The Abarth Yamaha Monster Energy has arrived on South African shores, with the limited-edition 595 designed “especially” for young customers and motorsport fans, and celebrating the shared values of the brands – performance, racing, technology and fun. See pricing below…
Limited to only 2 000 units worldwide, the Abarth Yamaha Monster Energy’s aesthetics are inspired by the livery of the 2020 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s YZR-M1. The exterior features a dual colour, blue and black livery bearing the “Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP” logo on its lower side, just above the “595” moniker. The dark colours are contrasted with the “tar cold gray” finishes, as seen in the door handles.
Inside, the model features new Abarth sports seats, complete with blue finishes and the “Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP” logo on the head restraints. Mirroring the dual colour exterior livery, blue lining stands out from the black dashboard. A numbered plate is placed on the central tunnel to remind driver’s this is a special hot hatch.
As standard, the cabin includes a race car-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel, replete with centre stripe which, Abarth says, is “particularly useful for sports car driving”. A seven-inch HD infotainment display is included, and features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto screen mirroring. The Uconnect setup also comes with Abarth’s telemetry system, which allows drivers to measure their performance.
The Abarth 595 Monster Energy Yamaha is equipped with the automaker’s 1.4 T-jet engine, producing 114 kW. The 1.4-litre unit is exclusively coupled to a manual transmission. However, the firm says it can be fitted with a robotised sequential transmission, replete with paddle shifters, on demand.
According to Abarth, the braking system has been “especially” designed for this model. The fore and aft ventilated brake discs measure 284 mm and 240 mm respectively. A Koni rear suspension setup, complete with frequency selective damping, is standard to “increase road holding, handling and stability”. The soundtrack is provided by a Record Monza exhaust system.
The 595 Yamaha Monster Energy is available in two guises – standard hatch and cabriolet. The hatchback variant is priced at R469 900, while the drop-top version costs R509 900.