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New Abarth 595 Trofeo gives track day thrills at an affordable price

Friday 17 March 2017, By Autovolo

New Abarth 595 Trofeo gives track day thrills at an affordable price

New Abarth 595 Trofeo gives track day thrills at an affordable price

A new track-focused Abarth 595 has been revealed called Trofeo. It gets uprated performance parts and costs less than £20,000.

The standard 595 is based on the Fiat 500 and is modified by the Italian manufacturer’s tuning arm Abarth – it has a reputation for being a raucous little hot hatch.

But now there’s a slightly more track-biased version to sit between the base model and the hardcore 695 Biposto.

Upgrades over the 595 include perforated and ventilated brake discs, Koni rear suspension and Abarth’s noisy “Record Monza” exhaust pipe with a quiet mode. To differentiate it from the 695, the 1.4-litre engine remains unchanged.

Pricing has just been revealed for the new Abarth 595 Trofeo, with the standard hatchback costing £17,290 and the cabriolet starting from £19,290.

To reiterate the track-focused nature of the Trofeo, Abarth has fitted a special addition to the satellite navigation system that knows when a driver is on a circuit and can track their lap times. It stores data for later analysis, too.

Created by racer Carlo Abarth in 1949, the company was hugely successful in motorsports and made a name for itself by modifying road cars for race use. It was bought by Fiat in 1971 and was responsible for building the company’s successful rally cars of that era.

The name slowly died out, only resurrected in the 80s and 90s to denote the occasional go-faster version of Fiat road cars. But in 2007 the company was resurrected to build proper performance versions of the Italian manufacturer’s more ordinary machines.

It’s most popular models are based on the Fiat 500, such as this 595 Trofeo. However, it recently added the two-seater convertible sports car 124 Spider to its range.