27 March 2017

The Abarth line-up: three new models for peerless driving satisfaction


With the first and third place in the Grand Prix of Qatar with the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team riders in the bag, Abarth is landing in Sardinia with three exciting new models that visitors admired in the recent Geneva Motor Show. With the bay of Chia in the background, driving thrills, superlative performance and sporty style for the Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha, the new Abarth 595 Pista and the Abarth 124 spider Scorpione limited number special series.


The MotoGP racing season once again features the partnership between Abarth and the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team and kicked off in the best of ways for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team with both riders on the podium of the Grand Prix of Qatar, the first on this year's calendar.For the next two seasons, Abarth will be Official Sponsor and Official Car Supplier of the Yamaha Factory Racing team competing in the FIM 2017 MotoGP World Championship. For Abarth and Yamaha, races are important to gain experience to be transferred to standard production. In the meantime, the three new Abarth models, which were introduced at the recent Geneva Motor Show, are debuting on the roads of Sardinia, at the feet of the Sulcis mountain range. They are the Abarth 124 spider Scorpione special series, the new Abarth 595 Pista, the one-of-a-kind version of the iconic model of the brand, and the Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha limited edition special series, which results from the collaboration with Yamaha Motor Europe. This partnership also spawned the Yamaha XSR900 Abarth, a unique motorbike made by two of the most dynamic brands of the world motoring scene.


Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha Limited Edition

As a result of this prestigious partnership with Yamaha, Abarth is confirmed as the automotive brand which is most capable of conveying the real essence of the race track, in addition to sharing the values of sportsmanship and desire to excel that both the brand with the scorpion badge and the one with the tuning fork emblem have rooted in their DNA. In the wake of the thrilling Abarth 595 Yamaha Factory Racing and the 695 biposto Yamaha Factory Racing Edition comes the new Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha Limited Edition special series, available exclusively with a Pista Grey livery: only 695 sedans and 695 convertibles will be made. The new car was created to celebrate the Yamaha XSR900 Abarth, which is the exclusive motorcycle to spring from the collaboration between the two brands and which sports the same grey livery with red trim as the 695 XSR in addition to sharing many of its features. It is a lightweight yet high-performing café racer and the first motorbike spring from the partnership of the two brands in the scope of the Yamaha Faster Son programme.
The special series makes extensive use of carbon fibre demonstrating its affinity with the front fairing, front mudguard and saddle cover of the Yamaha bike. The Abarth 695 XSR and the Yamaha XSR900 Abarth also share Akrapovič ultralight exhaust developed in the racing world to boost the personality, sound and performance of both vehicles. On the Abarth car, the carbon fibre tailpipes enhance the looks and technology of the Dual Mode exhaust system with active valve. The XSR logo proudly displayed on the tailgate distinguishes the Abarth 695 XSR, while an aluminium badge identifies the sequential number of 695 units for each body type variant.
The extensive use of carbon fibre continues inside with the leather and Alcantara steering wheel with carbon fibre spokes. The car can be customised with a carbon fibre dashboard fascia, Sabelt leather and Alcantara seats with carbon fibre backrest shell and with the new Abarth kit and accessory range which includes pedal covers, gear stick knob and kick plate, also made of carbon fibre. A 1.4 T-Jet engine with GARRETT GT 1446 turbine sits beneath the bonnet. This develops a maximum power of 165 HP at 5500 rpm and a torque of 230 Nm. With this engine, the Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha with manual transmission accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3" and reaches a top speed of 218 km/h. Equipment of this special series includes Koni rear suspensions paired with Eibach springs, 17-inch Supersport alloy rims with Matt Black finish, Satin Chrome accents on handles and badge supports, side stripes and red bumper details, red brake callipers and braking system with perforated discs. This version can be customised even further using the tuning kit to increase the power to 180 HP and torque up to 250 Nm, improve handling by fitting a Koni front suspension with FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) valve and make braking even prompter by four-piston Brembo callipers combined with 305x28mm perforated and self-ventilating discs and high-performance Ferodo HP 1000/1 front brake pads.
Furthermore, the new UconnectTM 7" HD LIVE system with Apple CarPlay integration allows iPhone users to access contents, such as Apple Maps, messages, phone calls and Apple Music, and to use Siri voice assistant.
UconnectTM 7" HD LIVE is also ready to use Android Auto, allowing easy and safe access to voice assistant functions, Google MapsTM and Google Play MusicTM, using the radio touchscreen and controls on the steering wheel.
It will be possible to order the new Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha from April. Furthermore, Abarth is offering a "VIP Pack" dedicated to real enthusiasts to customers who will purchase it. This is an awards scheme that applies in Italy and the UK that takes place in two stages. First of all, by April 7, customers must fill in the online form on the www.abarth.it and www.abarthcars.co.uk websites. Once they have purchased the car from the dealership, they will receive two VIP tickets for Abarth Day on 20 May, in Italy and the UK; two tickets for an exclusive visit to the Abarth Workshops in Turin, an exclusive set of Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha lithographs, the "Faster Son" package from Yamaha, including a T-shirt, jumper and cap, and a poster with a carbon-look effect frame.


