Abarth 595 (2008–)

Model History

February 2008

Details of new Abarth 500 revealed

It is powered by a Fire 1.4 16v petrol turbo engine, which delivers a maximum of 135bhp at 5500 rpm and peak torque of 206Nm at 3000 rpm in Sport mode. In Normal mode, torque is reduced to 180Nm. Like the Fiat 500 from which it is derived, the new 500 Abarth meets future Euro 5 emissions legislation.

The 500 Abarth optimises aerodynamic behaviour, reducing drag and increasing high speed stability, while the sideskirts also improve the Cd figure. Inside, the 500 features special instrumentation, with the addition of an analogue gauge to measure turbo pressure. An LED telltale that optimises gear changes by lighting up at the appropriate moment, is also incorporated.

The bodykit echoes the Abarth 1000TC with a bump on the front to accommodate the turbo, twin nostrils for the twin intercoolers, a larger air intake over the front bumper, combination spoilers and diffusers at the back and choice of 16-inch wheels or 17-inch wheels.

Owners who want to take their Abarth 500 closer to the 'racer for the road' ideal, can plump for the esseesse specification. The word esseesse means 'SS' in Italian and lives up to its name by giving the car a supremely sporting twist.

The £2500 conversion has to be carried out within 12 months or 20,000km of the car's first registration and can only be undertaken by Abarth's skilled network of technicians. Their first job is to upgrade the engine's Electronic Control Unit so that the 1.4-litre turbo pumps out 160bhp at 5750rpm - more than double the power output of the regular Fiat model and very much in keeping with historic Abarth practice. To help with this power upgrade, a new air filter made by Italian specialist BMC is fitted.

To match the additional power, drilled and ventilated brake discs are fitted at the front, together with new pads, while larger drilled discs replace the already powerful standard items at the rear. Uprated Abarth springs are fitted front and rear too, and so that the esseesse looks even racier, the regular 16-inch wheels are replaced with 17-inch white or titanium colour alloy rims.

Even though this upgrade relies heavily on modern technology, the esseesse kit stays loyal to the legend of Abarth by being delivered to customers in a high quality wooden crate. It was officially launched in the UK in February 2009.

August 2010

Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari launched

The new 695 Tributo Ferrari takes these links to a new level, with stunning performance matched to perfect day-to-day usability.

This exclusive car – just 152 examples of the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari will be available in right hand drive form in Britain – is priced at Euros 35,500 (an eye watering £29,600). On the outside the new car’s livery is inspired by Ferrari’s models, with carbon wing mirrors and Corsa Grey wheels and front air intakes.

Powered by a 1368cc turbocharged engine, producing 180bhp at 5500rpm and 250Nm torque at 3000rpm, the 695 Tributo Ferrari can accelerate from 0-62mph in seven seconds and has a top speed of 140mph. However, the frugal engine can return 43.3mpg on the combined cycle.

The car features a comprehensive list of equipment which includes:

  • five airbags
  • electronic stability programme (ESP)
  • torque transfer control (TTC)
  • Sport button
  • power steering
  • automatic climate control
  • Xenon headlights
  • Blue&Me hands-free infotainment
  • Abarth leather steering wheel
  • ‘Record Monza’ dual-mode exhaust
  • Abarth Corsa by Sabelt seats
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

Mounted behind the steering wheel are the paddles for the electro-hydraulic Abarth Competizione gearbox which has manual and auto modes. Pressing the Sport button on the dashboard activates a more racy setting for the gearbox, engine control unit and steering for an even more responsive drive.

The original Abarth 695 was introduced in the mid-1960s. The pinnacle of this series was a 38hp engine – though fine-tuning could raise this to over 50hp.

June 2011

Abarth showed the 695 Tributo Ferrari

Powered by a 1368cc turbocharged engine, producing 180bhp at 5500rpm and 250Nm torque at 3000rpm, the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari accelerates from 0-62mph in under seven seconds and can reach a top speed of 140mph. However, the frugal engine can return 43.3mpg on the combined cycle.

