With the Fiat 500 due to arrive in North America, we're watching its development with renewed interest. The new Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari is particularly interesting since it adds an extra layer of style and exclusivity to the supermini.
Every Abarth reflects the brand's connection with motorsport, and the new 695 Tributo Ferrari takes the links to a new level, with high performance matched to daily usability.
This exclusive limited-edition is priced at Euros 35,500 ($46,000). On the outside the new livery is inspired by Ferrari's models, with carbon mirrors, Corsa Grey wheels and front air intakes.
Powered by a 1368cc turbocharged engine, producing 180bhp at 5500rpm and 184 lb-ft torque at 3000rpm, the 695 Tributo Ferrari can accelerate from 0-62mph in seven seconds and has a top speed of 140mph. However, the frugal engine can return 36mpg US on the combined cycle. The car features a comprehensive list of standard equipment. which includes an Abarth leather steering wheel, 'Record Monza' dual-mode exhaust, Abarth Corsa by Sabelt seats and 17-inch wheels. Mounted behind the steering wheel are the paddles for the electro-hydraulic Abarth Competizione transmission, which has manual and auto modes. Pressing the Sport button on the dashboard activates a more racy setting for the gearbox, ECU and steering for an even more responsive drive.
The original Abarth 695 was introduced in the mid-1960s. The pinnacle of this series was a 38hp engine - although tuning could raise it over 50hp.