New Fiat 595 Abarth models effectively replace 500 Essesse; standard 500 Abarth receives price cut
1 August 2012

Fiat has announced the expansion of its 500 Abarth range with the introduction of two new models. The 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione are offered as more powerful and better-equipped alternatives to the standard 500 Abarth.

Both 595 models feature 160bhp versions of the 500 Abarth’s 1.4-litre T-Jet engine, which offers performance identical to that of the 500 Essesse.

The original 500 Abarth will remain as an entry-level model, which has received a £500 price cut. That model will continue to be offered with the dealer-fit Essesse tuning pack.

Fiat argues that would-be Essesse buyers are likely to choose the new 595 models due to a comparable price tag and improved equipment levels. 

A choice of manual or robotised manual gearboxes is available with all three models. Both the 500 and 595 are offered in hatchback or 500C convertible bodystyles.

Fiat 595 Abarth Turismo models cost from £17,775 and feature uprated dampers, leather trim and climate control, while the £18,795 Competizione model counts fabric Sabelt seats and a sports exhaust among standard-fit kit. Automatic models are priced at a £1300 premium. 

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2 August 2012

Didn't sell here last time, what makes them think it'll do better this time?, the 500 based MPV has a better chance, it looks better than the Mini Countryman!

Peter Cavellini.

2 August 2012

I am sure Abarth would do much better in the UK if sold through all Fiat dealers. The Punto is a great looking (if slightly old these days) small hatch, so with the addition of the Abarth bits, and power its very appealing. Same goes for the 500, although given how small it is, it does look a little expensive, 

2 August 2012

A cash cow that has been milked once to often, it is time for the glue factory. I am not a fan of either this or the MINI. However i think that the 500 is starting to look dated, whereas the MINI still looks OK.

2 August 2012

audiolab wrote:

However i think that the 500 is starting to look dated, whereas the MINI still looks OK.

Like many cars, I think the 500 looks freshest in its more basic, less adorned versions. These bigger wheeled, two-tone versions are a bit naff.

3 August 2012

While I like the look of the 500, I thought £20k Minis looked pricey - now a pretty ordinary Focus lists at that, but it still seems expensive for any Fiat that shares its basic platform with a Ford Ka.

Don't these manufacturers know anything about most economies being in recession? Would love to know what percentage rises (if any) they have been giving to their own staff........

3 August 2012

This has been on the cards since Geneva, so its nothing new.

I agree that there should be more Abarth dealers, there was talk of selling Alfa and Abarth from the same dealers, but really all FIAT dealers should sell Abarth as well. They would then sell more.

Not a fan of two tone paint, but its only an option...

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