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Revamps to the Abarth 595 range see changes to the four-strong model line-up.

The car, the performance sub-brand’s version of the Fiat 500, will continue to be offered in both hatch and convertible formats, and in four trim levels – 595, Trofeo, Turismo and Competizione. All employ a 1.4-litre petrol engine with power outputs ranging from 145 to 180hp.

Changes include the introduction of an Active Exhaust as standard on Trofeo and Competizione models. This includes a Sport button that when pressed by the driver opens an exhaust valve, producing a more obvious, deeper engine note.

The two models can also now be specified in a new Adrenaline Green exterior colour option while the Turismo can be purchased in Asphalt Grey.

The entry-level 595 remains available – compared to a standard Fiat 500 it gains a flat-bottom steering wheel with a satin chrome centre stripe, a Sport button to adjust maximum torque output, the power steering and accelerator pedal settings, and a bespoke Abarth braking system with ventilated 284mm discs on the front and 240mm discs on the rear. Exterior and interior are also individually customised to each Abarth trim level.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.