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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Abarth at the 2014 Paris Motor Show
Abarth showed off its full range of cars at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, including the 595 Competizione, 695 Biposto and the Abarth powered F4 championship single-seat race car. The flagship of the Abarth range is the 695 biposto and is said to be the 'fastest street-legal Abarth ever'. With 190 HP and a weight of just 2198 lbs (997 kg), it sports the best weight/power ratio in its category (11.6 lbs/HP or 5.2 kg/HP) and enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds. The Abarth 695 biposto price in Italy starts at 39,000 euros, and its entire 2014 production has been allocated.
Abarth highlighted its 595 Competizione and 595C Turismo series at the show. With 160 HP and select parts from the top of the line 695 series, the 595 cars are a step above the base 135HP Abarth 500 in Europe and most of the world. It is safe to say North American Abarth enthusiasts would love to sample all these incredible cars. Maybe one day...
In the coming year, Abarth will have a heavy emphasis on customizations with tuning kits and an expanded range of accessories available through its dealer network. Starting with three trim levels ('Custom', 'Turismo' and 'Competizione'), two different transmissions options (manual or electrically actuated with shift paddles) and six paint colors, Abarth says there are 595 possible customizations combinations available for the Abarth 500.
In Europe, the 2014 Abarth 500 will feature additional colors and combinations over last years 2013 models. The Abarth 500 will be offered in Officina Red, Gara White, Campovolo Grey, Leggenda Light Blue and Beige Rally. Pista Grey is now available as a solid color, having previously been only part of two-tone combinations. For metallic colors, Record Grey and Scorpione Black is now joined with Trofeo Grey and Cordolo Red. There are several two-tone options: Pista Grey paired with Leggenda Light Blue, Beige Rally with Cordolo Red or Trofeo Grey. Cabrio models can be had in Beige Rally matched with a beige soft top.
Abarth sales in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) for 2014 have reached 4,600 year-to-date, an increase of 23 percent compared to last year at this time. Abarth will expand its worldwide dealer network by opening 27 new showrooms in 2014. It should be noted that unlike in North America where the Abarth 500 is known as a Fiat 500 Abarth and sold through Fiat dealers, the Abarths sold in most of the world are marketed through exclusive Abarth retailers.