Abarth, Fiat’s performance department, have unveiled special editions of the 595, 695 and the 124 Spider ahead of the Geneva Motor Show. They’ll be lining up alongside the whole Abarth range and a variety of tuning kits that have been made available for each model.
The first of the new special editions is the 595 Pista. With the same 158bhp 1.4-litre T-Jet engine as the standard 595, it’ll hit 62mph in 7.3 seconds. Power is put down through a five-speed manual gearbox – a paddle-shift automatic is optional. Drilled and vented brake discs accompanied by a Koni rear suspension setup aid the Pista’s handling.
Changes to the exterior design include quad exhaust pipes and five new colour options. Inside, Abarth’s Uconnect infotainment system comes as standard with a new addition – Abarth Telemetry. Famous racing circuits are pre-loaded onto the system so that drivers taking their 595s on to the track will have detailed information about the track and their performance available to them at the click of a button.
695 XSR Yamaha Limited Edition
With Abarth’s sponsorship of the Yamaha MotoGP team continuing for 2017, the two brands have collaborated for this special edition of the popular 695. As the name suggests, it is inspired by the Yamaha XSR900 Abarth with which it shares a grey and red livery.
The limited edition 695 is much lighter than the standard thanks to extensive use of carbon fibre and a specially developed lightweight Akrapovic exhaust system which you can expect to be especially throaty. It uses the same Koni rear suspension setup as the 595 Pista, but with Eibach springs, 17″ lightweight alloys and perforated brake discs all round to add to the motorbike feel,
The 695 XSR Yamaha Limited Edition can be further improved with a 178bhp engine, as opposed to the standard 163bhp, a Koni front suspension setup, Brembo brake discs and Ferodo brake pads.
124 Spider Scorpione
Finally, there is the 124 Spider Scorpione. Based on the Mazda MX-5 inspired 124 Spider, it is set to be the headliner for Abarth at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
They’ll Scorpione has been sped up by a mechanical locking differential though the engine has not been upgraded. It’s still the same 168bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged engine as the standard Spider.
New colour options are all named after famous rally wins Abarth has had – Turini 1975 White or Portogallo 1974 Grey are just a couple of examples. The classic black bonnet is obviously available and inside, the Scorpione is fitted with black and red leather sports seats.
We don’t know how many there will be of each or, more importantly, how much they’ll cost but I’m sure we’ll find out when they’re officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next week.
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