Following on from the recently revealed Fiat 124 Spider is this, the Abarth version. Like the Fiat, it's based on the Mazda MX-5, but uses the 1.4-litre MultiAir turbocharged petrol engine from the discontinued Abarth Punto.
We’re sitting in a queue of traffic, waiting for the lights to change. The driver and I chat calmly while we wait. Glimpses of blue sky break out from between the clouds, and the sun reaches down, its light dancing on the road ahead of us. It’s a peaceful Saturday afternoon, and all is right with the world. Bang!
The Abarth 595 '50th Anniversary' will be available to order on 15th September 2013, exactly 50 years after the first Fiat Abarth 595 was unveiled in September 1963.
The Abarth 500 launched in the UK just over four years ago, and in that time it’s enjoyed respectable sales success and attracted an enthusiastic following. With many of the first 500s now reaching an age where their owners begin to consider their replacement, Abarth have cleverly launched a new model that not only provides an appealing path to walk existing owners up the brand’s range, but also takes a leaf out of the company’s rich history. Carlo Abarth’s 1958 Fiat 500 Abarth proved that small runabouts could make fast and reliable racing cars. However, he knew yet more was possible, and in 1963 he created the Abarth 595. It had more power than its 500 brother and that, of course, meant more speed. Today’s Abarth 595 is no different.
In 1958, when tuning supremo Carlo Abarth created his masterpiece, the Fiat 500 Abarth, it had precisely double the power of the model it was based on – 26 bhp, up from 13 bhp. He worked his magic by increasing the 479cc engine’s compression ratio, fitting a larger Webber carburettor, optimising the fuel and air intake systems, and tuning the exhaust. Today, the basic Fiat 500 starts life with a measly 68 bhp, so it seems fitting that the modern day Abarth 500 boasts an almost double 135 bhp. In a world where the Clio Renaultsport and Peugeot 208 GTi have 200 bhp, that might not sound like much. But the Abarth has two particularly compelling strings to its bow: an abundance of character, and value for money. While many manufacturers are finding ways to increase their sticker prices, the cost of the Abarth actually fell recently, and today a shiny new 500 can be yours for just £14,205.
Performance car brand Abarth is calling all would-be track stars, after launching Make It Your Race, the novice racing driver programme, for the second consecutive year.
Two new model names herald the UK arrival of the new high-performance Abarth 500 and 595 ranges - the Abarth 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione.
Pricing for the new Abarth 500C convertible sports car, with manual gearbox, has just been announced – and it’s cheaper than the current car with ‘Competizione’ paddle-shift transmission
Bolstered by the success of the recent conversion kits, Abarth has expanded its range by launching the world premiere of the esseesse kits for the new Abarth 500C and Abarth Punto Evo models in Paris
The Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari, powered by a 180 bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, is available to order now in right hand drive form, priced at €35,500
Rock singer Rick Parfitt Jnr stormed to the finish line to win the inaugural BSM Centenary Abarth 500 Celebrity Challenge at last weekend’s Silverstone Classic
Stars from TV, radio, sport and music will line up on the grid this week (23 July) to race Abarth 500 cars for charity at the world-famous Silverstone Circuit