Fiat has introduced the new Abarth 595, which brings refreshed new looks to the performance hatchback along with a touch more power and an optional limited slip differential.
Like the outgoing Abarth 595, this updated model is available in three trim levels: base, Turismo and Competizione. The base model’s 1.4-liter turbocharged engine has received an extra 5 horsepower and is now rated at 145 horsepower, while the engine remains the same in Turismo and Competizione spec, producing 162 horsepower and 180 horsepower, respectively.
To help the front wheels deal with the power, the 595 Competizione is now available with an optional mechanical limited slip differential. The diff is a trickledown part from the high-performance Abarth 695 Biposto and will ensure torque is distributed evenly between the front two wheels under extreme driving conditions.
From a visual standpoint, the new Abarth 595 receives a new front fascia with larger air intakes, a more pronounced rear diffuser and new front and rear headlights with LED daytime running lights. More noticeable may be the new 17-inch Granturismo wheels, which are 7% lighter than the standard Abarth 595 wheels and offer better brake ventilation. The wheels are standard on Turismo models and optional on the base car.
Inside, the new Abarth 595 receives the same enhancements the new Fiat 500 did – albeit with sportier touches. A 7-inch infotainment screen with satellite navigation is now standard, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be equipped as an option. A new flat bottom steering wheel is also present and is include carbon fiber and Alcantara sections on Competizione models.
The new Abarth 595 will go on sale in June of this year.