Implementing its policy of promoting continual brand growth on a global level, Abarth attended the 2017 Dubai Motorshow with three models – Abarth 695 Rivale Cabrio, Abarth 124 spider and Abarth 595 Competizione – to represent the range of the brand with the Scorpion badge which is being officially launched in the Middle East and North Africa. It is an important moment for the prestigious Italian brand which boasts a long and glorious racing and rally history and a further step forward in the Abarth expansion strategy with a sole mission: to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary by offering the best products in the compact sports car segment.
The three attractive cars on show are an invitation for the middle eastern public to learn more about the values of the brand based on top performance, craftsmanship and continual technical upgrade. These three values guide the work of the Abarth designers, engineers and technicians who create the compact supercars with the Scorpion badge engaged every day on the road and on the racing track.
The same enthusiasm fires the many fans worldwide who share the ideology as founder Karl Abarth and follow the many motorsports appointments in which Abarth racing cars star. Not by chance, races are a key element of the history and current substance of the Italian brand, as demonstrated by the tried and tested Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione and Abarth 595 OT (Omologata Turismo), not to mention the Abarth 124 rally, which debuted this season, and the Formula 4 cars which are also competing in the United Arab Emirates Championship and are equipped with the 1.4 Turbo t-Jet engine derived from the one used on Abarth street-legal and race cars.
Abarth 695 Rivale
Two Italian brands with a shared excellence in technology, innovation, attention to every detail and outstanding performances have come together to create Abarth 695 Rivale, the special series conceived in partnership with Riva. This historic, world-famous yacht builder, famed for its Italian elegance and style, has helped to create the most refined Abarth ever.
Available in a limited edition in sedan and convertible version, the Abarth 695 Rivale can be recognised by its exclusive livery: two-tone paintwork in Riva Evening Blue and Shark Grey, with the delightful touch of two aquamarine stripes running around the waistrail, similar to the “beauty line” that appears on yachts. The satin chrome finish on the door handles, the “695 Rivale” signature on the tailgate and rear wings, and the satin chrome moulding on the tailgate that recalls the sophisticated forms of a yacht, all make this model even more unmistakable, thanks to the stylistic affinity with the side view of the new Riva yachts.
All this glamour goes hand-in-hand with the usual striving for the best performances through the constant technical upgrading found in every Abarth car: under the bonnet of the 695 Rivale lurks a 1368 cc engine providing a maximum power of 180 HP and a torque of 250 Nm. The 695 Rivale’s weight-power ratio is worthy of a real supercar (5.8 kg/HP with a weight of 1045 kg) and the performance is stunning: top speed of 225 km/h and just 6.7 sec. (6.9 sec. with robotised sequential transmission) to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h. In other words, a car that will delight the most discerning customers, in search of elegance, sophistication and performance.
The underlying aim of the 695 Rivale is to surpass Abarth’s traditional values by embracing the unique allure of Riva, to satisfy the demand for thrilling performances combined with luxury-class elegance and refinement. Its style is inspired by the brand new open Riva “56 Rivale”, one of the most elegant, fastest yachts the Sarnico yard has ever built. These features are strongly present in the 695 Rivale, which also borrows some typical Riva design features to underline its emphasis on elegance and personality. In fact, the yacht and the car share some design characteristics such as the distinctive Riva grey colour and satin chrome mouldings.
Inside, carbon fibre sill, dark blue leather seats and door panels, black mats with blue inserts and dashboard in carbon fibre or mahogany, an optional variant that gives the car an even more nautical touch. Wood – the most natural of materials – meets state-of-the-art technology for a result of absolute excellence, just like on Riva yachts: the perfect combination of ultimate technology and expert craftsmanship. The mahogany variant embraces the Riva philosophy even more profoundly: a well as the dashboard fascia, it includes a special blue and black leather steering wheel with mahogany hub, blue leather instrument panel cladding and mahogany gear knob and sill.
The technical contents are also superlative: the UconnectTM infotainment system with 7″ HD touch screen, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, is standard equipment. Every car is complete with a hand-mounted numbered plaque which can also be customised, on request, with the name of the owner’s yacht: an original way of making the new Abarth 695 Rivale a high-performance land tender. Last but not least, the Abarth character is clearly visible in the Akrapović exhaust with carbon tips, the Brembo brakes with black 4-piston fixed calipers at the front, the 17″ Supersport alloy wheels with special gloss grey finish, and the Abarth by Koni suspension system with FSD (Frequency-Selective Damping).
