We’re celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Abarth 595 together, a fantastic opportunity to explore the legacy of the brand as it continues to evolve in terms of performance and design.
In 1963, Carlo Abarth unveiled the Fiat-Abarth 595 at the Turin Motor Show, a move that changed the perception of small sports cars forever.
The 595 stood out on the outside with its eye-catching front grille and other characterizing details, including the unmistakable "Fiat Abarth 595" lettering which underlined the connection between the two brands.
Its debut was marked by a brilliant marketing initiative: the offer of free test drives, making the 595 the most coveted car at the Show.
Built on the solid base of the Fiat 500 D, the 595 is not just iconic for its pretty face: in fact its most "hidden" parts, such as those under the hood conceal the technical specifications that identify its character: displacement increased to 593. 7cc, special cast-iron cylinders cast in a single body, pistons with a raised top for higher compression, a more powerful camshaft and a vertical Solex carburetor. but above all, the oversized aluminum oil pan that protruded, almost menacingly, under the rear fascia and then, last but not least, the "Record Monza"-type dual-exit sports muffler.
The result was a small but particularly aggressive and even noisy car with noteworthy performances loaded with 30% more power than the original version, with 27hp at 5,000 rpm and a peak speed of 120 km.
Later iterations, such as the 695 and 695SS, continued on this trajectory, offering more and more power and speed.
The new generations of the Abarth, such as the 500e, the 165-hp 595 and the 180-hp 695, embody the brand's founding values, remaining testaments to Carlo Abarth's avant-garde vision: a legacy that continues to shine in the global motoring scene, keeping the spirit of the Scorpion alive.