The Abarth 595 gets a minor facelift

Redesigned bumpers, new LED daytime running lights, revised alloy wheels and an updated paint selection identify the 2017 Abarth 595.

Inside, the instruments have been refreshed and a touchscreen-controlled Uconnect infotainment system comes as standard. The latest must-have performance-car affectation – a flat-bottom steering wheel – is now fitted too.

Abarth 595 Competizione (2017) Front Side

595, 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione versions will be offered in both hatchback and convertible guises.

All three grades are powered by a 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol engine that's mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Outputs vary, though. The regular 595 has 143 bhp (106 kW / 145 PS), while the 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione boast 162 bhp (121 kW / 165 PS) and 177 bhp (132 kW / 180 PS) respectively.

Abarth 595 Competizione (2017) Rear Side

In terms of chassis specification, the 595 Turismo's rear wheels feature Koni Frequency Selective Damping. The 595 Competizione also gains front-wheel FSD and a Brembo braking set-up with four-piston aluminium calipers, plus it can be ordered with an optional mechanical limited-slip differential.

Deliveries across Europe are due to begin next month. UK prices have yet to be announced.

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