The time has finally come for the hot little Abarth to receive the facelift upgrades of the revamped 500 and with that came a slight power increase too.
The turbocharged 1.4-litre T-Jet engine now makes 145hp in the entry level model and 165hp in the Turismo, 5hp more in both occasions. The more powerful Competizione version remains at 180hp, making it capable of a 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 6.7 seconds.
All versions come paired with a manual five-speed gearbox, with Abarth offering the option of a robotized manual with shift paddles. The range-topping manual Competizione model will also be available with a mechanical limited slip differential for the first time, derived straight from the 695 Biposto.
A set of Koni FSD shock absorbers is fitted to both the Turismo and Competizione models, with the latter also getting a high-performance Record Monza exhaust with dual mode system as standard.
The new Abarth 595 features a redesigned front end with a bigger air intake that increases cooling capacity by 18 per cent and an aggressive rear diffuser. The 17in Granturismo wheels -offered as standard on Turismo models- are seven per cent lighter than before, and with a 50 per cent larger ventilating surface.
The front and rear lights adopt the same revisions we first saw in the latest Fiat 500 as expected. Abarth has added Modena Yellow, Abarth Red, three-layer Iridato White and the Scorpione paint finishes in the list of available colors, bringing the number up to a total 15 different shades to choose from.
Fiat’s naughty department has also refreshed the cabin with new technical materials, including Alcantara and carbon fiber while new upholstery options are available across the range. Entry-level 595 models get specific fabric seats with increased lateral support, while the Turismo version is offered with a choice between black, tan or red leather seats. The top-of-the-range Competizione comes fitted with the hardcore Corsa by Sabelt seats.
There is also a new flat-bottom steering wheel while the dashboard fascia is finished in different colors, depending on the version: matching body color for the 595, matte grey for the Turismo and tar cold grey for the Competizione. The latter can be had with an optional carbon dashboard fascia as well.
As expected, the new Uconnect infotainment system is also here, offering a 5-inch touchscreen display as standard. Abarth will also offer a 7-inch version of the same system which comes with a high definition screen and a special telemetry app with preloaded circuits to give you information on your driving performance.
The updated Abarth 595 range will hit the European market in June, with a full gallery of the model as well as the full range specs to arrive sooner, so stay tuned.