Fiat’s performance division, Abarth, will show four new vehicles at the Bologna Motor Show this week. The assortment of vehicles consists of three modified Fiat 500 hatchbacks, as well as one tweaked example of the Fiat Punto.
The Abarth 595 is available in two different forms, dubbed the Turismo and Competizione, respectively. Both versions of the 595, which is based on the Fiat 500 Abarth, use a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four engine rated for 160 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. Abarth says the cars reach 62 mph in 7.4 seconds and can hit a top speed of 131 mph.
The difference between the two new models is primarily cosmetic. The 595 Turismo wears red and gray paint, with a white line separating the two colors. Titanium-colored 17-inch wheels, 595 logos, red leather seats, and aluminum interior trim complete the look. As it is aimed more at customers who want luxury and refinement, the 595 Turismo is equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The 595 Competitizone, positioned to appeal to driving enthusiasts, employs a five-speed manual transmission along with gray paint, yellow-painted brake calipers, and racing-style 17-inch wheels. The interior scores Alcantara seats and aluminum trim pieces.
The Abarth 695 Assetto Corse shows off the company’s vision for a racing car, so the Fiat 500’s front bumper has been replaced with a more aerodynamic version that features stick-on grille decals in place of real inlets. The hood is secured with race-style clips, and conceals a version of the 1.4-liter turbo engine pumped up to deliver 205 hp. Other performance upgrades include larger, cross-drilled brake discs, and a Sadev sequential transmission. A race seat, roll bar, digital gauges, and leightweight Lexan windows complete the car’s transformation for race duty.
Abarth also is showing off the Punto Scorpione, based on Abarth’s tuned version of the Fiat Punto hatchback. Just 99 copies will be produced, each with special matte black paint outside and leather bucket seats inside. Under the hood is a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four engine good for 180 hp and 199 lb-ft, which reportedly helps the Scorpione reach 62 mph from rest in 7.5 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 134 mph. Other upgrades include larger brakes with yellow-painted calipers, Koni shock absorbers and lowering springs, and a larger center-exit exhaust.