Abarth 595 70th Anniversary edition announced

Commemorative edition Abarth 595 Competizione and new 595 Esseesse launched to celebrate the firm’s platinum anniversary

Abarth has released a commemorative version of the 595, based on the 595 Competizione, to celebrate the firm’s 70th year in business.

Revisions for the 70th Anniversary Edition 595 Competizione include a valved Record Monza exhaust, uprated Brembo brakes, a pair of Sabelt racing seats and a seven-inch infotainment system with support for Abarth telemetry, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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The Abarth 595 Competizione 70th Anniversary edition is powered by a 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 178bhp and 250Nm of torque. Like the standard model, 0–62mph is dispatched in 6.7 seconds, while the top speed stands at a claimed 140mph.

Prices start at £21,795 for the hard-top and £23,795 for the convertible.

Abarth has also revived its range-topping “Esseesse” nameplate for 2019. The new 595 Esseesse gets a range of performance-focussed updates, including a set of 17-inch Supersport alloy wheels, an uprated air filter, an Akrapovic exhaust system, a mechanical limited-slip differential and perforated Brembo brakes with oversized calipers.

Other additions for the 595 Esseesse include a pair of carbon-backed “Sabelt 70” racing seats, carbon fibre pedals, Abarth-branded side stripes and white mirror caps. Prices for the range-topping model start at £25,295 for the hard-top and £27,295 for the convertible.

To complement its commemorative models, Abarth has also given its base-model 140bhp 595 and mid-range 162bhp 595 Turismo a lift, providing both with unique “70th Anniversary” badging. Prices for the former start at £16,495, while the latter costs from £19,695.

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