Words: Amazosan (from raw data here)
From a classic Abarth to a classic Abarth in the making; and also a modern Fiat 500 that I actually like.
Unveiled 50 years to the day after the original 695 was launched, the spotlight was firmly on the new 695 Abarth 695 Biposto ('two-seater') at the 2014 Geneva Show, defined by Abarth as 'the fastest Abarth road car ever built. The 1.4 T-Jet engine packs a 187bhp turbocharged punch, demolishes the 0-62mph sprint in just 5.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 143mph. The car boasts redesigned bumpers, side skirts, wheel arches and the prominent front spoiler has tasteful carbon inserts made by Zender The satin grey paint might not add to the potent performance, but it sure adds to the menace, while the special aluminium bonnet has two mini humps, inspired by the Abarth 124 Sport Spider. The mirrors are also made of carbon.
The interior embodies the spirit of a racing car and appears to be more hardcore than other manufacturers track-inspired models; to shave weight, the rear seats are long gone, taking with them the air conditioning and radio. The xenon headlights and their control systems and also the fog lights have joined the weight-shedding exodus, along with the electric windows, glass and door winder mechanisms; perspex side windows and air vent slides are pure race car. the interiors als features an MXL digital data logger and special bucket seats with Sabelt 4-point harnesses.
On that racer vibe, that gear shift looks for all the world like its been robbed from a BTCC car, but it's still a H-pattern gear shift, operated by a beautifully machined aluminium selector and capable of clutchless shifts. The five-speed transmission and limited-slip differential are purpose made by race gearbox specialist Bacci Romano; Abarth states that you will indeed need a degree of expertise to get the most out of it - no doubt.
The stinger missile also features a front-mounted intercooler, an Akrapovic exhaust system, Extreme Shox adjustable shock absorbers, meaty Brembo calipers and vented, cross-drilled discs hiding behind 18-inch OZ rims and a titanium anti-roll bar at the rear made by Poggipolini. The 695 Abarth Biposto offers as standard ABS, ESP and TTC and of course the LSD. Three different customisation kits will be offered; the 124 Speciale Kit, the Carbon Kit and the Pista Kit, with each one of them providing a different exterior look and other features.
And some extras: an Abarth 695 Asetto Corse Evolution;
And the original Abarth 695: