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Special-edition Fiat 500 Abarth at the Frankfurt motor show
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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.

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Quattro369 15 September 2009

Re: 'Ferrari' Abarth 500 revealed

pandamonium wrote:
I hope the steering and supsension is well sorted by the Ferrari engineers.
That would be nice. But I guess the price would rise to £20k+ then. Although, if MINI can charge that much for a GP Works model maybe there is a market for it...

beachland2 14 September 2009

Re: 'Ferrari' Abarth 500 revealed

177bhp is not a big deal really, the 500 will be no lighter than the clio 172 cup. the 500 is not a light car for its size. and we know the clio handles well with its cheap french design.

it should be an easy setup to make it handle the power. focus RS has to deal with 300bhp.

what would be nice is for the abarth to have further performance from carbon fibre bonnet and wings to take off some front end weight.

pandamonium 13 September 2009

Re: 'Ferrari' Abarth 500 revealed

I like! I want!

'more than 177bhp', I hope the steering and supsension is well sorted by the Ferrari engineers.

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