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Monday, December 19, 2011

Abarth 595 Turismo and Competizione Premier

Abarth 595 Turismo
Abarth 595 Turismo in two-tone metallic Rosso Officina and Grigio Pista

The new Abarth 595 made its premier at the Bologna Motor Show last month. The Abarth 595 will be available in two versions -"Turismo" and "Competizione". Both use the 1.4 Turbo T-Jet engine with the output raised to 160 hp courtesy of the standard esseesse tuning software.



The engine is a 1368 cm3 4 cylinder 16 valve unit (turbocharged with a fixed-geometry IHI turbocharger) that delivers 230 Nm of torque at 3000 rpm in Sport "overboost" mode. Top speed is 211 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 7.4 seconds. Fuel consumption is 6.5 l/100 km over a combined cycle. It is important to note that this engine is different from the one that will equip the North American Fiat 500 Abarth. The NA Fiat 500 Abarth will offer more performance due to the addition of MultiAir technology that increases torque and drivability, especially in part throttle operation.

The Abarth 595 Turismo version features distinctive trim such as aluminized logos and badging, titanium-colored 17" alloy wheels, and 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 is in Alutex aluminum glass fibre material.

Abarth 595 Turismo Flocking
Unique "flocking" treatment for the central tunnel and dashboard

The Abarth 595 Turismo uses the electrically-operated manual Competizione gearbox with paddle controls on the steering wheel. The recently revised software for this transmission has improved smoothness and reduced gearshift times.


Abarth 595 Competizione
Abarth 595 Competizione

The Abarth 595 Competizione is dedicated to the hard core enthusiast. This Abarth has the heavy duty C510 manual transmission, lightweight 17" titanium-colored alloy wheels with yellow Brembo brake calipers.



The interior has "Abarth Corsa by Sabelt" leather and natural leather-colored Alcantara seats bearing the 595 logo embroidered on the integrated headrest. Racing pedals and shift knob with Abarth emblems add to the package.

Abarth 595 Competizione

Keep in mind, these new Abarth models are for Europe, but don't think that we in the US will miss out on "specials" like these. You can bet there is something in the works...


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