There's something just so right about a beefy engine in a tiny car. The Abarth 595 models take that formula and really amp up the details, you get a 1.4-litre T-Jet turbo engine driving the front wheels in a lightweight body that spells fun with a huge F.
This 595 moves with comical speed – through its native environment of narrow city streets, it goes like a demonic rat through a laboratory maze. Best of all, it feels fast at any speed, especially the convertible 595C version, as we have here, roof down. It’s easy to have fun without breaking any speed limits.
Selecting Sport mode also triggers an increase in throttle response and adds weight to the steering. The latter is lively but not jittery, with decent feedback about the front tyres’ grip. Despite the 595’s high sides, compared with its length, body roll is kept under control in this Turismo model.
Our car looks particularly stunning finished in Gara White with a complimenting Red Leather Trim and Black Hood.
It has covered just 16,600 Miles from new, comes with a Full Service History and has the upgraded 17" 5 Spoke Anthracite Diamond Cut Alloy Wheel.
Power comes from the brilliant 1.4 Litre, 160 BHP Turbo Petrol engine mated to the 5 Speed Manual Transmision which provides amazing performance. 0-62 MPH in just 7.4 Seconds. 130 MPH Top Speed.
The Turismo’s exhaust note is not over the top, even with the optional Monza system fitted here — it’s not a popping and crackling fire-breather — but it makes a rorty and eager noise reminiscent of a lion growling through a didgeridoo.
Inside, the sound is sufficiently deadened even in this soft-top version; at 70mph, more noise comes in through the windows than the canvas above your head. Being subjected to a constant din on a long journey can be exhausting; not a bit of it with the little Abarth 595.
Additional features on this 'Turismo' model include * Electric Cloth Hood, * Dualdrive PAS, * 'Guide Me Home' Headlamps, * Alutex Door Aperture Kick Plates, * Electrochromatic Rear View Mirror, * Front Fog Lights, * Titanium Grey Effect Sports Grille, * 50/50 Split Folding Rear Seat, * Height Adjustable Drivers Seat, * Leather Steering Wheel, * Sports Seats, * ESP, ASR/MSR, HBA & Hill Holder, * 17" 5 Spoke Anthracite Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels.
The sheer silliness of the thing lends it charm. The Abarth 595 is great fun, a car with character and verve, and not many can claim that these days.