The Abarth 695 Maserati Edition has been priced at £32,000 and will reach UK showrooms by the end of the year

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.

Each of the special edition models is finished in ‘Pontevecchio Bordeaux’ paint. The interior gets sand beige leather seats with special 695 logos.

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Myk

22 May 2012

... but I actually quite like it, and it's preferable to the Tributo Ferrari.  Great colour too.  I know what I'd have out of this or a Cygnet.

22 May 2012

This or a cygnet?? I think this is the problem with the Cygnet. It might have a bespoke look, but it doesn't have bespoke mechanics.

I like this, I've always liked the Abarth 500. Wouldn't buy one over a standard car, but I can see the appeal to some. 

22 May 2012

And some thought the Cygnet's price a joke.

This is an all together diffferent proposition - cute, inoffensive, made for the city and yet fast. Always liked the new Fiat 500, always smile when I see one, always praiseworthy. This one is special. One to look out for in a few years at a pre-owned price! More please!

22 May 2012

I wonder why they based it on the CC rather that the hardtop. I was behind a CC yesterday and I didn't realise how much space the folded back top takes up. You couldn't see the driver at all, so it has no rear visibility. I think a large fabric traditional type sunroof would have done the job much better, you could actually keep your rear window then.

22 May 2012

What warraties a price tag of that much?

I really like the 500 in every guise, but that is as ridiculously priced as the cignet. Does look good though but would look even better with the numbers turned round to 23k which is still a tad steep!

Viney

22 May 2012

It's not like it'll cost them anything to build it, so if some well heeled individual wants an exclusive city car, and there are bound to be plenty, then go for it. 

I think the main difference between this and a Cygnet is this isn't actually trying to pretend it's an Maserati, just a very highly specced Fiat.

22 May 2012

Fiat have lost the plot now altogether!! Overpriced is an understatement.Fiat resources would be better spent on developing a new Punto and Bravo and filling in the gaps in their range.

22 May 2012

Put it this way: Both the Aston Cygnet and the Fiat 500 Maser are class acts, but only the Fiat 500 is in normal guise.

R32

22 May 2012

Crazy money for what it is but what a gorgeous paint colour and interior.

22 May 2012

At least Aston Martin put their own face on the Cygnet.   Many laughed at Aston for modifying a Toyota iQ, but this is an even lesser attempt just to bling up a 500.   Shame on Maserati!

The Cygnet, for those who failed to get the concept, was to be a pure city car.   That when you're sitting at the lights waiting you were in a nice place to be, rather than being able to tear away down the high street!

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