Special-edition Fiat 500 Abarth at the Frankfurt motor show
15 September 2009

This is the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari - a limited-edition Fiat 500, which was launched today at the Frankfurt motor show.

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.

No prices or on-sale dates have been released.

We put the pocket rocket Abarth 500 through its paces on the track and road

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9 September 2009

if they priced this sensibly it could become italys most succesful export, i would like one and i positvely hate red, except if it has a ferrari connection and ethos.

9 September 2009

The Ferrari connection totally puts me off

9 September 2009

If this car sells well it'll proove that people prefer to drive a badge than a car! ;-)

9 September 2009

[quote Topkat]

If this car sells well it'll proove that people prefer to drive a badge than a car! ;-)

[/quote]

For once we agree!

9 September 2009

[quote Topkat]

If this car sells well it'll proove that people prefer to drive a badge than a car! ;-)

[/quote]Does this really need proving? If GM made an exact duplicate of the 3-Series, planted their naff griffin badge on the front and lopped £5,000 from the price tag, would BMW sales be reduced by an amount equal to sales of the clone Vauxhall? Would they heck.

9 September 2009

At least they called it the Abarth, rather than stick a Ferrari nose to the front and call it a new Ferrari, a la Cygnet.

9 September 2009

The Ferrari connection is a huge attraction for some one who wants a better mini than the present cars available, I hope they do a road test soon on video

9 September 2009

I know we're in a recession but this is just as cynical a piece of marketing dross as the Cygnet. Do 500 examples of a car no one asked for really justify the damage to not 1 but 2 historic brands?

Is it just me who hates this total prostitution of historic marques? I don't think Enzo or Karl Abarth would have approved and have people in the street really got their heads around what an 'Abarth' is? To the extent they can now slap some Ferrari badges on it without confusing things even further?

I think Ferrari, Abarth and Fiat should be ashamed.

I'll get off my soapbox now....

9 September 2009

Who cares! They're both great marques and 500 Ferari 500's on the road won't do anything to harm Ferrari's reputation. I don't even think its cynical.

9 September 2009

its not cynical when it offers people something they want, and millions of people would like this. its much more cynical selling a Ferrari t-shirt,flag, pencil case, mouse mat, than a car you can use and drive and is good, but is also connected to Ferrari, it offers much more than any other merchandise if your a fan of Ferrari or even just an enthusiast. and it has good performance and style.

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