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May 10, 2016 Comments (0) Motoring

Italian hot hatch gets cheaper

THE cost of getting behind the wheel of an Italian hot hatch is now cheaper, with the unveiling of a new-look Abarth line-up and the introduction of the Abarth 595 providing a first-for-Australia entry point.

The Abarth brand has brought world-class performance, aggressive styling and high power-to-weight ratios to the small-car segment, with the “small but wicked” Abarth models providing one of the most engaging driving experiences in the industry, inspired by the racing traditions that made Abarth an icon on racetracks around the world. And now access to the Scorpion club is more accessible than ever before.

Now offered for the first time in Australia, the new 103kW (140hp) Abarth 595 offers the performance and passion that Abarth is renowned for, while bridging the gap between the Fiat 500 range and the other performance variants of the Abarth range.

Powered by Abarth’s 1.4-litre Turbo engine, the new Abarth 595 generates 103kW and 206Nm and is offered with a slick five-speed manual as standard. The Abarth 595 will accelerate to 100km/h in just 7.9 seconds, and on to a top speed of 205km/h.

With a focus on performance and functionality, the Abarth 595 comes equipped with ventilated disc brakes with red calipers, air conditioning, a 7-inch TFT display, fog lights, reverse parking sensors, 16-inch alloys, Abarth side stripe and mirror cover, steel pedals, Abarth fabric seats and tinted windows.

Available as a hatchback or convertible and priced from just $27,500, or $31,500 for the convertivble, the new Abarth 595 completes what will be the most comprehensive Abarth line-up ever offered locally.

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