Abarth 500 and 595: Resurrecting Repute

Story By
Aditya Purwanto

Gaining its first international recognition as a compact car with a sports pedigree, Abarth has reemerged to please lovers of the romanticized road cruise, as well as giving an exuberant driving experience just slightly on the speedy side.


Sometimes you don’t need to look beyond the cover page to know that a book would be good, or bad. One small glance at the new Abarth and anyone could tell that the thing is made to raise the hair at the back of your neck. Take a ride in it, and find out that the appeal is far more than meets the eye. Abarth is more than just a brand, it’s a history how something so simple could be another thing that turned heads. 

Born in Austria, but later was naturalized as an Italian citizen, Karl Albert Abarth was an automobile designer. Formerly known as a formidable racing driver, he founded the Abarth& Co. racing company in Bologna, Italy (1949). The company made racing cars, in addition to becoming a major supplier of high performance exhaust pipes. Fiat later bought the company in 1971, and Abarth restarted its history as Fiat’s inhouse tuning company, with a little of panache on the side.

Brought in by PT. ParamaUnggulOtomotif as the importer and maintained by PT. Genta Surya Otomotif to provide sales and after sales services, Abarth in Indonesia will launch 4 models; Abarth 595 Turismo C, Abarth 595 Turismo, Abarth 595 Competizione, and the 140bhp Abarth 500 which is positioned as the entry point for customers to gain access to the brand.

The new Abarth 500 has 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engine in here, turbocharged to 135bhp. Giving the small Fiat 500 car some talons to match its look. Turismo and Competizione variants get the 160bhp pack as standard, along with upgraded front and rear dampers plus 17-inch alloys. The track ready daily roundabout car that grips as well as it goes forth. The entry point Abarth 500 includes a five-speed C510 transmission, low ride suspension, dualdrive electric power steering with SPORT setting, 6.5 x 16” aluminium alloy rim with 195/45 R16 tyres, four-wheel disc brakes (front ventilated). Interior includes turbo pressure gauge, gear shift Indicator, aluminum foot pedals, Blue&Me MAP with Telemetry monitoring and GPS system. The dual-mode exhaust does its shouty best to remind you that this is a more special little runaround.

The interior is designed to be clear, fun, and functional, but Abarth didn’t forget to stir things up a notch with a beefy sports steering wheel, lavished in leather and throned with the vivid scorpion badge. Even though options are available to customize the interior, the default arrangement is what deemed to be simply ideal.

What makes a car more than just a metal box with four wheels you sit and go around inside? You see it like someone you haven’t met for a long time. It becomes your companion in your journeys, and a trustworthy partner in your life. Meet the new boss, even better than the old boss.