Revealed last year as an exclusive model limited to just 2 000 units globally, the Abarth Yamaha Monster edition has arrived to the South African market. This is joined by a revision for the entire 595 range.
Created as a supplementary product to its involvement in Moto GP, the Abarth Yamaha Monster edition sports the Yamaha YZR-M1-inspired racing livery which consists of a dual-colour blue and black finish. Within the cabin, owners will find a set of specific sports seats with blue finishes and the “Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP” logo on the head restraints.
The Abarth Yamaha Monster edition is powered by the T-jet turbopetrol 1,4-litre four-cylinder mill with the 117 kW and 230 N.m state of tune (thus making it the least powerful model of the range. The six-speed manual is available as standard at a price of R469 900 for the hatch and R509 900 for the cabriolet. A n Abarth robotized sequential transmission with shift paddles is available for customers that don’t feel like shifting gears.
While the Abarth Yamaha Monster edition is a bit down on power, it does benefit from a Record Monza exhaust system with active valves, an uprated braking system with 284 mm front and 240 mm rear ventilated discs and a Koni rear suspension with Frequency Selective Damping.
Kicking off the Abarth 595 range remains the Turismo with a price tag of R399 900 and R439 900 for the Cabriolet. New to this trim is a refreshed interior with diamond-embossed leather seats available in a number of colour options, including the new heritage brown. This model is still powered by the same aforementioned four-cylinder mill with a power output of 121 kW and 230 N.m of torque.
The Competizione is now presented as the mid-range offering despite it being the most powerful model with a 132 kW state-of-tune. This sells for R479 900 and R519 900 for the Cabriolet. As part of the upgrade, an all-new Rally Blue colour has been added to the exterior palette. This matte finish is inspired by the Fiat 131 Abarth Rally of the 1970s. New 17-inch alloy wheels are a nod to those of the 1990s Lancia Delta Rally Integrale, while a body colour body kit is specific to the Competizione in combination with the new rally blue or scorpione black exterior paint.
Inside, in addition to the ‘Scorpion’ mode selector with its new design, a new dashboard covered in Alcantara can be found, alongside new leather seats and gear lever in carbon fibre.