It has two doors, four seats and is built for spirited driving from the moment the doors are unlocked, and the engine is turned on.

Originally launched in 2008, and upgraded in 2017, 2018 and 2022, the Abarth 595 Competizione is immediately recognisable, thanks to key factors of performance, technology, and iconic Italian style.

While small, the height, measured from the ground to the top of the car, is 1485mm, width is 1627mm and length is only 3657mm, it is a powerhouse and drives like it’s on rails.

Powered by a 1.4 litre turbocharged engine, the Abarth 595 Competizione offers 132kW/250Nm and a proper three pedal 5-speed manual transmission with drive through the front wheels. An automated manual transmission is also an option.

The Abarth 595 Competizione was designed with fans of performance in mind, who hold a no-compromise attitude when it comes to sport.

Abarth 595
Abarth 595

Standard equipment includes Koni dampers, a bi-modal Record Monza sports exhaust, Brembo brakes, leather sports seats and steering wheel, a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a 7.0-inch instrument display.

From 0-100 km/h in only 6.7 seconds, the Abarth 595 Competizione packs a serious punch. Other inclusions are four-piston front Brembo brakes, with BMC Panel Air Filter, and red painted calipers.

No fewer than 10 exterior colours are available, starting the no-cost Gara White. Modena Yellow, Campovolo Grey, Pista Grey, Abarth Red, Record Grey, Podium Blue, Scorpione Black and Adrenaline Green cost an extra $650, while Rally Blue matte attracts an extra $1600.

A black roof is available with Modena Yellow, Abarth Red, Adrenaline Green and Gara White for $1600 in total on the hatch, while red, white or black stripes and mirror caps are available for $450.

Abarth 595
Abarth 595

While the Abarth 595 Competizione is not for everyone, it is a little barrel of fun. It lacks a reverse camera, and it doesn’t have cruise control, plus the seats have no height adjustment, which sucks on all counts, it is the perfect town car or weekend play toy.

595 Competizione hatch manual – $32,950
595 Competizione hatch auto – $34,950
Note: All prices above exclude on-road costs.

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