Abarth 595 Pista

The Abarth 595 Pista, the new version of the iconic model of the brand, is complementing the Abarth 595 line-up and consolidating its unmistakable personality by combining the typical sportiness and adrenaline of the brand with the scorpion badge with special design and style features. The latest addition to the 595 world is aimed at young customers and is inserted in the slot between the 595 145 HP and the 595 Turismo 165 HP, offering a product which is affordable but packed with contents at the same time and with a particular focus on power, handling, sound and infotainment. The model is available with two body types - sedan and convertible - and five body colours with contrasting details: Campovolo Grey, Gara White, Abarth Red, Record Grey and Scorpione Black.
It is equipped with a powerful 1.4 T-jet 160 HP (117 kW) engine, capable of delivering a specific power of 117 HP/litre and developing a torque of 230 Nm at 3000 rpm. The top speed is 216 km/h and the car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3": numbers like these demonstrate that the performance of this car is perfect for anyone looking for that racing adrenaline rush. Its racing personality is confirmed by its superior technical contents, such as perforated and brake discs (284x22 mm on the front and 240x11 mm on the rear), Koni rear suspension with FSD technology and high-performance Abarth Record Monza exhaust with Dual Mode and four tailpipes. As standard, the 1.4 T-jet 160 HP engine is paired with a mechanical five-speed transmission but it can be fitted with an Abarth robotised sequential transmission with shift paddles on demand. Standard are also the matt black 17-inch "Formula" alloy rims with 205/45 tyres and fog lights.
In terms of appearance, the Abarth 595 Pista stands out for the possibility of choosing the colour of the front and rear bumper insert, of the rear-view mirror caps and of the brake callipers (black, red or yellow). Furthermore, the external details have brushed chrome finish together with the specific "595 Pista" badge.
The convertible version is fitted with electrically actuated top and rear parking sensors as standard equipment.
Optional equipment includes the aerial concealed under the 595 aluminium cap on the roof, Xenon headlights, tinted rear windows and "Sky Dome" electric glass sunroof on the sedan version.
Height-adjustable, fabric or - on demand - leather Abarth sporty seats, instrument panel with 7-inch TFT colour display, matt grey dashboard fascia, climate control system and sporty leather steering wheel with viewfinder complement the interiors. Automatic climate control and electrochromic rear-view mirror are available on demand.
Other equipment on Abarth 595 Pista includes the state-of-the-art UconnectTM infotainment system with 7-inch HD touchscreen, DAB, six speakers, Bluetooth® with audio streaming, USB/AUX ports and Live services, which can be used to access a number of different applications. The system can be used to log into Facebook and Twitter directly, play over 35 million tracks on Deezer and tune to 100,000 radio stations with Tuneln. Reuters News offers real time updates, while the TomTomLive services provide information on traffic, weather and speed cameras.

The name of the special series - Pista, Italian for track - makes clear reference to the racing vocation of the model and to the one-of-a-kind features of the Abarth Telemetry system. More in detail, the next-generation capabilities of the infotainment system include the possibility of loading some of the most famous racing circuits in the world, like Monza, Spa-Francorchamps or the Red Bull Ring to name a few, selecting them during track sessions, viewing detailed maps and receiving real-time tips to improve lap times. In this way, Abarth 595 Pista drivers can access their recorded sessions and analyse their performance at any time. There is more: the Routes function can be used to create customised courses, access previously created ones, record GPS traces for each course and analyse then later.
The UconnectTM infotainment system includes integrated satellite navigator and Premium Beats sound system with 440 W of power, six speakers and one subwoofer.
On the Abarth 595 Pista, you can always keep an eye on performance and share the results with friends: the new UconnectTM system with 7-inch HD touchscreen combines steering wheel controls with Bluetooth, six speakers and the DAB system.
Moreover, with the UconnectTM 7-inch HD LIVE system you can access apps on your Android device thanks to Android Auto, or those on your iPhone using Apple CarPlay. Apple CarPlay is the easiest and safest way to use an iPhone in the car, to access Maps, Apple Music, to send message and more using Siri voice assistance and Uconnect technology.
This system prevents distractions so the drivers can keep their eyes on the road and have all controls close at hand.
The Pista version completes the new 595 Abarth line-up now includes three trim levels (595, 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione) and as many engine powers and tuning levels, designed to satisfy today's increasingly discerning and competent customers. The distinctive yet affordable 595 version, with its 145 HP of power, is the Abarth entry level model and offers all the standard equipment needed to ensure the typical enjoyment and driving pleasure expected from the brand. The 595 also makes the ideal base for those who want to tune up their car making over it unique. The 595 Turismo and the 595 Competizione express two more distinctive aspects of the Abarth identity. The former, with its 165 HP of power, expresses the typical values of an Italian GT, but in a compact size ideal for urban use. The latter, on the other hand, is more radical and adrenaline-packed. With its 180 HP and racing-derived contents, it is designed for motorists with a passion for performance and uncompromising sportiness. Both versions can be customised and tuned with a complete catalogue of kits and accessories.


