Maker of fast Fiats, Abarth will be heading to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with the 595 Pista – ‘Track’ in Italian, indicating the compact car’s even more sporting slant in this guise. The Abarth 595 Pista is set to be offered as a hatchback and as a convertible, powered by a 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 160 hp and 230 Nm of torque.

Hot hatch purists will be glad to know the 595 Pista is available with a five-speed manual transmission, along with an optional sequential gearbox. The powertrain propels the 595 Pista from 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds, and onwards to a top speed of 216 km/h.

An Abarth Record Monza exhaust with quad tailpipes and switchable modes give the Pista’s engine its voice, while corralling the output is a set of suspension upgrades with Koni components. Wheels are 17-inch alloy items shod in 205/45R17 tyres, and behind them are brake calipers finished in either black, red or yellow.

Abarth Telemetry incorporates details of racetracks such as Monza and Spa-Francorchamps, providing detailed maps and real-time tips. The included Routes function allows the user to chart customised courses, access previously created ones and record GPS traces for later analysis.

The telemetry system is part of the Uconnect infotainment system, which includes satellite navigation and a 440-watt sound system comprising six speakers and a subwoofer, accessed via a 7-inch HD touchscreen; Uconnect is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The 595 Pista will be joined at the Abarth stand in Geneva by the Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha Limited Edition pictured above in grey, a special edition paying homage to the Yamaha XSR 900 motorcycle. The Yamaha edition Abarth was previewed late last year as the 695C concept, and makes for a nice bit of symmetry where the two-wheeler was also released as an Abarth edition, limited to 695 units.