Fiat’s tid­dler hot hatch is one out of the box

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE -

THE ul­ti­mate tid­dler-size Ital­ian hot hatch is back with more equip­ment, more tech­nol­ogy and zero com­pro­mise.

The new Abarth 595 range has landed in Aus­tralia with two new trim lev­els on of­fer – the 595 Turismo and 595 Com­pe­tizione hatch and con­vert­ible.

The Abarth 595 is pow­ered by a 1.4-litre T-Jet turbo en­gine with 118kW/ 230Nm out­put – enough to push the Abarth from 0-100km/h in 7.4 secs.

A man­ual and an au­to­mated Dua­logic t r ans­mis­sion are avail­able.

Top qual­ity com­po­nents can be f ound i n and around t he Abarth i nclud­ing Koni front s us­pen­sion with f r equency se­lec­tive damp­ing, per­fo­rated and self-ven­ti­lat­ing front brake discs and an anti-roll bar.

For a more fo­cused drive feel, push­ing the Sport but­ton on the dash­board in­creases throt­tle re­sponse and adds weight to the steer­ing.

Another new fea­ture is the seven-inch TFT dig­i­tal in­stru­ment dis­play.

De­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ital­ian auto man­u­fac­turer Mag­neti Marelli, it trans­forms into a race-spec com­puter at the push of a but­ton, of­fer­ing cor­ner­ing g- f orce and a dig­i­tal boost gauge.

The 595 Turismo has leather seats, Abarth di­a­mond-fin­ish 10-spoke, 17-inch al­loy wheels with 205/40 R17 tyres as stan­dard.

The 595 Com­pe­tizione hard­top and con­vert­ible steps up to a more r a c e - f o c u s e d s p e c i - fi­ca­tion, with Abarth di­a­mondfin­ish five-spoke 17-inch al­loy wheels.

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