For the sixth consecutive time, the Abarth 595/695 performance models have been named “Best Car” in the Mini Cars/Import category by the German automotive magazine, Auto Motor und Sport. The “Best Car” award winners are chosen by readers of the magazine to indicate their favorite cars on the German market. More than 101,000 readers cast their votes, choosing from 387 different models on sale in Germany, divided into 11 different categories, each with a special classification for imported vehicles.
The performance-bred Abarth 595/695 models took home the title in the Mini Cars/Import category with 25.6% of the vote against 12 competitors. When placed against the German brands and the import competition, it scored second place overall for the Mini Cars category.
Since 1949, the Abarth brand has been synonymous with high-performance vehicles that offer driving pleasure to a wide range of customers. The spirit of the Abarth 595 and Abarth 695 has won the hearts of thousands of car enthusiasts around the world. The victory in the 2021 “Best Cars” competition serves as further confirmation of the international success of these small sports cars, and of the passion for the Scorpion brand in the German market.
Currently, the Abarth 595 lineup consists of the standard 595 which features a turbocharged 1.4-liter T-Jet four-cylinder engine producing 145 horsepower and 152 ft.-lb. of torque. The standard 595 is capable of a 0 to 62 mph run in 7.8 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph (210 km/h). The 595 also benefits from an aggressive updated body over the standard Fiat 500 on which it is based. The front and rear bumpers, side skirts, spoiler, and rear extractor are all designed to improve performance.
From there, you can step up to the 595 Turismo. The Turismo adds an additional 20 horsepower to the 595 and improves its 0 to 62 mph time to 7.2 seconds. Top speed is also improved to 135 mph (218 km/h). The Turismo also adds exclusive leather seating in a handsome Helmet Brown color.
The next model in the lineup is the Abarth 595 Competizione. Producing 180 horsepower and 184 ft.-lb. of torque for its turbocharged 1.4-liter engine. With a 0 to 62 mph time of just 6.7 seconds, the 595 Competizione is one fast mini car. The 595 Competizione also adds things like a set of 17-inch aluminum wheels, a new Rally Blue matte-finish exterior color which pays homage to the 1970s Fiat 131 Abarth Rally car, and a quad-exiting Monza exhaust. Exclusive to the 595 Competizione, the Performance Pack contains; Abarth D.A.M. (Mechanical Limited Slip Differential), Sabelt GT cloth seats as standard equipment, new Montecarlo alloy wheels, a hidden antenna with aluminum 595 roof cap, and an aesthetic customization kit.
The last model in the core 595 lineup is the Abarth 595 Essesse. Separating itself from the 595 Competizione, the Essesse comes standard with a set of Sabelt Racing Carbon seats. A carbon gear shifter knob and two instrument panel designs in either Matte Black or Alcantara give the Essesse a more race-ready feel.
All variants of the 595 are available in either hatchback or convertible configurations.