unfortunately people are willing to pay that much for a fiat Abarth (as evident by the selling rates of these) making it harder for guys like us to get one at a lower price o_O
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Much love for the 500 but the 80s GM two tone paint job must go
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      adorable
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