It had escaped our attention that Abarth sponsors and supplies cars to the MotoGP championship. Which leads us to this Abarth 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition.
Works Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo are on course to secure a rare one-two finish in the 2015 championship (two rounds remain at the time of writing). The 595 Yamaha comes with some suitably racy upgrades.
The 1.4-litre T-Jet turbo motor has been tweaked to produce 158bhp and 170lb/ft of torque and a Record Monza exhaust added for extra burble. 17in matt black wheels and dark windows butch up the styling, while a flat-bottom steering wheel, aluminium pedals and Yamaha Factory Racing badging finish the visuals off.
More serious, though, is the upgraded suspension. Abarth has added Eibach lowering springs and trick Koni dampers with FSD valves, which give a much better balance between ride and handling.
Abarth quotes a 0-62mph time of 7.4secs and a top speed of 130mph, with combined fuel economy of 47.1mpg and Co2 emissions of 139g/km.
The Abarth 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition is on sale now, priced from £17,420.
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By Only Motors