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Fiat expands Abarth 500 range

Fiat is adding two new models to the Abarth 500 supermini range which will give customers a way of progressing through the range with enhanced specifications.

The 595 Turismo and the 595 Competizione will come as standard with a 160bhp version of the turbocharged 1.4 T-Jet engine.

The original Abarth 500 will remain as an entry-level model, though a new colour, and extra standard equipment has been added, while the on-the-road price has been reduced.

An Esseesse higher performance option will continue to be available for the Abarth 500 as part of a dealer upgrade kit.

All three new versions will be available in manual form or with Abarth’s MTA (manual transmission automated) semi-automatic gearbox.

Ivan Gibson, head of Abarth in the UK, said: “When the ground-breaking Abarth 595 SS was created in 1964 it established itself as a genuine performance car and a force to be reckoned with on and off the circuits.

“It is therefore fitting that our two new versions revive the great 595 brand in the form of the Turismo and the Competizione.

“While the Abarth 500 is positioned as an entry point for customers to gain access to the brand, the 595 models will now allow customers to progress or renew their Abarth experience and will also attract new drivers to the marque.”

The 500 is now priced from £13,975, the 595 Turismo is priced from £17,725 and the 595 Competizione is priced from £18,725. All models are available now from Fiat’s network of 24 Abarth dealers.

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