• Abarth 595 Turismo and Competizione updated for 2021 model.
• New Abarth Monster Energy model now available in SA.
• Prices now start at R399 900 for the entry-level model.
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Stellantis has embarked on a thorough product line-up overhaul in Mzansi, bringing a host of fresh models across its brands to local shores in the past year. The latest of the conglomerate's brand names to receive attention is the Abarth nameplate that has been tweaked and honed in just the right places to keep it competitive and exciting.
The Abarth 595 range is almost a decade old; however, it looks as fresh as it initially launched, thanks to its contemporary styling and up-to-date interior upgrades.
2021 Abarth 595 Turismo and Competitizione features All 2021 Abarth models in South Africa are fitted with a 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. In the regular 595 Turismo models, you get 121kW and 206Nm (230Nm on overboost), while the Competizione models come with 132kW and 230Nm (250Nm on overboost). All models come equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox, but you can ask Abarth to fit it with robotised automated manual transmission (AMT) instead.
One of the significant changes to the latest models, which Abarth fanatics will instantly notice, is the Sport mode button that has now been changed to a 'Scorpion' mode button. The scorpion moniker on the button is said to pay tribute to the company's founder Carlo Abarth. When you press the scorpion button, the Abarth 595 puts itself into a racier setup, with sharpened throttle response, firmer steering, and a sports map for the engine that enables it to manage turbo boost more effectively.
Abarth hasn't changed too much from a features perspective, but they have fitted the new models with the latest 7-inch Uconnect system. This multimedia system will give you easy access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You also get refreshed interior fabrics and trim elements, new colours to choose from, and unique 17-inch aluminium-alloy wheels. One of the most incredible new colours you can choose from has to be the Rally Blue hue, which Abarth says is a nod to the Lancia Delta Integrale from the 1990s.
Monster Energy Yamaha model for the fans
According to Abarth, the new 595 Monster Energy Yamaha edition is designed mainly for young customers and motorsport fanatics. Only 2000 of these variants are being built for the world, and it's coming to Mzansi in limited numbers, so you have to move quickly if you want one. Sporting styling cues that you might know from 2020 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP YZR-M1, the exterior of this new 595 features a dual colour blue and black livery bearing the "Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP" logo on its lower side, just above the "595" logo.
The car is finished with several Monster-specific details, such as the "claw" on the bonnet and the Tar Cold Gray finishes on the door handles and the front and rear bumper inserts. On the inside, the model offers sports seats with blue finishes and the "Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP" logo on the head restraints. Blue lining stands out from the black dashboard while a numbered plate (0001/2000, for example) is placed on the central tunnel between the front seats.
Interestingly, while the Abarth 595 Monster Energy Yamaha version is also equipped with a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine like the rest of the range, Abarth claims that it produces 117kW of power. It also comes as standard with a five-speed manual transmission, but the factory can fit it with an Abarth-honed AMT gearbox with shift paddles behind the steering wheel for you if you prefer a two-pedal setup.
Additional nifty features you get in the new Monster version of the Abarth 595 includes a race car-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel, the Scorpion sport button, and most importantly, in our opinion, a Record Monza exhaust with an active valve. The "Monster's" bespoke braking system has been designed especially for Abarth, and it offers 284mm front and 240mm rear ventilated discs.
Also standard is Koni rear suspension, with Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) technology, which increases road holding, handling, and stability.
The car also comes as standard with a unique Abarth Telemetry system built-in, allowing drivers to measure their performance, and you get a dedicated splash screen on start-up, displaying the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP logo on the Uconnect screen.
All Abarth models come with a three-year or 100 000km warranty and a three-year or 100 000km Maintenance Plan.
2021 Abarth 595 pricing in South Africa
Abarth 595 Turismo 1.4L FWD 5MT - R399 900
Abarth 595 Turismo Cab 1.4L FWD 5MT - R439 900
Abarth Yamaha Monster 1.4L FWD 5MT - R469 900
Abarth 595 Competizione 1.4L FWD 5MT - R479 900
Abarth Yamaha Monster Cabriolet 1.4L FWD 5MT - R509 900
Abarth 595 Competizione Cab 1.4L FWD 5MT - R519 900