• The F595's turbo 1.4-litre T-Jet engine makes 123kW and 230Nm.
• It has a top speed of 217km/h and does the 0 to 100km/h sprint in 7.3 seconds (manual) and 7.4 seconds (automatic).
• It is available in hatchback and convertible.
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Abarth's new special series, the F595, is a track-focused pocket rocket bred for the road.
It is available in hatchback and convertible, acting as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Formula 4 Italia single-seater by Carlo Abarth.
Under its bonnet is a 1.4-litre T-Jet engine that develops 123kW and 230Nm. It runs to a top speed of 217km/h and does the 0 to 100km/h sprint in 7.3 seconds (manual) and 7.4 seconds (automatic). Gear changes are done via a manual transmission, though a five-speed automatic with steering wheel shift paddles is available as an option.
The Scorpion King
New on the F595 is a Record Monza Sovrapposto active exhaust that allows the driver to control the exhaust valve by pressing a Scorpion button present on the dash. This improves the exhaust note at a whim.
The hatch sits pretty on 17-inch Formula alloy wheels, while the chunky 284mm front and 240mm rear ventilating discs underneath provide adequate stopping power.
Buyers can pair the Rally Blue coated mirror caps, front and rear bumper sections with a range of body colours - Race White, Campovolo Grey, Track Grey, Scorpion Black, Record Grey and Tarmac Grey.
Inside is a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a new infotainment display frame and the new matt black dashboard. Other stock bits include a 7-inch HD Uconnect system with DAB radio, built-in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The Abarth F595 most likely not reach local shores.
Compiled by Robin Classen