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The updated 2018 Abarth 595 range has landed in Australia, bringing a fresh look, a much-needed infotainment upgrade, and lower pricing.

Now kicking off at $26,990 plus on-road costs (down $510) for the entry-level 595 ‘Series 4’ manual, the updated model brings an additional 4kW in base trim, now sitting at 107kW from its 1.4-litre turbo four, along with a new 5.0-inch Uconnect colour touchscreen infotainment system with DAB digital radio.

Other changes for the base car include new LED daytime-running lights, improved aerodynamics, an “improved sport-oriented” steering wheel position, and new poly-elliptical headlights.

Standard equipment includes 16-inch right-spoke alloy wheels, body-coloured side mirrors with power adjustment, satin chrome trim for the door handles and badge highlights, and dual-chrome exhaust outlets.

Next in the two-strong line-up is the 595 Competizione, which is pitched as the more “radical” offering. Starting at $31,990 plus on-roads (down $5010), the flagship Italian hot hatch gets a power bump to 132kW, four-piston front Brembo brakes with red calipers, along with a bi-modal ‘Record Monza’ exhaust system with quad tips.

There’s also Koni shock absorbers front and rear, a carbon-fibre/Alcantara multifunction steering wheel, 17-inch ‘Corsa’ alloy wheels, ‘Tar Cold Grey’ exterior highlights, leather sports seats and additional exterior colours – including a number of two-tone combinations.

Both versions are offered with a 440W Beats Audio sound system, while the 595 Competizione is exclusively available with Sabelt sports seats in either cloth or leather/Alcantara trims.

Additionally, both the 595 and 595 Competizione are available in both regular hatchback and convertible body styles.

Note: Overseas model shown

2018 Abarth 595 details

Pricing

595 – from $26,990 (-$510)
595 Competizione – from $31,990 (-$5010)

Features

595

  • 107kW 1.4-litre turbocharged engine
  • 16-inch eight spoke alloy wheels
  • Body colour mirrors with power adjustment
  • Satin chrome finishing (front door handle, back door handle, front and back badge support)
  • Matte black front dam and rear bumper insert
  • Polyelliptical front headlamps
  • LED Day running lights
  • Dual tip chrome exhaust
  • 5.0-inch Uconnect infotainment system with AM/FM/DAB radio

595 Competizione adds:

  • 132kW 1.4-litre turbocharged engine
  • 17-inch “Corsa” alloy wheels
  • Tar Cold Grey external mirrors with power adjustment
  • Tar Cold Grey finishing (front door handle, back door handle, front and back badge support)
  • Tar Cold Grey front dam and reader bumper insert
  • Tar Cold Grey “Abarth” side stickers
  • Red painted brake calipers (front Brembo)
  • Bi-modal Quad tip “Record Monza” exhaust
  • Leather sport seating
  • Available Sabelt seats in cloth or leather/Alcantara

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