Making reference to the Abarth logo, Scorpion is the new name for the Sport drive mode. The Scorpion dashboard button alters peak torque delivery as well as the calibration of the power steering and the way the engine responds to the accelerator, making them sharper and increasing driver engagement. The entire range is equipped with an Abarth-specific high-performance braking system which provides maximum safety courtesy of the 284mm ventilated front discs and 240mm rear discs. The 2021 range is also equipped with the 1.4 T-jet powerplant available in three power outputs, 145bhp for the 595, 165bhp on the Turismo and 180bhp for both the Competizione and the Esseesse. All are Euro 6D Final compliant and the updated range includes no diesels. The entire range is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard although the Turismo, Competizione and Esseesse can, on request, be fitted with an Abarth robotised sequential transmission with shift paddles.
The entry-level Abarth 595 is priced from £17,760 OTR and offers as standard a flat-bottomed steering wheel, updated instrument panel and pressure gauge illuminated in white to aid legibility as well as poly-elliptical headlights and LED daytime running lights. Xenon headlights are available as an option.
Next in the range, the 595 Turismo offers several colour choices for its exclusive diamond-embossed leather seats. This includes the new heritage brown. The Turismo is priced from £20,960 OTR.
The Competizione (£23,060 OTR) offers Rally Blue as a new, matt finish exterior colour and 17-inch alloy wheels – both are inspired by classic Fiat and Lancia rally cars from the 1970s and 1990s. Also specific to the Competizione is a body-coloured body kit. Internally, the seats are leather, the new dashboard is finished in Alcantara and there is a carbon fibre gear lever.
The top of the range Esseesse has new titanium tailpipes for its Akrapovic exhaust system to provide an even more powerful sound than that already synonymous with the Abarth. Inside, there’s a carbon fibre gear lever as in the Competizione and a new dashboard effect. The Esseesse is also equipped with the Garrett GT1446 turbine as well as a mechanical self-locking differential. Koni FSD shock absorbers are included on both axles and Brembo brakes with fixed aluminium callipers.
The new range is equipped with the Abarth Uconnect system which features a 7-inch high definition touchscreen, DAB radio and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Satellite navigation is an option as is BeatsAudio. Refined and powerful, BeatsAudio was developed in collaboration with Beats by Dr Dre and has a total output of 480W and features an 8-channel digital amplifier with an advanced equalisation algorithm able to recreate the sound spectrum an artist experiences during a studio recording. The system consists of two dome tweeters which are located in the front pillars, two 165mm mid-woofers in the front doors, two 165mm full-range speakers in the rear side panels and a 200mm subwoofer in the boot, located in the spare wheel compartment.