As we are waiting for Abarth to initiate its electrified era with the hot hatch variant of the new 500, the Italian company has unveiled yet another update for the aging ICE-powered 595 and 695. The models get incremental changes over the previous years with two available power outputs and a total of four customization packages.
According to Abarth, the 2022 range pays homage to the inventiveness of its founder Carlo Abarth (1908-1979), although there is nothing really inventive about its offerings that are updated versions of a model that debuted back in 2008.
For another year the Abarth models are fitted with the good-old 1.4-liter T-jet four-cylinder engine with a Garrett turbocharger. The mill that is compatible with Euro 6D Final emission regulations produces 163 hp (121 kW / 165 PS) in the 595 and 177 hp (132 kW / 180 PS) in the 695, dropping the less powerful versions for 2022. Power is sent to the front axle through a five-speed manual or an optional five-speed automatic transmission with paddles. The 595 accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 7.3 seconds, while the more powerful 695 needs 6.7 seconds.
While previous model years were focused on offering a wide range of trims, this time Abarth renamed them into packages for customization. This means that the prospective buyer chooses between the 595 and the 695 and then has the option to add the style-focused Turismo (595 / 695), or the performance-focused Competizione (695) and F595 (595) packages.
Additionally, there are seven extra customization options like the – exclusive to the 695 – Racing Style Pack which includes the “Spoiler ad Assetto Variabile” adjustable rear spoiler. This feature debuted in the Abarth 695 70° Anniversario back in 2019 and was also fitted to the flagship Abarth 695 Esseesse last year.
Starting with the Abarth 595, it is fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, a double chrome exhaust, body-colored mirror-caps, satin chrome accents, gray dashboard, 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, black fabric upholstery, stainless-steel pedals, and a flat-bottom steering wheel. It also comes standard with Koni rear suspension and ventilated discs measuring 284 mm up front and 240 mm at the rear.
The Abarth 695 is distinguished by the 17-inch wheels, the tar cold gray exterior accents, and the quad tailpipes of the Record Monza exhaust system. Inside we find Sabelt seats with matte-gray shells, Alcantara upholstery, a tar gray dashboard, an aluminum gear knob, and a touch of carbon fiber on the steering wheel. Mechanically, besides the added power, it benefits from Koni FSD absorbers in both axles and larger ventilated discs at the front measuring 305 mm and featuring four-piston Brembo calipers.
Trim Options Translated To Packages
In terms of packages, the 595 Turismo brings a set of lighter Granturismo 17-inch alloy wheels, satin chrome mirror caps, special badges, and black or brown leather upholstery, while the 695 Turismo adds an Alcantara-upholstered dashboard and a sunroof.
Just like the Abarth F595 trim from last year, the performance-focused F595 package features the electronically-controlled Record Monza Sovrapposto exhaust system with vertically-stacked tailpipes, 17-inch wheels, a matte-black dashboard, and F595 badges. It also gets Koni suspension on both axles. Finally, the 695 Competizione flagship gets the same Record Monza Sovrapposto exhaust, Sabelt seats with red stitching and carbon shells, plus a mechanical limited-slip differential in versions with a manual transmission.
Abarth didn’t announce pricing for the updated 595 / 695 range but we suspect it won’t be too different from last year when it comes to similarly specced cars.
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