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Abarth 595/695 Takes Home Best Cars “Mini Cars/Import” For Sixth Time:

Germans Love The Mini Performance Car...

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.

2021 Abarth 595 Competizione. (Abarth).

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.

2021 Abarth 595 Turismo. (Abarth).

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.

2021 Abarth 595 Esseesse. (Abarth).

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. 

2021 Abarth 595 Competizione. (Abarth).

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.

 

Jared B

Jared founded MoparInsiders and is a 36-year-old automotive enthusiast from Vancouver, British Columbia. He took an interest in cars at a very young age and has been interested in them ever since. His hobbies include photography, videography, drag racing and auto detailing. He currently owns and drives a 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, 2020 Ram 3500 and rides a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650.

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Do I dare? Should I? What the heck! I believe Fiat really screwed up it’s return to the US market and launching with just the 500 was a mistake. But, big but, now I believe this new 500 needs to be returned to our market, it’s too good not to be given a shot. In addition, more Fiat models must be offered just to get a broader range of people in the showroom. Alfa Romeo must go to Maserati dealerships so that Fiat can focus solely on Fiat. This 500 is really special and I think enough Americans can be drawn to it, not by the charming, witty marketing of the past, but by concentrating this launch on the technology, outstanding ergonomics, value and common sense attributes, basic stuff. Only one way to overcome the embarrasment, the mistakes, relaunch and do it right this time. My gut says this 500 is too good not to try again. Play it again Sam.

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Do I dare? Should I? What the heck! I believe Fiat really screwed up it’s return to the US market and launching with just the 500 was a mistake. But, big but, now I believe this new 500 needs to be returned to our market, it’s too good not to be given a shot. In addition, more Fiat models must be offered just to get a broader range of people in the showroom. Alfa Romeo must go to Maserati dealerships so that Fiat can focus solely on Fiat. This 500 is really special and I think enough Americans can be drawn to it, not by the charming, witty marketing of the past, but by concentrating this launch on the technology, outstanding ergonomics, value and common sense attributes, basic stuff. Only one way to overcome the embarrasment, the mistakes, relaunch and do it right this time. My gut says this 500 is too good not to try again. Play it again Sam.

Yeap sell it at every CDJR in good standing and it outsell the 300, there are enough college age females and city center people that would still love the car. The 50E for sure for return.

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OK, this video and channel might not be your cup of tea, but it uncovers a world beyond Auburn Hills.

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