The Goodwood event also marks the first UK public appearance of the new Abarth 500C with manual transmission and the Abarth Punto Evo esseesse. Up until now the 500C version was only available with Abarth’s ‘Competizione’ paddle-shift gearbox.

August 2012

Abarth 595 Turismo and the 595 Competizione launched

Two new model names herald the UK arrival of the new high-performance Abarth 500 and 595 ranges. An overhaul of the original and highly successful Abarth 500 line-up signifies a milestone in the development of the historic Scorpion brand. And to celebrate that history, two new versions of the sporting hatchback and convertible have been revealed: the 595 Turismo and the 595 Competizione.

Both of these cars will come as standard with a 160bhp version of the turbocharged 1.4 T-Jet engine, to offer greater choice for customers in terms of enhanced standard specifications.

The original Abarth 500 will remain as an entry-level model, though a new colour, and extra standard equipment has been added, while the on-the-road price has been reduced. An esseesse higher performance option will continue to be available for the Abarth 500 as part of a dealer upgrade kit.

All three new versions will be available in manual form or with Abarth’s MTA (Manual Transmission Automated) semi-automatic gearbox.

Abarth 500

1.4-litre T-Jet engine 135bhp (manual) 140bhp (MTA)
‘Corsa’ pack including Inox pedals, footrest and door kick-plates
Sport mode
16-inch alloy wheels
Air conditioning
Front fog lights
Rear parking sensors
Leather gear lever surround
Four pastel colours

Price (MTA):
500 - £13,975 (£15,275)
500C - £15,875 (£17,175)

Abarth 595 Turismo

Main standard features:
1.4-litre T-Jet engine 160bhp (manual and MTA)
‘Turismo’ pack including Alutex pedals, footrest and door kick-plates, bespoke floor mats, machined aluminium fuel and oil filler caps
Dark tinted rear windows
Upgraded front and rear dampers
Automatic climate control
Leather upholstery
17-inch 10-spoke Diamond finish alloy wheels
Xenon headlights
Red brake callipers
Titanium Grey front and rear sports grilles
10 exterior colours

Price (MTA):
500 - £17,725 (£19,025)
500C - £19,625 (£20,925)

Abarth 595 Competizione

Main standard features:
1.4-litre T-Jet engine 160bhp (manual and MTA)
‘Competizione’ pack including aluminium pedals, footrest and door kick-plates, bespoke floor mats, machined aluminium fuel and oil filler caps
Dark tinted rear windows
Upgraded front and rear dampers
Cross-drilled front and rear disc brakes
Sabelt seats in fabric upholstery
Monza exhaust upgrade
17-inch, 5-spoke Anthracite/Diamond finish alloy wheels
Xenon headlights
Red brake callipers
Titanium Grey front and rear sports grilles
10 exterior colours

Price (MTA):
500 - £18,725 (20,025)
500C - £20,625 (£21,925)

September 2013

Eibach suspension kits available as Pro-Kit, Sportline, Pro-Alignment and Pro-Spacer Chassis package. All models catered for including Abarth. The Pro-Kit lowers the 500 by approximately 30mm front and rear, improving turn in and massively reducing body-roll. But the ingenious 'progressive' wind of the Pro-Kit springs leaves the factory ride quality almost totally unaffected for day-to-day practicality. This kit can also be used to great effect on the Abarth models, but due to that model already having a lowered chassis set-up, the drop effected here is 15mm.

The much lower Sportline kit offers a dramatic drop of up to 45mm up front and 30mm at the rear (not suitable for Abarth).

Both spring kits are pre-stressed to avoid sagging and shot-peened to temper the metal and to provide a perfect key for the thick and flexible electrostatic powder coating. Quibble free, 5 year warranty.

