500-based 695 Tribuno Ferrari limited edition to reach the UK - and it will cost £29,600

Abarth has announced the price for its Fiat 500-based 695 Tribuno Ferrari limited edition – and it's a startling 35,500 euro (£29,600).

The UK, which was not originally scheduled to take the model, will now be getting 152 of the cars, and in right-hand drive form.

Fiat hopes that the car will appeal to Ferrari owners who want a small everyday car, tapping a similar market that Aston Martin is eyeing with its Toyota iQ-based Cygnet.

However, the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari will have more performance than the Cygnet, as it is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged T-Jet engine with "more than 177bhp". This is linked to an electromechanical paddle-shift gearbox.

The suspension and braking systems have been strengthened to cope with the extra power; 284mm Brembo discs with four-piston calipers provide stopping power.

It also has performance tyres, which are fitted to 17-inch alloy wheels that ape a Ferrari design, and a variable back-pressure exhaust that changes the engine sound above 3000rpm.

The Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari is only available in red, with carbonfibre door mirrors, grey inserts around the front air intakes and a grey rear diffuser. Xenon headlights are also standard; Abarth says they are three times as intense as standard halogen units.

The interior is also heavily modified, with black leather racing-style seats, a leather steering wheel and aluminium pedals.

Abarth says the car has been produced because of shared values between the brands that include "a passion for performance, a racing soul, attention to detail and Italian style". It also says the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari has been developed jointly by Abarth and Ferrari technicians.

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26 July 2010

After yesterday's debacle at the Grand Prix I have decided to boycott all Ferrari products on principle.

Oh, and on cost ;-)


26 July 2010

"More performance than the Cygnet". Gosh.

26 July 2010

There must be cheaper ways to indicate to everyone else that one is an idiot.

26 July 2010

[quote WFC Holden]There must be cheaper ways to indicate to everyone else that one is an idiot.[/quote] There are times that I volunteer to be an idiot. This is it! And if you are practical, this pocket rocket will be rarity after some years and will cost much more!

26 July 2010

I thought Fiat was insisting that the 500 was a stand-alone Abarth product? Why then call it a Fiat 500 Abarth?

Notwithstanding my confusion, it's a great piece of kit. If it was £50k you'd find monied punters to pay it - let's face it - and driving around any city is a fraught experience when your wheels could mean early retirement to a car thief - and especially when it comes to parking it. So why not continue to advertise your obscene wealth by buying 30 grands worth of bespoke shopping trolley?

It's just another - 'If you've got it, flaunt it!' product ..................[quote RadeB]this pocket rocket will be rarity after some years and will cost much more![/quote]

26 July 2010

I really like it.

Ifg i had that sort of money to spend on a small car i definately would go for one.

26 July 2010

[quote DSP123]I thought Fiat was insisting that the 500 was a stand-alone Abarth product? Why then call it a Fiat 500 Abarth?[/quote]

Fiat hasn't called it that - it's only the Autocar headline that has. The official name will surely be Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari?

Very wise, too. If they tried to call it the Ferrari 695 Abarth (taking a leaf out of Aston's book by using making 'Ferrari' the brand name), people would laugh (or cry) in the same way they do with the Aston Martin Cygnet. But to have Ferrari only as part of the model name somehow makes the whole thing far more acceptable. A minor detail but a clever one - take note, Aston!

Good to see, too, that when you buy your Ferrari-modded 500, you're getting a machine that's more powerful and quicker than the standard product. Again... take note, Aston.

26 July 2010

There you go Aston, this is how it should be done! I WANT ONE!

26 July 2010

I love this car! I have an Abarth 500 "zero a cento" but I am seriously considering this one now! Only issue I see is that from my point of view they have made too many of these compared to mine. In terms of the price I think all these issues are ridiculous... it's a special edition and this is the main reason it's so expensive. Ferrari (and Porsche) have helped other manufacturers in the past with special editions. What Aston is doing is completely different because the Cignet (or whatever it's called) is just a rebadged IQ. Anyway I will contact someone at Abarth and see how to get it

26 July 2010

I would pay about £18k for this, no more.

Special editions don't have to be so much more: the Clio Trophy was scarcely more than the Cup on which it was based. This is ~twice the price.

Still, they may sell, so the market will have decided.

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