In a nutshell:
- Two new special limited-editions of the Abarth 595 - the Scorpioneoro and the 595 Monster Energy Yamaha.
- Available to order from 4th September priced at £21,590 OTR for Monster Energy Yamaha and £22,345 OTR for Scorpioneoro.
- Both brim with tech and feature Abarth’s trusty 165 HP 1.4 litre T-Jet petrol engine.
- New models add to growing list of 595 special editions to choose from.
One of the world’s very best small hot-hatches - the Abarth 595 - has been given two new makeovers for a brace of special editions.
And whichever incarnation opt for, the snarling little Abarth has always been highly attractive as an affordable lease car - and one that’ll put a whopping great grin on your face.
The 595 already comes in a wide array of versions, with starting prices beginning at £17,310 and working all the way up to 30,650.
In its simplest and most basic 595 form, you have a choice of three power outputs from the 1.4 litre T-Jet engine - 145 HP, 165 HP and 180 HP.
Then on top of that you’ve already got a host of eye-catching incarnations - the matt silver ‘New Pista’, the glossy ‘Turismo’, the glaring yellow ‘Competizione’, the more sophisticated-looking ‘Esseesse’, and then the range-topping ‘Green Meanie’.
And now you can add two brand new special editions to the pleasingly-bonkers line-up - the moody blue ‘Yamaha Monster Energy’ and the absolutely stunning ‘Scorpione Oro’, whose dark black paint is off-set by striking gold detailing and 17-inch gold alloy wheels.
Both are powered by the 165 HP version of the 1.4 T-Jet and thanks to a power-to-weight ratio of 6.5kg/hp, they’ll accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 7.3 seconds.
The only real difference between the two powertrains is that the Monster Energy Yamaha comes with straightforward manual transmission, while the Scorpione features Abarth’s mechanical sequential transmission with shift paddles.
The Monster Energy Yamaha is the cheaper of the two at £21,590 on the road, compared with £22,345 OTR for the Scorpioneoro.
So, what’s the story behind the two models?
We’ll let Abarth explain, with a spokesperson revealing: “The Abarth 595 Scorpioneoro is a limited edition of just 2,000 models globally that pays homage to the exclusive A112 Abarth ‘Gold Ring’, better known to fans as the A112 Abarth ‘Targa Oro’.
“A truly exclusive car, only 150 models of which were produced in 1979, all featuring a black livery, gold details, sophisticated interiors and a wide range of equipment as standard, in line with the Italian tradition of ‘granturismo’ cars.”
Inside the Scorpione you get Abarth ‘Scorpionflage’ front sports seats, Scorpion Black dashboard with matt black details, a gold plate on the central tunnel, as well as the range-topping 7-inch HD Uconnect infotainment system fitted with Apple CarPlay and Google Android AutoTM.
Meanwhile the Monster Energy Yamaha edition clearly celebrates Abarth’s close relationship with the race team and is the ‘perfect expression of the Scorpion and Yamaha brands' shared values, rooted in performance, racing, technology and fun.’
Like the Scorpione, the Monster Energy Yamaha series is limited to just 2,000 units globally.
There’s ‘Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’ livery on the exterior and the famous Monster ‘claw’ on the bonnet.
And, as standard, owners will enjoy a racecar inspired flat-bottom steering wheel and centring stripe on the top part of the steering wheel rim, particularly useful for sports car driving.
Also standard is the Koni rear suspension, with Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) technology to increase road holding, handling and stability, as well as the HD Uconnect system.
The ‘Sport’ button controls the maximum torque delivery, power steering system calibration and throttle response.
Meanwhile there’s buckets of noise to be blasted out of the ‘Record Monza’ exhaust with active valve.
An Abarth spokesperson says of the Monster Energy edition: “This one-of-a-kind platform comes with the Abarth Telemetry system built-in, allowing drivers to measure their performance. Last but not least, this special series includes a dedicated splash screen, displaying the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP logo on the screen at start-up.”