Abarth has unveiled its new 500 range, fresh from their return as the official car of the 2014 Gumball 3000 rally. Three cars took part in the event: a 160hp 595 Turismo; a 180hp 595 50th Anniversario; and a 695 Biposto.

The 595 Turismo continues as the mid-point in the range, with its 160hp, 1.4-litre T-Jet turbo engine, leather seats and 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. The 595 Competizione uses the same engine with a Record Monza exhaust for a more burbly noise and perforated disc brakes front and rear for more stopping power.

Just 299 595 50th Anniversario cars will be built with the 180hp version of the Abarth engine and an Abarth Competizione manumatic gearbox. 305mm Brembo brakes bring everything to a halt, while the Competizione’s exhaust provides the soundtrack.

The highlight of the new range, though, is the stripped-out, two-seater 695 Biposto. Its 190hp motor flings the lightweight special to 62mph in 5.9 seconds and on to 143mph. It is available only in a matt Grey Performance colour scheme, has front, rear and roof spoilers and Brembo brakes. If you want to get really serious, you can specify the optional ‘dog leg’ race-spec gearbox, lighter aluminium bonnet, carbon fibre trim and four-point rcaing harnesses.

The Abarths colour charts have been refreshed with a total of 17 hues available. You can even go for a bi-colour scheme if you’re brave. Inside there’s a new instrument panel with a 7-inch TFT dual-mode display screen: in normal mode it displays the usual fuel consumption, headlight alignment and so on; in sport mode it shows performance data including a G-meter, if you’re interested in that kind of thing.

The new Abarth 500 range starts from £14,560 for the 135hp base model, rising to £32,990 for the 695 Biposto.

More information available here

Check out our interview with Gumball founder Maximillion Cooper here

New Abarth 500

Gumball founder Maximillion Cooper (Right) with 695 Biposto on 2014 Gumball 3000