70th Anniversary version 595 will get a number of upgrades, and barrels together with a gusto that helps you forgive its flaws Basically a calmly modified model of the prevailing 595 Competizione, which has been wheeled out as a part of Abarth’s 70th birthday celebrations.It additionally sees the return of the Esseesse badge, which was beforehand the protect of the Italian model’s hottest fashions till it disappeared a couple of years in the past when the Abarth 500 morphed into the 595.So what’s new? Nicely, the obvious change externally is the adoption of the neat 17in multi-spoke alloy wheels which are an Esseesse trademark, whereas elsewhere it will get the identical not too long ago reprofiled bumpers as the usual 595. Inside, there’s a pair of bespoke figure-hugging Sabelt high-backed seats with a carbonfibre shell and a few natty purple stitching, whereas carbon trim additionally covers the pedals and the dashboard. It contrasts a little bit jarringly with the in any other case low cost and cheerful plastics, however most of what you see and contact feels of first rate high quality. Elsewhere there’s a TFT instrument pack and a turbo enhance gauge sitting in a pod simply to the left of the steering wheel. It’s not precisely tasteful, nevertheless it’s utterly in step with the Abarth’s fun-loving character.Beneath the stubby bonnet is the acquainted 178bhp turbocharged 1.Four-litre, however right here it breathes in via a BMC filter and exhales from a switchable carbonfibre-tipped Akrapovic twin exit exhaust. There’s no extra energy than the previous Competitzione, however the Esseesse will get the Competitzione’s Brembo callipers for the 305mm entrance discs, plus there’s a restricted slip differential. The suspension is essentially carried over, together with Koni’s frequency selective dampers. All very promising.