Abarth 595 Turismo & Competizione announced for 2015 lineup

Fiat Australia is announcing two new trim levels of the hot little 500-based Abarth for the 2015 lineup, called the 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione. These become the new performance models.

2015 Abarth 595 Turismo

Equipped with a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder ‘T-Jet’ engine, the new Abarth 595 produces 118kW and 230Nm, like the previous Esseesse. The unit can be matched up to either a five-speed manual or automated manual Dualogic transmission.

Out on the tarmac, the manual version is able to cover 0-100km/h in just 7.4 seconds, while the Dualogic version completes the dash in 7.6 seconds. Both have a top speed of around 210km/h.

Perhaps the biggest change to the interior is the introduction of a new, segment-first seven-inch TFT instrument cluster display. This replaces the somewhat difficult to read previous setup.

2015 Abarth 595 Turismo-interior

The TFT display incorporates all kinds of racy features as well, such as the ability to show live g-force readouts and a digital turbo boost gauge so you can follow the engine’s operation.

Fiat is offering 11 colours for the drop-top and hardtop Competizione, and another six bi-colours for the Turismo hatch. Up until now special 595 and 695 editions have only been available in very limited colours.

Other highlights for the new models include 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, cross-drilled and ventilated disc brakes, Koni front suspension with FSD, while the Competizione comes with a Dual Mode Record Monza exhaust system.

2015 Abarth 595 Competizione-rear

These additions to the lineup are not only great hot hatches, they are also very fuel efficient, with an average consumption rate of just 5.4L/100km for the manual and 5.3L/100km for the auto.

Prices for the new lineup are as follows (excluding on-road costs):

Abarth 595 Turismo – $33,500
Abarth 595 Turismo (auto) – $35,500
Abarth 595 Competizione – $36,500
Abarth 595 Competizione (auto) – $38,500
Abarth 595 Competizione convertible – $39,000
Abarth 595 Competizione convertible (auto) – $41,000