The Maserati-inspired special edition Fiat 500 has been priced at £32,000. The Abarth 695 Maserati Edition costs more than twice as much as a standard Abarth 500 and will reach UK showrooms by the end of the year.
The latest special 500 follows the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari, which carried a similar £30k-plus price tag. The Maserati version will be limited to 499 units.
Power comes from a turbocharged 1.4-litre T-Jet engine with 178bhp at 5500rpm and 184lb ft at 3000rpm. It is mated to a five-speed automated manual gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Exact performance figures haven’t been confirmed, but Abarth expects a sub-7.0sec 0-62mph and a top speed in excess of 140mph. A dual-mode exhaust system features and increases noise levels above 3000rpm.
The standard Abarth 500’s chassis has been overhauled to cope with the special edition’s prodigious power output. New Koni shock absorbers are fitted along with larger Brembo brakes. The car rides on new 17in Maserati-inspired alloys.