Trofeo is new track-oriented version of sporty Abarth 595

A new, track-focused Abarth 595 has been revealed in the form of the Trofeo, with uprated performance parts.

Based on the Fiat 500 and modified by the Italian manufacturer’s tuning arm, Abarth, the standard 595 has a reputation for being a raucous little hot hatch.

But, now, the tuner has revealed a more track-focused version, between the base model and the top-spec, high-performance 695 Biposto.

The Trofeo gets perforated and ventilated brake discs, Koni rear suspension, and Abarth’s raucous Record Monza exhaust pipe, but with a quiet mode.

The 157bhp, 1.4-litre engine is unchanged, though. At £17,290 (no prices for Ireland) for the hatchback version, it offers great value for money.

As evidence of its track-day attitude, the 595 Trofeo comes with a unique satellite navigation system that contains some of the world’s most famous tracks.

While visiting tracks such as Spa-Francorchamps or the Red Bull Ring, drivers can save and analyse their lap times.

Created by racer, Carlo Abarth, in 1949, Abarth became a hugely successful racing team and made a name for itself modifying cars for use on track.

The company was bought by Fiat in 1971 and became responsible for the company’s rally cars.

The name slowly died out, occasionally used in the 1980s and 1990s to denote faster versions of Fiat’s cars, but, in 2007, the company was resurrected to build proper performance cars, based on the Italian manufacturer’s more common vehicles.

It’s best known now for its hotter versions of the Fiat 500, such as this new, 595 Trofeo model.

However, it has recently added the 124 Spider to its range, which is a two-seater convertible sports car.

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