If you want to see a Fiat 500 with a difference head for Monaco.
Why? Because no one in Monaco, or its main town of Monte Carlo, would dare to be seen in something so common. It would be like admitting you weren’t a millionaire.
And, let’s face it, everyone in Monaco is so loaded with loot that all the wives and girlfriends of the yacht owners who live there drive around in Abarth 595s, when they’re not in hubby’s Bentley or Lamborghini.
I’m not being sexist, I promise you, because I’m not that sort of person. It’s just that it seems the Fiat 500 is the most desired girl’s car in the real world.
That’s the world where people actually drive around in cars they can afford, rather than make statements or show off.
Now Fiat have come up with details of the new 2019 range of Abarths, which also happens to be the company’s 70th anniversary.
Every 595 now comes with a 70th Anniversary badge, along with performance that will have you grinning from ear to ear the moment you start driving it.
An eight strong line up is available with two 145hp models, two 165hp cars and four 180hp lunatic machines that sees the return, after 10 years, of the 595 Esseesse, with a crackling Akrapovic exhaust system, “Sabelt 70” sports seats, limited slip diff, Brembo brakes, vented front discs, red brake calipers, 17in white Supersport alloys and Abarth side stripes.
Drivers can choose a quieter engine if they want to but, hell, where’s that traditional Abarth roar?
A 145hp Abarth hits 0-62mph in 7.8s on the way to 130mph, 165hp gets you 7.3s and 135mph while 180hp Competizione and Esseesse cars produce figures of 6.7s and 140mph.
That should be quite scary in a car the size of a Fiat 500.
The range starts at £16,495 for a 1.4 T-Jet rising to £27,295 for a 180hp Esseesse convertible.