Its unique characteristics make Abarth 695 Rivale an instant classic – absolutely worthy of a place on the elite Abarth Register, which only includes the most exclusive cars with technical or historic features that classify them as “collectors’ items”.
Abarth 124 spider
Exclusive automotive expression of the Italian lifestyle, 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. Derived from the best roadster platform, the most successful in automotive history, the new Abarth 124 spider has been further developed by Squadra Corse Abarth to guarantee the bold dynamics and driving joy of a true roadster. Proof of its technical excellence focused on handling quality is the mechanical self-locking differential supplied as standard. This device is typically found in top-of-the-range sports cars and emphasises the personality of the new Abarth 124 spider. The weight is 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.
A powerful, ultra-reliable 1.4 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with MultiAir technology throbs under the bonnet. It delivers 170 HP (about 124 HP per litre) and 250 Nm of torque: it has a top speed of 229 km/h and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds paired with a six-speed Esseesse Sports Sequential automatic transmission. What is more, since the engine sound is a fundamental element of all Abarth cars, standard equipment includes Record Monzaexhaust 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 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. 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 leather seats (as standard) and the excellent soundproofing afforded by the noise deadening windscreen, rear window and double-layer 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.
Finally, the colour range includes the pastel “Turini 1975 White” and “Costa Brava 1972 Red” shades, together with the metallic “San Marino 1972 Black”, “Hessen 1972 Blue”, and “Eastern Alps 1974 Grey” colours – all names chosen to pay tribute to the Brand’s prestige successes in the rallying world.
On sale in the EMEA area since last year, the new Abarth 595 range embodies the evolution of this iconic model: more powerful engines, even higher-performing standard features and many product novelties, some currently reserved only for up-market vehicles.
The New 595 Abarth range comes in three trim levels (595, 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione) and just as many engine power and tuning levels that satisfy today’s increasingly demanding and competent customers. Many of the upgrades introduced are the result of experience gained with the development of the 695 Biposto, the “smallest supercar”, a street-legal model which offers the excitement and technology of a real racing car.
Distinctive yet affordable, the 595 version is Abarth’s entry-level car: it offers all the standard equipment needed to ensure the driving pleasure typical of the Scorpion brand’s creations. The 595 makes the ideal base for those who want to fine-tune their car’s components over time, to make it unique. The 595 Competizione and the 595 Turismo express two further aspects of Abarth’s identity. The former, more “radical”, is designed for those with a passion for performance and uncompromising sportiness. The latter is based on the typical values of Italian GTs, but in a compact format designed for urban use.
One of the biggest innovations is the increased power of the 1.4 T-jet engine installed on the 595 and 595 Turismo versions. The first can now count on 145 HP and 206 Nm of peak torque, while the second delivers 165 HP and 230 Nm. What’s more, the 595 Turismo is now equipped with the Garrett GT1446 turbocharger. The 595 Competizione, with its 180 HP, is the ideal car for adrenaline junkies looking for racing performance and technical features. With the “Abarth Corsa by Sabelt” supportive shell seats, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7″ and braking safely with the oversize Brembo system and four-piston aluminium fixed calipers will be a pleasure.
With the high-performance Record Monza exhaust and dual mode system, the engine achieves a specific power of 132 HP/litre. The exclusive content is available, on request, on the rest of the range, together with the Record Modena exhaust ensuring identical performances combined with a specific tailpipe. As standard, all the 1.4 T-jet versions are coupled with a mechanical 5-speed gearbox, but the Abarth robotised sequential gearbox with steering wheel paddles is also available on request.
The Abarth 595 is also the only car in its segment with a mechanical limited-slip differential (Abarth D.A.M.), an exclusive performance feature derived directly from the experience gained with the 695 Biposto. Specifically, the mechanical limited-slip differential ensures adequate torque transfer across the front wheels when one has less grip (a typical example is cornering and coming out of a curve with a high lateral load).
To conclude, key features of the car’s interior include Corsa by Sabelt seats, some of the most supportive on the market today, with a high degree of lateral containment; the use of technical materials such as Alcantara and carbon fibre to underline the model’s sporty personality; and the 5″ or 7″ UconnectTM Live system, with presetting for Apple CarPlay and compatible with Android AutoTM, not to mention integral navigator and Abarth Telemetry. Also available is the high-quality, powerful BeatsAudio sound system with total power of 480 Watt and 8-channel digital amplifier.