Dutch Celebrate With Abarth 500 Competizione
The Dutch have decided to celebrate the first anniversary of Abarth’s return with a very limited special edition. The Abarth 500 Competizione is available now, but there will be just ten of these exclusive little hatchbacks available.
So what’s so special about the Competizione edition? For a start you get some very tasteful 17-inch Competizione alloys painted Night Black, a matching roof sprayed black and some Abarth stickers along the sills that are also … you guessed it … black.
On the inside you get climate control, a Blue & Me sat-nav system and an Interscope hi-fi system with subwoofer. To finish things off there is also unique leather upholstery sporting an Abarth Competizione logo.
There are no mechanical changes so power remains at 135bhp, thanks to the 1.4-litre turbocharged engine, although this can be boosted to 160bhp by fitting the Esseesse kit.
So what’s the cost of such exclusivity? A hefty €3000 over the standard Abarth 500, making this limited edition cost a wince-inducing €24,995. That’s about £21,500 at today’s exchange rates, making it more expensive than a Focus ST or Astra VXR and a host of other more powerful hot hatches, although the Dutch market does pay a lot more tax than us on new cars.
With any luck Abarth UK will decide to do something similar, I just hope they’re a bit more generous with the pricing.