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2018 Abarth 595 update now on sale in Australia from $26,990

September 14, 2017

Fiat has updated the little Abarth 595 micro hatch for the Australian market, giving the feisty 500-based model more power, more tech, and a wider variant lineup.

We say wider variant lineup but what we really mean is there are now two trim lines; the 595 and the 595 Competizione. Both come with a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 107kW, or 132kW in the case of the Competizione. Buyers have the option of a manual or automated-manual automatic.

Fiat says the new model is able to sprint from 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds in the 132kW tune. The top-spec model also comes with Brembo brakes, Koni dampers, unique 17-inch Corsa alloy wheels, and a bi-modal Monza sports exhaust for added flair.

For the regular 595, buyers aren’t exactly left behind. The package includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, dual exhaust tips, and satin chrome trimmings for the exterior. Five solid paint colours are on offer too, including Abarth Red, Gara White, Campovolo Grey, Pista Grey, and Modena Yellow, along with a range of optional metallic or tri-colour combinations.

Fiat has boosted interior practicality with the 2018 model by introducing a 5.0-inch Uconnect touch-screen interface for the dash. This incorporates digital radio, Bluetooth-based navigation and audio streaming, and a 440-Watt Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsAudio sound system.

Both hatch and convertible versions are on offer, in both trim levels. They officially hit showrooms in September with prices starting from $26,990. The Competizione starts from $31,990. (All prices exclude on-roads.)

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.