The original Abarth 500 model remains, albeit with some extra specification and a slightly lower price tag. Under the bonnet things are unchanged though, and it continues to be propelled by a 133 bhp (99 kW / 135 PS) turbocharged 1.4 litre engine. If that’s not quite enough, any owners who want a bit more grunt will still be able to avail of the aftermarket Esseesse kit, which lifts power to 157 bhp (117 kW / 160 PS).
Perhaps without coincidence, a pair of new arrivals can boast that higher output figure as standard. The 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione have been developed to expand the appeal of the diminutive hot hatch even further, and each offers a distinct allure.
While both 595 variants feature niceties such as titanium grey front and rear grilles, red brake calipers, dark-tinted rear windows, upgraded dampers and xenon headlights, the Turismo focuses more on luxury. Its additional equipment includes leather upholstery, climate control and 17” ten-spoke alloys.
By contrast, the Competizione has an overtly sporting theme, and it comes with aluminium pedals, cross-drilled brake discs front and rear, fabric-covered Sabelt seats, machined aluminium fuel and oil filler caps, 17” five-spoke alloy wheels and the Monza exhaust system as seen previously on the 695 Tributo Maserati.
UK prices for the newly enlarged line-up vary from £13,975 to £21,925:
|Abarth 500 and 595: UK Prices|
|* Manual Transmission Automated semi-automatic gearbox|
£32k 695 Edizione Maserati
New Abarth Esseesse kits
Abarth 695 coming to UK