Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has launched a new, expanded Abarth 595 hot hatch range. The line-up absorbs the old Abarth 500 models and brings 5bhp increases in power, a new mechanical limited-slip differential and a raft of visual updates.
On sale now for £15,090, the entry-level 595 uses a turbocharged 1.4-litre T-Jet engine that produces 143bhp and 152lb ft of torque. Above this sits the 595 Turismo, which starts at £18,290 and produces 163bhp and 170lb ft, while at the top of the range is the 595 Competizione, which features the most potent, 178bhp 1.4 T-Jet engine and costs £20,290.
This range-topper uses a freer-flowing Record Monza exhaust to put out an impressive 130bhp per litre. It can accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.7sec, making it two-tenths quicker off the line than the rival Ford Fiesta ST.
All 595 models come as standard with a five-speed manual gearbox, with a robotised sequential gearbox with shift paddles optional. All are also available in convertible guise for a £2000 premium over the figures for the hatchback models.