So while the 595 looks tempting at just £15,090, it does without a lot of the equipment that looks rather appealing further up in the range. As well as just 145hp (against 165hp), it does without the Koni FSD dampers and the new, lighter 17-inch ‘Granturismo’ wheels found in the Turismo. Get hold of a Competizione and the 595 also comes with a mechanical limited-slip diff, Brembo brakes and Sabelt seats, plus the option of a Performance Pack. With 180hp, Abarth claims a 0-62mph time of 6.7 seconds.
Standard across the 595 range is a Uconnect 5.0in touchscreen infotainment system with DAB and optional satellite navigation. Buyers can specify a high-definition 7.0in version of the system, which gets standard sat-nav and Abarth Telemetry, displaying a live readout of driving data that can be collected and shared directly onto social media.
Additionally, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be offered as optional equipment with 7.0in Uconnect systems from September, allowing passengers to mirror their smartphones onto the infotainment screen.
Abarth offers Beats audio system for customers who opt for it. The steering wheel in the latest model is flat bottomed and the dashboard features a trim to match the overall color tone used in the interiors. The next gen version of the Abarth 595 is all set to go on sale in June 2016. The launch takes place in Europe and more regions will be covered later.