New Abarth 595 Pista revealed
New mid-range Abarth 595 Pista starts at £19,135
Abarth has launched the Abarth 595 Pista. The car is of a similar spec to the existing 595 Turismo, so gets the same power hike to 162bhp from the standard car’s 143bhp, but it costs around £1,000 less at £19,135. It has the same Koni rear suspension with Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) as the Turismo but also gets the Record Monza exhaust system from the more powerful Competizione model.
The extra power comes courtesy of a Garrett turbocharger and a lower compression ratio, which increases torque at lower revs and provides more power at high revs. The Koni suspension and damping system make the car more stable when cornering quickly compared with the standard 595.
The 595 Pista comes with a manual gearbox but an automatic with shift paddles is available as an option. The car has a Sport button that adjusts peak torque, power settings and throttle response for occasions when you want to drive the car more enthusiastically.
The car is available in seven colours, including the matt grey paint on the car in our pictures. An 'Adrenaline Green' colour kit adds bright green touches to the front and rear bumper inserts, centre wheel caps and door mirrors.
Inside, the 595 Pista features new sport seats with diamond-patterned upholstery, while optional Sabelt 70th Anniversary seats make the options list. A flat-bottomed steering wheel, DAB radio and Fiat’s high-definition UConnect seven-inch infotainment system are all standard. The latter includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.