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Abarth’s mini supercar: as fun to drive as it is ideal for getting around town

December 17, 2018 - Driving an Abarth is always a pleasure and the 595 Turismo, the latest addition to the Abarth family, is a powerhouse of excitement. This eye-catching little gem sports a matte grey livery, leather sports seats with Abarth emblazoned on the headrests, and matching door panels and mats. The satin insert at the center of the dashboard adds to the allure, as do the pedals, scuff plates, satin chrome trim and mirror caps, and tinted rear windows. In short, it’s a package that unites the best of performance, luxury and comfort.

Sport mode: engage

Abarth 595 Turismo

Although the Competizione is the most powerful model in the range, with a 165hp 1.4L turbo engine, the Turismo is no slouch either. On winding roads like the panoramic Oasi Zegna – which goes from the Po Valley up into the mountains – this powerful little Scorpion really shows what it’s got. Here, you won’t find many straights. Perfect driving terrain for an Abarth, which is best enjoyed through curves. The Oasi Zegna starts out with two wide switchbacks, where the 595 immediately demonstrates its speed and agility as the engine emits a satisfying growl. Shift into Sport mode and accelerate and you will get goosebumps as the curves tighten in the woods and the Turismo really shows its stuff. The steering is super responsive in this short car, and its perforated leather steering wheel with rally-style centering band will enhance your driving pleasure.
As you climb, the switchbacks come thick and fast, and the stiff suspension and “flat” setup of the 595 make you feel one with the road. Sport mode also plays its part by distributing torque and tweaking the power steering and the accelerator. And with the Turismo’s paddle shifters, you’ll really feel like a pro driver.

Perfect control

Abarth 595 Turismo

The 595 Turismo is audacious but safe with features such as its Koni rear suspension with Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) technology for enhanced handling and agility. Its front-wheel drive won’t give you under-steer and precision is enhanced by the Torque Transfer Control (TTC), which helps transfer power to the road and improves grip. The Turismo’s lightweight, 17” Granturismo alloy wheels have an enhanced ventilated surface for greater heat dissipation and more consistent brake performance. And if you need to hit the brakes hard, the drilled brake rotors will be there for you (even in the wet).
The 595 Turismo’s five-speed gearbox comes in paddle-shift and fully automated sequential versions, and the car offers impressive levels of acceleration from the low end all the way up to 6000 RPMs. It will do 0-100 km/h in an excellent 7.3 seconds and can reach a top speed of 218 km/h (135 mph).

Top-of-the-line kit

The sun shines bright inside the Turismo, too, as you pump music from your phone, connected to the 7” Uconnect screen via Apple CarPlay or Google Android Auto, and out through the phenomenal BeatsAudio system.
This stunning little Scorpion will turn heads in the city, too, and with the Urban package, which includes rain, light, and parking sensors, it’s perfect for city driving. Fuel consumption is also sure to please, as the Turismo gets 12 km/l (28.2 mpg) in the city and 15 km/l (35.28 mpg) on the highway.

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