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MY23 Abarth 695 Competizione update announced for Australia

The model year 2023 Abarth 695 is about to land in Australia, bringing in refreshed exterior colours while packing the same power-punch attitude and Italian flair as before.

Just one variant remains, called the 695 Competizione. It’s powered by a potent little 1.4-litre turbo that develops 132kW. Buyers can opt for either a five-speed manual or automated-manual (auto). Acceleration across 0-100km/h takes 6.7 seconds in the manual and 6.9 seconds in the auto.

The Abarth 695 Competizione, despite its performance focus, makes for a great city car thanks to its lightweight stature (1045kg tare for the manual), petite proportions and good fuel economy. The manual is officially rated at 6.0L/100km and the auto is stamped at 5.8L/100km.

For the MY23 version, standard features include 17-inch Montecarlo alloy wheels, yellow-painted Brembo brakes, Koni sports suspension, and a new bi-modal Record Monza exhaust system arranged in a vertical stack design.

Inside, there’s a 7.0-inch TFT instrument cluster, a 7.0-inch touch-screen media interface running Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital radio, and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel. A new matt black dash is also introduced.

A range of nine colour combinations are being offered, and Abarth is welcoming a new Racing Orange option for the MY23 version. Buyers can also option for a two-tone/contrast roof for $1600.

The new model is on sale priced from $37,900 (excluding on-roads), with showroom entry scheduled for November. It joins the recently-announced MY23 Fiat 500 and Abarth 500e.

Brett Davis

Brett started out as a motor mechanic, but eventually became frustrated working on cars that weren't his. He then earned a degree in journalism and scored a job at Top Gear Australia back in 2008, and then worked at Zoom/Extreme Performance magazines, CarAdvice, and started PerformanceDrive/PDriveTV in 2011 with Josh Bennis, and ran it for 12 years. He's now the owner and managing editor here at Driving Enthusiast.
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