Abarth’s Lastest Pocket-Rocket Inspired by Formula 4

Abarth is bringing the tuning lessons of the race track to its latest hot-to-trot mini rocket, the Abarth F595.

Its powertrain is a direct derivative of those powering the Tatuus single-seaters used in the Italian and German Formula 4 series which has been promoting up-and-coming racing stars of the future since 2014. The Abarth F595 boasts a claimed output of 163bhp, 1.4-liter Euro 6D-Final-compliant T-jet engine. It’s fitted with the supercharged Garrett turbo with a geometric compression ratio of 9:1, delivering 169ft-lbs of torque from 2,250rpm. Top speed is achieved at 135mph, whilst 50mph to 70mph pick up is achieved in 7.8 seconds in fifth gear.

The engine is paired with manual transmission but can be fitted with the optional 5-speed automated manual transmission with steering wheel shift paddles. The 0 to 62 mph sprint takes 7.3 seconds with the manual transmission and 7.4 seconds with the sequential automatic variant.

The Abarth F595 offers a Record Monza Sovrapposto active exhaust, now evolved into a new configuration with four pipes – two on each side and stacked vertically. Drivers can control the active exhaust valve by the Scorpion button on the dashboard, raising or lowering the sound as required.

Freed from the shackles of road regulations, the engines in the racing Tatuus single-seaters achieve top speeds of 150mph and 0-62mph acceleration in around 5 seconds. Since the series inception, more than 350 drivers have taken to the track in an F4 single seater powered by Abarth.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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