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Special-edition Fiat 500 Abarth at the Frankfurt motor show

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...

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.

daddy 3 10 September 2009

Re: 'Ferrari' Abarth 500 revealed

beachland2 wrote:

autocar hasnt said it will be badged a ferrari either.

" Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari" is badged abarth, with the name 695 ferarri tribute. which is obviously not a ferrari, and never claimed to be.

Sorry, my quote was regarding what another had said regarding the devaluation of the brands (Abarth and Ferrari),i did not mean to say that Autocar had said so. I apologise if that is how it came across.