Considering one of Fiat’s biggest selling points is its seemingly limitless customization options, its no surprise that a new edition has been released for the Fiat 500. The car made its debut last week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and it now getting two new production models, one called the Abarth 595 Turismo, and the other a 595 Competizione. Both editions will be released at the 2011 Bologna Motor Show in Italy.
The new models are aimed at buyers who want subtle but sporty qualities out of their 500. Power will be the same for each, with a 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder T-Jet motor that makes 160-hp at 169.9 lb-ft of torque. Top speeds reach 131mph, and the tiny car goes form 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds. Performance upgrades are available for both cars, as well.
For the 595 Competizione, a 5-speed manual transmission is included, and the 595 Turismo is mated to an electric manual with steering-wheel-mounted control.
The 595 Turismo is painted in black and red two-tone, comes with 17-inch alloys, and has an interior to match the exterior, plus aluminum accents and pedals.
Fiat’s Competizione version get a coat of Grigio Record exterior paint that coats the 17-inch wheels as well, Brembo brakes, and a two tone leather and alcantara interior.
Also making its premier appearance at the Bologna show is the Abarth 695 “Assetto Corse”, a track version of the 500 that is powered by a 1.4-liter turbo charged four-cylinder. The motor puts out 205hp and the car comes with wheels, brakes, suspension, and transmission all race-spec.
– By: Alexandra Koken