ABARTH 595 SCORPIONEORO

In a tribute to the A112 Abarth “Gold Ring”, the exclusive special edition hot hatch, the Abarth 595 Scorpioneoro, has arrived in Australia. Limited to just 30 units of the global production run of 2,000, the Abarth 595 Scorpioneoro is an unmistakable tribute to the heritage of the Abarth brand. It features black scorpion livery adorned with gold accents throughout. Power comes from a Euro 6D 1.4 T-jet engine with five-speed manual transmission. And it accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 7.3 seconds. The Abarth 595 Scorpioneoro’s dark exterior is… Read more

ABARTH 695 RIVALE SPECIAL EDITION

Abarth Australia has announced it will import just 35 units of its 695 Rivale Special Edition models to this country. These are in celebration of the heritage of the Riva Yachts, prestige boats famed for their opulence, performance and sophistication. Available in both hatch and cabriolet versions, the Rivale Edition features a two-tone exterior finish of Riva Blue & Tributo Ferrari Grey, reminiscent of Lake Iseo, where the Riva brand began. The Rivale Special Edition is based on the current Abarth 595 Competizione. Visually it stands out by having satin… Read more

ABARTH 124 SPIDER MONZA SPECIAL EDITION

Abarth Australia has introduced a limited edition 124 Spider Abarth Monza Special Edition. “The legacy of Carlo Abarth has driven the production of some of the world’s most exciting motor vehicles and this Monza Special Edition continues the realisation of his passion,” said Fulvio Antonelli, the director of Abarth in Australia. The 124 Spider Monza Edition is limited to just 30 units, each with its own numbered plaque. In a very stylish Italian way the plaque is crafted of brushed aluminium with a laser etched finish, and features the Monza… Read more

2018 ABARTH 595 COMPETIZIONE

What a hoot! I loved driving the Abarth 595 Competizione for the whole week I spent in it. Partly for its lively attitude to the road, but chiefly because of the attention and pleasure it gave to other road users, even to pedestrians would you believe. I’ve had the pleasure of piloting Italian supercars – Ferraris, Maseratis and Lamborghinis (tough lives we motoring journos lead…). While these often get gazed at in envy and other drivers like to race them off the lights, sometimes these ultra expensive machines get me… Read more

2018 ABARTH 595: MORE POWER, FEWER DOLLARS

The smallest hot hatches in Australia, the Abarth 595 and the full-on Abarth 595 Competizione have received extra power, a facelift, improved infotainment and added equipment. Prices have been trimmed as part of the revision of the Italian marque’s plan to lift its slowish sales downunder. Both models are powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine, the Abarth 595 delivers 107 kW, in the Competizione is re-tuned to give 132 kW. Note that a Competizione with a 118 kW engine is no longer being imported to Australia. Smart move, it’s surely… Read more

ABARTH 124 SPIDER IS AN AFFORDABLE ITALIAN SPORTSCAR

The Abarth 124 Spider is an affordable Italian sportscar with lots of racing, rallying and sporting heritage behind it. Its shape is cleverly based on that of the early 1970s Abarth 124 Rally. Best of all, it’s cheap as chips. The cost of the little hotshot has been kept down by teaming with Mazda which builds the world’s biggest selling open-top car, the MX-5. An odd situation? Yes, but one that’s increasingly common these days, with many unlikely bedfellows – BMW and Toyota, Nissan and Mercedes, and many more. The… Read more

ABARTH 124 SPIDER IS ONE ITS WAY.

Abarth is to Fiat what HSV is to Holden and AMG to Mercedes; an organisation that takes standard cars and turns them into hot sports and/or racing machines. The latest one to come to Australia, the Abarth 124 Spider, is now on a ship downunder and goes on sale on Friday, October 7th. Carlo Abarth already had a strong background of building racing cars before he set up is own company in Bologna, Italy in 1949. His star sign was Scorpio and he chose a scorpion based badge for his… Read more

ABARTH 595 GETS ‘FERRARI’ ENGINE!

The old and the new, an excellent shot of the latest Abarth 595 meeting its hot ancestor from 1963.

Abarth, the high-performance division of Fiat, has produced a limited edition version of its hot Abarth 595 and the really big news is the installation of a Ferrari engine! Well, it’s not a Ferrari engines as in the megabuck supercar, but the one from the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari. The Abarth 595 ‘50th Anniversary’ celebrates the introduction of the original Fiat 500 Abarth 595 in 1963. Following on Fiat Australia’s sellout success with the limited edition Fiat 500 by Gucci, the company’s Australia chief, Veronica Johns, says she is proud… Read more