Abarth 595 esseesse and 124 Rally Tribute continue 70th anniversary celebrations

Abarth reveals new 595 esseesse hot hatch and 124 Rally Tribute special edition at Geneva Motor Show

2019 marks 70 years of Fiat’s performance sub-brand Abarth, and following the release of the company’s 70th anniversary special editions in January, two more cars have joined the lineup.

Harking back to the original esseesse tuning kit offered by Abarth in the 1960s, the new 595 esseesse sits above the Competizione at the top of the 595 food chain. Performance figures remain unchanged with 178bhp and 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds for the manual, and 6.9 for the robotised automatic, but plenty of extra kit is thrown in as standard.

Best hot hatchbacks on sale

The esseesse gains an Akrapovic dual exit exhaust and white 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels, while the BMC air filter, Brembo brakes and Koni sport suspension remain unchanged.

To match the white alloys, all esseesse models are dressed with white side stripes, door mirrors and front splitter. Inside, special versions of the Competizione’s carbon fibre-backed Sabelt sport seats are added with ‘70’ embroidered into the headrests. Along with some carbon pedals, a 7-inch infotainment screen is also included with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Joining the 595 esseesse at Geneva is a special edition version of the 124 Spider called the Rally Tribute.

Celebrating the success of the Abarth 124 rally car in the FIA R-GT Cup rally series, just 124 Rally Tributes will be built, each one fitted with a numbered metal plaque inside the cabin. Each car will get exclusive interior and exterior badging, a carbon fibre hard top and the traditional matte black bonnet and boot lid.

What do you think of the special edition Abarths? Let us know in the comments...

Recommended

Geneva Motor Show 2021 cancelled
News

Geneva Motor Show 2021 cancelled

The 2021 Geneva Motor Show has been cancelled due to financial hardship and poor manufacturer response
30 Jun 2020
Geneva Motor Show
Geneva Motor Show

Geneva Motor Show

Welcome to our Geneva Motor Show hub page, scroll down for all our Geneva content...
28 Feb 2020
New Fiat 500 2020 review
Fiat 500

New Fiat 500 2020 review

Fiat's all-new 500 city car has a range of 199 miles and is priced from £21k can it claim top spot in the small electric car class?
1 Sep 2020
Fiat 500 review
Fiat 500 front
Fiat 500

Fiat 500 review

Still fashionable and fun, but the three-door Fiat 500 isn’t as practical as some city car rivals
8 Jul 2020

Most Popular

New Audi RS e-tron GT electric supercar to boast around 700bhp
Audi e-tron GT

New Audi RS e-tron GT electric supercar to boast around 700bhp

The hot Audi RS e-tron GT will use a triple-electric motor set-up and our exclusive images preview how it could look
16 Oct 2020
BMW adds Android Auto to 750k cars in huge iDrive software update
News

BMW adds Android Auto to 750k cars in huge iDrive software update

BMW is installing the latest OS 7 operating system to its iDrive infotainment systems over-the-air, bringing new functionality to three quarters of a …
16 Oct 2020
New 2021 Dacia Spring revealed as Europe’s cheapest electric car
Dacia

New 2021 Dacia Spring revealed as Europe’s cheapest electric car

The Dacia Spring will take on electric city car rivals like the SEAT Mii Electric with a sub-£20,000 asking price
15 Oct 2020