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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari”









The Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari”

The Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari” makes its world debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show. This new performance version of the Abarth 500 confirms the link between Abarth and Ferrari based on shared values that include a passion for performance, a racing soul, attention to detail and Italian style.


Ferrari 166/250 MM Abarth

Abarth and Ferrari are two great names that have contributed, with conviction and dedication, to the legend of Italian racing that is known around the world. The legendary men behind both marques followed very similar careers: first drivers, then tuners and finally heads of companies that command genuine respect in the world of motor racing. These extraordinary men were associated in the past: in 1953, for example, a unique Ferrari-Abarth was born, the Ferrari 166/250 MM Abarth. The car raced in various international trophies including the legendary Mille Miglia.



The tie between the two companies has been reinforced above all by the exhaust systems designed by Abarth specifically for the cars built at Maranello: numerous exhaust systems have been made for various Ferrari models, some of which have won World Championship titles.

Now attention turns to the new Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari”, an exclusive vehicle that not only enables Abarth to extend its range by entering into the luxury sports car market, but also offers Ferrari customers a small but exciting small car for all their mobility needs, including practical urban transportation.
Fiat 500 Ferrari Courtesy Car

The two brands have recently renewed their collaboration. The first result of this was the supply of a limited and numbered series of Abarth 500’s to Ferrari’s European dealers in recent months for use as “courtesy cars”.



Interior of the Fiat 500 Ferrari Courtesy Car

 


Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari”

 
The new Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari” is distinguished by a number of stylistic changes, but more importantly by substantial modifications developed by Abarth and Ferrari engineers. The engine, for a start, is a 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16v, tuned to produce 180 HP and 184 lbs-ft of torque or about 50 HP and 33 lbs-ft more than a standard 500 Abarth.

1965 Fiat Abarth 695

The 695 in the name pays tribute to the 1964 Fiat Abarth 695, the ultimate road going Nuova Fiat 500 of that era.



This is combined with an MTA (Manual Transmission Automated) electromechanical gearbox with race-inspired paddle gearshift that makes full use of the engine’s performance by reducing gearshift times.


The interiors are also personalized and demonstrate the attention to detail and the sporting style that are common to both brands. “Abarth Corsa by Sabelt” seats are fitted and finished in black leather with a shell and seat base in carbon fiber. These seats offer a perfect blend of racing characteristics – light weight (10 kg less than the standard seat) and the ability hold the body steady against lateral and longitudinal forces, thanks to body support elements filled with crush-resistant foam – with the ergonomics and comfort of road seats.


The black leather steering wheel is augmented with red leather inserts and a tricolor hub on which the MTA gearshift paddles are mounted, while the instrument panel is specially made by Jaeger, and inspired by typical Ferrari instrumentation.



Attention to detail has gone into the floor too: the foot wells are covered entirely in non-slip aluminum and the racing pedals are personalized with the Scorpion logo. The interior is embellished with other details too, like special kick plates and a plate bearing the vehicle series number.


Seventeen inch wheels, huge four piston Brembos and special shocks

 

This special Abarth is fitted with performance tires on 17’’ alloy wheels featuring a design reminiscent of Ferrari wheels. The suspension and braking systems have also been modified to cope with the extra power: 284 mm multi-section discs with fixed four-piston calipers, both by Brembo, and a lowered suspension with uprated shock absorbers let you enjoy performance in total safety.


Traditional Abarth rear exhaust outlets featuring four tips


Abarth "Record Monza" exhaust will be available for
other Fiat 500 models

And of course there is a “Record Monza” variable back-pressure “dual mode” exhaust, designed to improve engine performance and deliver a straight through exhaust note over 3,000 rpm.


Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari” Grey mesh inserts


Carbon fiber door mirrors

On the outside, the car is finished in Scuderia Red, with carbon fiber door mirrors and with details like the wheels and rear air intakes in Racing Grey.


Bi Xenon headlights

 

This new Abarth is equipped with Xenon headlights with dipped and main beam functions for improved light emission and excellent efficiency under all weather conditions. Made by Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting, these elements deliver three times the light intensity and lifespan of standard halogen lamp headlights.



View specifications for the Abarth "Tributo Ferrari" here.

Read more:

Abarth 695 Series archives
Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati
Abarth 695 Fuori Serie

With thanks to Fiat Group Press




3 comments:

Anonymous said...

is it coming to USA anytime soon?

Anonymous said...

Yes when can I order one?

costav16 said...

This car should come to the USA to celebrate the re-entry of Fiat in our market.