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‘Bold, playful’ Abarth 595 and 695 receives updates for 2022

Abarth is urging lease customers to put the ‘joy’ back into driving with its updated new 595 and 695 pocket hot hatches.

The bite-sized funsters have long been putting a smile on the faces of drivers, who might choose one above rivals like the MINI Cooper S or the Volkswagen Up! GTI.

And now both the 595 and 695 have been updated to offer even more thrills, complete with sharper suspension, more performance, and great options for personalisation.

An Abarth spokesperson says: 

“Now available in two models and power levels, the Abarth 595 with 165hp and Abarth 695 with 180hp have special features to provide for both customers who are more concerned with style and those for whom performance is a must.
“Both versions offer thrilling performance, a roaring exhaust, an irreverent and playful, yet bold, style and, of course, the joy of driving.”

Starting with the base 595, the first thing to note is that power levels have risen a fair ol’ whack - up to 165 hp compared with the 143 hp of old.

That’s largely thanks to a fancy new turbocharger from Swiss specialists Garret Motion. Top speed is now 135 mph while you’ll accelerate from 0-62mph in just 7.3 seconds, with the manual gearbox.

You can also expect Koni rear suspension and Abarth’s special, high-performing braking system which features 284-mm front and 240-mm rear ventilated discs.

Your 595 lease will also bring you 16 inch alloys, a double chrome exhaust, front fog lamps, and stainless steel pedal caps.

Alongside the regular 595 you will also find the 595 Turismo, which is built more for comfort and ‘elegance’, as Abarth puts it.

The 595 Turismo gets larger 17 inch alloys, a dedicated steering wheel, automatic climate control, 3D sat nav and leather upholstered seats.

The F595, on the other hand, is designed for motorsports enthusiasts, and comes with a host of ‘racing features’. They include vertically stacked quad tailpipes, an adjustable exhaust valve for the fruitiest of barbles, as well as Koni suspension up top.

The 695, on the other hand, sits at the top of the Abarth tree. It boasts power of 180 hp, and promises an all-round more ‘exhilarating’ experience. There are Sabelt fabric seats, unique 17 inch alloys, and styling flourishes throughout the exterior, too.

You can also enjoy the ‘Record Monza’ exhaust system with its ‘unmistakable roar’.

The top speed for the 695 is now 140 mph, with acceleration from 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds. To put that into context, it’s almost on a par with the 178 hp MINI Cooper S, which will do the same sprint ever-so-slightly quicker in 6.6 seconds.

The same sportiness applies to the Koni FSD shock absorbers on both axles and the powerful braking system which features red, front 4-piston Brembo calipers and 305mm front and 240mm rear ventilated discs.

Like the 595, the 695 is also available as a ‘stylish’ Turismo model, offering two-tone leather seats, an Alcantara-upholstered dash, and a sunroof as standard.

The 695 Competizione, meanwhile, fulfils the same sort of niche as the F595, being a model for the petrolheads among us. It gets a ‘Record Monza Sovrapposto’ exhaust system with titanium pipes and a mechanical limited slip differential as standard, while you can also opt for the Abarth robotised sequential gearbox with steering wheel paddles.

Alongside all of these models and trim levels, both the 595 and the 695 are also available as a fabric convertible.

Prices start at £21,295 for the 595 and £24,495 for the 695.

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