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New Abarth 595 to cost from £15,090

New Abarth gets updated Fiat 500 exterior and interior tweaks

Fiat has updated the Abarth 595 with a power boost, optional limited slip differential and the interior and exterior upgrades from the facelifted Fiat 500.

As standard, the Abarth 595 will now be running 143bhp from its 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine. Those who opt for a 595 Turismo will get 162bhp, while the 595 Competitizione remains the same output at 178bhp. The Competizione however can be specified with a limited slip differential.

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The front end of the 595 remains largely the same, albeit with the inclusion of the LED daytime running lights now found on the standard Fiat 500. The new rear lights have also been added. Abarth has changed the front bumper to include bigger air intakes and tweaked the rear diffuser.

>Read our Abarth 695 Biposto review

Those optioning 17-inch wheels can now choose lightweight Granturismo alloys which are said to improve ventilation for the brakes. The range-topping Competizione retains the louder Monza exhaust.

Interior changes are slightly more extensive. The facelifted Fiat 500 brought the car's interior into the modern age and here, the Abarth 595 gets the same. Now included is a 7-inch infotainment system that includes satellite navigtaion and DAB radio. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now "avialable on request".

>Read our Abarth 500 review

A new flat bottomed steering wheel is now included with the car, while the optional carbon-fibre dash trim from the slightly bonkers 695 Biposto can also be optioned.

Expect the new Abarth range to go on sale from June this year. Fiat has now confirmed prices for the Abarth 595 as starting at £15,090 and rising to £18,290 for the Turismo. Those wanting the top-spec Competizione will need to pay £20,290, while the convertible commands a £2000 premium over the standard car.

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