Luke Wilkinson 2019-09-16 12:00
Fiat’s performance sub-brand introduces a new mid-range version of the Abarth 595, named the Pista
Abarth has revealed yet another hot Fiat 500 derivative – the new 595 Pista. It’s a better-value, better-equipped version of the 595 Turismo automatic, introducing a range of previously optional performance and cosmetic upgrades as standard. Prices start from £19,135, representing a £1,060 saving over the equivalent Turismo.
The 595 Pista is powered by the same turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as the Abarth 595 Turismo, albeit with the addition of a revised Garrett turbo. Abarth’s active Record Monza exhaust system is also included as standard – a feature which isn’t available on the Turismo. Power and torque figures stand at 163bhp and 230Nm respectively.
The engine sends its power to the front wheels via Abarth’s MTA five-speed paddle-shift transmission. Performance figures are yet to be confirmed, the Pista should share the same 7.2-second 0–62mph time and 135mph top speed as the MTA-equipped 595 Turismo. Abarth won’t offer the 595 Pista with a manual gearbox.
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The new addition to the Abarth line-up is finished in a unique matte grey paint, with green highlights for the front splitter, mirror caps and rear diffuser. Buyers also get a set of 17-inch, ten-spoke, satin black alloy wheels and adaptive Koni dampers for the rear axle. The Pista is also fitted with a set of drilled and ventilated disc brakes, measuring 284mm on the front axle and 240mm on the rear.
Inside the 595 Pista is finished with a pair of heavily bolstered, cloth-trimmed bucket seats (as opposed to the Turismo’s more accommodating, leather-trimmed chairs), a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, a seven-inch digital instrument binnacle and a seven-inch infotainment screen with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
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