November 2015

Abarth 695 biposto Record launched

Priced at £36,610 OTR just 133 examples of the striking 695 biposto Record will be built for worldwide distribution. An exclusive 'Modena Yellow' finish embellished with 'Tar Cold Grey' trims, enamelled '695 Record' badge on the side and aluminium bonnet are all standard features.

This small run of cars – 133 is the number of records held by the Scorpion brand – also feature 18-inch OZ alloy wheels, large Brembo brakes and a throaty Akrapovic exhaust. Inside, there is special instrument panel animation, Sabelt carbon shell seats, four point seatbelts, a cargo net and a unique numbered plate.

Based on the sporting, two-seat Abarth 695 biposto, the Record version is powered by the same 190PS 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16-valve engine. Weighing in at only 997 kilograms, the car has the best weight-to-power ratio (5.2 kg/hp) and the best acceleration (from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds) in its category. Top speed is 143mph. Peak power is delivered at 5500rpm and top torque is 250Nm at 3000 rpm.

The Abarth 695 biposto Record celebrates the 50th anniversary of the day when, aged 57, Carlo Abarth broke a new acceleration record in a Class G car, at the Monza race track. Unable to find the right driver, he decided to lose 30 kilograms in weight to slip into the tight cockpit himself.

March 2017

Abarth 595 Trofeo launched

Prices start at £17,290 OTR for the 1.4 TJet 160PS hatchback version.

Based on the 595 Pista shown earlier this month at the Geneva International Motor show, the new 595 Trofeo builds on the UK concept of the 595 Trofeo Edition, launched in summer 2015, and takes it to the next level.

The new Trofeo is available in manual hatchback and convertible versions and comes equipped with a potent 160PS 1.4-litre TJet petrol engine complete with Record Monza exhaust.

The car comes in a choice of five exterior colours – Abarth Red, Gara White, Campovolo Grey, Record Grey or Scorpione Black – with complementing front and rear dam inserts and wing mirrors, in yellow, black or red. The look is completed with17-inch matt black Formula Alloy wheels.

A key feature of the car is the 7-inch Uconnect infotainment system with Abarth Telemetry, which allows the owner to load famous European race tracks. Selecting them during track sessions brings up detailed maps and displays real-time tips to improve lap times. The driver can then access their recorded sessions and analyse their performance at any time. More tracks will be added post-launch.

  • 595 Trofeo 1.4 TJet 160hp hatchback £17,290
  • 595 Trofeo 1.4 TJet 160hp cabriolet £19,290

November 2017

Abarth 695 Rivale launched

Exclusive styling features and premium materials pay tribute to the elegance and character of the new open ’56 Rivale’ luxury yacht, with the trademark Riva two-tone Sera Blue and Shark Grey colour scheme with Aquamarine double-stripe beauty line representing a thin line of sea on the horizon. Blue leather interior and optional mahogany finish to the dashboard, steering wheel and gear lever, satin chrome finish to the door handles and tailgate, and optional handwritten name plate fitted with the same screws used on a Riva yacht, complete this unique collaboration.

The Akrapović exhaust system with carbon tailpipes, Brembo brakes with black callipers and grey 17-inch Supersport wheels go on to underline the stunning performance and driving characteristics which Abarth brings to this party. The 180hp MultiAir engine promises a top speed of 139mph and acceleration from 0-62mph in just 6.7 seconds, with a power to weight ratio matching that of a supercar.

Inside, the exclusive instrument panel and Uconnect 7-inch HD touch screen infotainment system brings the latest in onboard technology – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ready – with navigation and touch or voice controlled operation.

September 2018

Abarth 595 range updated

Two new colours have been introduced to the range, Adrenaline Green on the 595 Competizione and Trofeo, with Asphalt Grey available on the Turismo. The new Record Monza Active exhaust is introduced as a standard feature on the 595 Competizione and Trofeo, featuring an active valve controlled by a Sport button. When pressed, the Sport button opens the exhaust valve and the engine rumble becomes deeper and bolder. The driver can choose a more composed engine sound or a tougher, sportier – and more traditionally Abarth – roar.

