Abarth has teamed up with Ferrari to create the
ultimate version of the Fiat 500 with a 'red'
paint job, more power a 6-speed paddle shift
transmission and interior upgrade, this
limited-edition model will be unveiled in
Frankfurt next week.
To be called the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari this
most powerful version yet to be made on the Fiat 500 theme
will only be available in a 'Scuderia Ferrari" red paint
finish. It will also feature discreet dedicated badging
located on the B-pillars.
Ferrari-branded 695 Tributo Ferrari has fitted by Abarth's
engineers with the "esseesse" optional add-on performance
kit drawn from the similar 1.4-litre turbocharged engine
fitted to the Abarth 500's sister in the two-model Scorpion
range, the Abarth Grande Punto. The Abarth Grande Punto's
esseesse conversion already gives 180 bhp out as standard,
which is 20 bhp more than that of the Abarth 500 esseesse.
As well as delivering 180 bhp at 5,750 rpm the 695 Tributo
Ferrari will have maximum torque of 272 Nm (201 lbs/ft). The
most interesting aspect of this car will be the news that
its 6-speed manual gearbox will be operated by
steering-wheel located "paddle-shift" levers.
As well as the additional
power increase the suspension has been tweaked to cope with
the extra power and the car will also come with red Brembo
brake calipers to compliment the red 'Scuderia' paint
finish. The 17-inch anthracite alloy wheels that are
squeezed into the wheelarches are a new pattern that Abarth
say are inspired by Ferrari wheels. They are fitted with
Scorpion hub caps. Inside there is a black leather interior
with carbon fibre seat frames and the external red colours
will be mirrored and picked out in the steering wheel
present the 695 Tributo Ferrari on its stand at the
Frankfurt IAA next week. The Scorpion's return to the
Frankfurt IAA comes after its official relaunch at the
prestigious German motor show during the last edition two
years ago when it presented the Abarth Grande Punto in
production-ready format on its stand alongside the Super
2000 rally version.