Abarth is celebrating its position as the Official Sponsor and Car Supplier to the FIM MotoGP Championship with the launch of a new range of 595 sports hatches – the Abarth 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition. Abarth is a brand known for making performance exhausts and other hot bits for Fiat cars for over half a century. Now, they’ve taken their expertise and applied them to this pukka Fiat 500.
Created from a partnership with the Yamaha Factory Team, and with world champion riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo who are on course for an historic one-two finish in this year’s championship, the tiny Fiat is powered by Abarth’s potent 1.4-litre T-Jet engine that churns out 160 hp and 230 Nm of torque. The 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition is further enhanced with a Record Monza exhaust system, Koni shock absorbers with FSD (frequency selective dampers) valves and Eibach lowering springs.
This tiny city runabout does boast some impressive figures, such a century sprint time of just 7.4 seconds with an eventual top speed of 210 km/h shot out via a five-speed stick shifter. But what sets this apart from any other Fiat 500? With 17-inch matte black alloy wheels, painted brake callipers and optional matching Abarth side stripes and mirror covers, there is no mistaking the 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition.
Darkened windows, a flat-bottom leather steering wheel, aluminium pedals and a special ‘Yamaha Factory Racing’ badge – all as standard – enhance the model’s sporting credentials. Xenon headlamps, leather interior and dual zone air conditioning are among the cost options that are offered should it tickle you fancy. The 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition retails for £17,420 or about RM115k.