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Abarth 500 revised
Updated Abarth 500 on sale with new 595 versions offering more performance and higher trim levels.
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What's the news?

The revised Abarth 500 and new 595 line-up has arrived in the UK. There are two trim levels for the 595 - Turismo and Competizione - and more equipment for the 500. All models are available in hatchback and convertible 500C body styles.


Only detail changes have been made to the appearance of the baby Fiat Abarth. The 500 gets a new body colour option and the different versions can be identified by the style of alloy wheels. On the 500 16-inch rims are fitted while the 595 Turismo and Competizione come respectively with ten- or five-spoke, 17-inch alloys. The 595 also features tinted rear windows, titanium-finish grilles and Xenon headlamps.


Standard equipment has been increased across the range. The 500 includes the Corsa pack, featuring Inox pedals, footrest and door kick plates. Leather upholstery and a different style of pedals are part of the 595 Turismo specification. Sabelt seats, trimmed in fabric, are fitted to the 595 Competizione.


As before, the Abarth models use a 1.4-litre, turbocharged petrol engine with the choice of manual or MTA semi-automatic gearboxes. In the 500 the petrol engine is tuned for 137hp, or 142hp with the MTA transmission. For the 595 power is increased to 162hp; the more powerful models also get upgraded dampers. On the Competizione, cross-drilled brake disks and a Monza exhaust system are fitted as standard.

Anything else?

Prices start at 13,975 for the Abarth 500. The dealer-fit esseesse performance pack will continue to be available. Abarth describes the 595 models as being aimed at customers who want to 'progress or renew' their experience with the marque, as well as attracting new buyers no doubt. The 595 Turismo costs 17,725 and the Competizione is 1,000 more.

John Lambert - 2 Aug 2012

2012 Abarth 500 and 595 line-up. Image by Abarth.2012 Abarth 500 and 595 line-up. Image by Abarth.   

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