Fiat reveal fiery new Abarth 595 pocket rocket
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The Fiat 500 might be the car that's aged the best out of those still on sale.
It came out 11 years ago, but you wouldn't know it parked next to one at the lights. Its rounded face and pinch-able cheeks still look incredibly fresh — which is ironic, given the whole thing is meant to be a homage to the past.
I bring this up because today's announcement from Fiat of a new Abarth 595 in the UK (that's the hardcore, hot hatch one) came with just one press photo. One.
Usually the arrival of a new model means a 50+ photo gallery detailing everything from the wheel caps to the windscreen wipers but, perhaps knowing that their little hatch was almost completely unchanged visually, Fiat sent out the release with just one picture.
And when I say "almost unchanged", I mean pretty much no visual changes at all. The same aggressive front splitter comes with the same lightweight 16-inch multi-spoke wheels and the same striping package.
The biggest visual change? That's the addition of the pictured retina-searing 'Adrenaline Green' huge to the colour line-up.
The 595 comes in four trim levels, the standard car, the Trofeo, and Turismo, and the Competizione. They then feed into two body styles — hatchback and convertible. Each model is powered by the same turbocharged four-cylinder 1.4-litre T-Jet engine — power ranges from 108kW in the entry-level model to 135kW in the track-focused Competizione.
The engines too are largely unchanged, but it now comes with a new exhaust set-up. Fiat call it the Active Record Monza exhaust, and it's standard on the Competizione and Trofeo.
As the name suggests, it's an adaptive unit with a valve that can be controlled on the fly by the driver. This is a change, given the valve on previous 595s was controlled by the fluctuation of exhaust gas pressure.
The new system is meant to further emphasise the Abarth's devilish engine note (for those yet to hear one, the Abarth is one of the best sounding cars on the market — no joke), but perhaps the added practicality through controlling how raucous it sounds is the bigger day-to-day plus.