Fiat has released a video, inspired by the 1969 film The Italian Job, that announces new special-edition Abarth 595 and teases the new Abarth 124.
The original Italian Job is perhaps best known for an extended (and quite overrated) chase sequence in which a trio of Minis dodge the polizia through the streets of Turin after Michael Caine and his band of merry thieves pull off a big heist in the famed Italian city. In a teaser video released Thursday titled “The Real Italian Job: The Full Story,” the tables are turned when it is three Fiat 500-based Abarth 595s that escape Turin — where the Abarth offices are, incidentally — and invade London.
Part of its purpose is to introduce a new Tricolore package for the 595. Available only on models in red, white or dark blue, the limited edition appearance package adds titanium-finish 17-inch wheels, red brake calipers, black mirror caps, an exclusive steering wheel, and racing stripes. No performance improvements are included, and the standard 1.4-liter turbo four with 140 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque is the sole engine choice. Tricolore edition 595s will be limited to 300 for the UK market.
The real money shot of the video, however, is a brief teaser picture of what is likely the Abarth 124, “stolen” from the Abarth factory. It’s all a bit hokey and “The Real Italian Job: The Full Story,” doesn’t really tell the full story. Instead, it hints at the 124 with a diecast model of an old 124, and offers only the briefest of glimpses. No further details were given. Watch the video below.