Abarth 595 Competizione is a hot hatchback for the next generation
The Hot Hatch segment is without a doubt one of the most competitive in automotive dominated by the European producers.
There is one competitor that has stood the test of time, being the smallest in the market has not stopped the famed FIAT 500s racing pedigree cousin the New Abarth 595 Competizione to come out on top. It manages to leave the rest behind with a combination of style, substance and performance.
The New Abarth 595 Competizione comes in as a hatchback and there is a convertible option as well. It holsters a tiny yet mighty 1.4 T-jet engine and not so tiny 180HP under the hood. It is all complemented by the roar of the legendary Record Monza exhaust, marking the 595 Competizione accelerating from 0-100 km/h at 6.9 seconds and the robotised sequential gearbox with shift paddles making it all seem so seamless. There is an addition, “Adrenalina Green” colour is all new for 2020
In terms of tech, The 595 Competizione comes standard with 7” touchscreen uConnect infotainment and navigation system that is now pretty standard with FCA models these days. What sticks out is the BeatsAudio™ system with seven speakers developed in collaboration with Beats by Dr. Dre.
Abarth, the racing brand with the Scorpion badge is today a part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles but its history dates all the way back to 1949 when it was founded by Carlo Abarth. The company started getting global attention when it collaborated with Fiat in 1952, the first project was the 1500 Biposto, designed by Franco Scaglione as an experimental coupe, it was so creative eventually the car was purchased by an American automaker and taken to Detroit to serve as inspiration for US manufacturers.
Over its history Abarth showed great success in sports car racing and especially in hillclimbing, a motorsport of the bygone age which is all but extinct in the 21st century. Abarth was phenomenal at the smaller engine classes between 850 cc to 2000 cc, and put up a gallant fight against some of today’s super car makers such as Porsche and Ferrari.
For the former it helped build cars throughout the years and with the latter it now shares the same ultimate beneficiary. 1971 saw Abarth come under Fiat ownership and in ten years it ceased to exist as an individual brand. 2007 saw the rebirth of Abarth as an independent business unit, lending its racing pedigree to such FIAT models as Abarth Grande Punto and the Abarth Grande Punto S2000.
The 595 Competizione is well and truly a product of the 21st century that oozes premium features and top of the range technology that comes together in the form of the Urban Pack featuring light, rain and parking sensors. There are carbon fibre touches throughout the vehicle and a Sport button that adjusts maximum torque output, the power steering and accelerator pedal settings giving a sporty feel and when needed a track ready roaring beast. With so much power at hand the 595 Competizione is installed with a 4 piston Brembo braking system which was designed specifically for the car that comes in handy, it houses ventilated 305 mm discs on the front and 240 mm discs on the rear. The Koni rear suspension has Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) that helps with road-holding, handling and stability.
This stylish feat of engineering is readily available in the UAE and would certainly make Carlo Abarth truly proud knowing the brand he created is in safe over in Turin.
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