The hottest Fiat 500-based model yet promises 0-62 in 5.9sec and a sub-one tonne kerb weight

The Abarth 695 Biposto has made its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Intended to mark the 50th anniversary year of Carlo Abarth’s original 695, the Biposto features a 187bhp 1.4-litre turbo engine, some very specialised performance accessories and running gear, and weighs just 997kg. 

In pursuit of that class leading pace from a sub-tonne car, Abarth has thinned down the doorskins, fitted polycarbonate side windows and a titanium roll cage, specified lightweight bucket seats by Sabelt and removed the rear bench altogether - explaining the ‘biposto’ name.

The car is the only street-legal production car fitted with a quick-shifting ‘dog-ring’ sequential manual gearbox, Abarth claims. The transmission contributes to a class-topping 0-62mph sprint of 5.9sec.

Unlike the earlier 695 Tributo Ferrari special edition, the Biposto has entered open-ended series production for Abarth, and its various components will also be offered as part of Abarth’s accessories catalogue for customers who prefer to mix and match them to their own recipe.

Pricing will be confirmed later this year, but we expect it to be well in excess of £30,000.

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5 March 2014
If the class is sports cars 'well in excess of £30,000" then the performance will be far from class leading. In the low 30s I could get an Audi S3 dual clutch auto, 0-60 in 4.8s, plus its a proper car with rear seats, as just one example

As an amusing technical exercise the Abarth is quite entertaining. As a choice for a real car, it's ridiculous.

5 March 2014
30 GRAND FOR A 500?! A car that basically starts out at 9k? that interior better be all new at 30 grand, you can buy a real car for that much

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6 March 2014
Ok, it is a lot of money, but I rather like it! It would look good in my lottery garage

6 March 2014
30k for a Fiat 500 variation is a little over-priced, inspite of the performance.


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