ABARTH has shaken up its Australian 595 portfolio by axing all variants moreover the Competizione and its convertible twin, each of which have been subtly up to date for the 2022 mannequin yr.
Nonetheless respectively priced from $32,950 and $36,950 plus on-road prices, the Competizione twins are the one ones left within the shrunken line-up, which means the 595-range’s entry worth has risen a steep $5960 in comparison with the outgoing base 595.
Bearing the Competizione branding, nevertheless, means the remaining duo supply up extra energy and torque than their fallen brethren with every nonetheless rated at 132kW/250Nm, courtesy of the acquainted turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine.
A regular, the little mill is paired to a five-speed guide transmission, although a five-speed ‘Dualogic’ automated is optionally accessible for an additional $2000.
New for 2022 are a sequence of refined beauty modifications together with redesigned 17-inch alloys wheels impressed by these of the Lancia Delta Integrale rally hero and a few new color schemes, two of which include an non-compulsory physique equipment to up the visible ante even additional.
Just a few further trinkets have been added to the usual equipment listing too, comprising dusk-sensing headlights, rain-sensing wipers, an up to date splash display and a tweaked sport button design for the actual fashionistas.
The remainder of the gear has been carried over from the 2021 model with highlights together with leather-based upholstery, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes DAB+ digital radio and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, leather-based wrapped steering wheel with carbon-fibre inserts, a 7.0-inch TFT instrument cluster, sports activities pedals, purple Brembo entrance brake callipers, twin mode Document Monza exhaust and adaptive dampers.
Abarth’s native advertising and marketing and communications director Tom Noble stated the up to date 595 vary celebrates the luxurious options of the Competizione being blended with the “quintessential rally automotive traits Abarth is thought for”.
“The race-ready energy of this sizzling hatch has additionally seen fashion updates that talk to rally racing historical past, together with a contemporary tackle the enduring Montecarlo wheels and the brand new matte Rally Blue exterior paint color paying homage to the Fiat 131 Abarth Rally,” he stated.
Stellantis has offered 377 Fiat 500s/Abarth 595s in Australia thus far this yr ending August 31, accounting for six.8 per cent of the micro phase behind the Kia Picanto (4585 models/82.2 per cent share) and Mitsubishi Mirage (617/11.1 per cent).
2022 Abarth 595 pricing*
|Competizione Convertible (a)||$38,950|
*Excludes on-road prices