Available in a choice of hatchback or convertible, the new 595 range features four versions - 595, 595 Trofeo, 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione. All Abarth 595 models come with a Euro 6D-Temp compliant 1.4 T-Jet engine with power levels ranging from 145PS to 180PS.

The 595 Competizione is more radical and designed for performance and no-compromise sports car fans, the 595 Turismo embraces the style and comfort typical of Italian Gran Turismos. There is plenty of focus on details, with premium leather interiors and Urban Pack which consists of dusk sensor, rain sensor and parking sensors.

The 595 is Abarth's entry-level model and has a flat-bottom steering wheel with a satin chrome centre stripe. A Sport button which, in this case, adjusts maximum torque output, the power steering and accelerator pedal settings. The 595 Trofeo is the special series filled with plenty of performance-oriented equipment, such as Abarth Telemetry to monitor performance at all times and Koni rear suspension with Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) technology to optimise the driving experience and ensure greater road-holding, handling and stability.

The Abarth 695 Rivale remains available in the complete model range. The aim of the 695 Rivale is to go beyond the traditional values of Abarth by embracing the unique allure of Riva. Its style is inspired by the Riva “56 Rivale” open, one of the most elegant and fastest yachts the Sarnico yard has ever built. The Abarth 695 Rivale has its own exclusive livery, the two-tone Riva Evening Blue and Shark Grey paintwork, with the touch of two aquamarine stripes which is reminiscent of the "beauty line" drawn on a yacht hull.

Model

OTR Price

Abarth 595 1.4 T-Jet 145hp

£15,690

Abarth 595C 1.4 T-Jet 145hp

£17,690

Abarth 595 Trofeo 1.4 T-Jet 160hp

£18,480

Abarth 595C Trofeo 1.4 T-Jet 160hp

£20,480

Abarth 595 Turismo 1.4 T-Jet 165hp

£19,180

Abarth 595 Turismo 1.4 T-Jet 165hp MTA

£20,530

Abarth 595C Turismo 1.4 T-Jet 165hp

£21,180

Abarth 595C Turismo 1.4 T-Jet 165hp MTA

£22,530

Abarth 595 Competizione 1.4 T-Jet 180hp

£21,280

Abarth 595 Competizione 1.4 T-Jet 180hp MTA

£22,630

Abarth 595C Competizione 1.4 T-Jet 180hp

£23,280

Abarth 595C Competizione 1.4 T-Jet 180hp MTA

£24,630

September 2019

New Abarth 595 Pista announced

The Abarth 595 Pista has been announced and is focused on performance with more power and new Garrett turbine and delivering 165PS. It is equipped with the Record Monza Active exhaust and Koni rear suspension with FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) technology that enhances driving performance by offering greater road-hold, handling and stability.

The new, oversized Garrett turbocharger with geometric compression ratio reduced from 9.8:1 to 9:1 optimises temperature in the combustion chamber at equal pressure, and allows peak torque (230 Nm) to be achieved at a lower rpm (2250 to be precise), while top power is delivered at top revs.

The 595 Pista has a racing steering wheel with flat bottom and centring mark at the top and the "Sport" button that adjusts peak torque output, power steering settings and throttle. The braking system is specific to Abarth and have ventilated 284mm discs on the front and 240mm discs on the rear. The new Pista also features MTA gearbox with shift paddles.

The Abarth 595 Pista is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto with UconnectTM 7-inch HD system as standard, and DAB digital radio. The infotainment system has a high-definition screen.

The Abarth 595 Pista is available up to the end of September from £189 monthly rental on PCH with £3,780 initial rental.

What does a Abarth 595 (2008) cost?

List Price from £19,310
Buy new from £16,815
Contract hire from £168.22 per month