Abarth 124 spider Scorpione

The new Abarth 124 spider is an adrenaline-fuelled, unconventional car destined to become an icon of driving satisfaction and sure to excite everyone who gets behind the wheel. Developed with Squadra Corse Abarth it has the bold dynamics and driving joy of a true roadster. The mechanical standard self-locking differential demonstrates the technical excellence for superior road holding. This device is typically found in top-of-the-range sports cars and emphasises the personality of the new Abarth 124 spider. Weights are concentrated between the axles and the engine is installed behind the front axle to guarantee optimal agility and superior driving feel. Sophisticated mechanics and special materials have been used to contain the weight to just 1060 kilograms. This results in a weight-to-power ratio of 6.2 kg/HP, the best in its category. Furthermore, the optimal weight distribution guarantees sincere and exalting response. The new Scorpione special series, a version designed for customers seeking the essence of unadulterated driving satisfaction, will have fun on the challenging roads near Chia.
The Scorpione maintains all the features of the 124 spider and is characterised by black leather and microfibre seats designed to maximise grip.
Under the bonnet of both models is a powerful, ultra-reliable 1.4 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with MultiAir technology. It delivers 170 HP (about 124 HP per litre) and 250 Nm of torque: it has a top speed of 232 km/h and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds paired with a six-speed manual transmission. What is more, since the engine sound is a fundamental element of all Abarth cars, standard equipment includes Record Monza exhaust with Dual Mode system capable of modifying the path of the exhaust gas according to pressure, guaranteeing linear torque and power delivery and generating a satisfying, deep roar at the same time. The spider is available with a six-speed manual or with an automatic Esseesse Sports Sequential transmission. The suspension of the Abarth 124 spider features high double wishbone suspension on the front and a five-arm multi-link on the rear. The set-up is calibrated specifically to increase stability on corners and enhance compression braking. Steering feedback is optimised by adopting a specific sports calibration of the power steering system.
Furthermore, the new Abarth 124 spider is decked out with a host of state-of-the-art active and passive safety devices. In addition to ABS, standard equipment includes EBD, for adjusting front and rear axle brake force distribution to optimise braking distances and guarantee control in all load conditions of the car. Of course, also standard is ESC, for optimal control in all driving conditions, particularly the most critical, in presence of snow, ice or slippery roads. All these devices can be set to two levels or completely deactivated for driving on the race track allowing the driver to exploit the outstanding balancing and dynamic features of Abarth 124 spider to the fullest and enjoy an unadulterated and direct driving feeling.
The Abarth DNA is confirmed on both models also on the inside with an overall focus aimed at guaranteeing perfect ergonomics. Leather seats are supporting and very comfortable at the same time to keep the driver in the ideal position as low and retracted as possible to be able to perceive all side movements of the car. Furthermore, the controls are perfectly in keeping with the sporty set-up of the car: the position of the pedal board, the vertical steering wheel and the short gear stick make for a fully enthralling driving experience. The dashboard features a large tachometer with red background arranged in central position facing the driver and a keyless start system.
Comfort is guaranteed by heated seats, standard on the version with leather seats, and the excellent soundproofing afforded by the noise deadening windscreen, rear window and double-layer soft top.
The latter is designed to be opened and closed with one hand from the driver's seat in a few seconds. Once folded behind the seats it does not occupy space in the boot.
Both cars on show are equipped with the Sound Plus Pack, which includes radio 7" touchscreen and a sophisticated Bose audio system with subwoofer and eight speakers, two of which integrated in the head restraints for a perfect listening experience. The Visibility Plus Pack, instead, features full LED automatic self-levelling headlights, LED daytime running lights, rain sensor, dust sensor, headlight washer and rear parking sensors.
The new Abarth 124 spider Scorpione special series is available with "San Marino 1972 Black" livery and "Forgiato Grey" and "Turini 1975 White" details.



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