Of the many avatars of Fiat 500, Abarth is considered the angriest of the friendliest lot. The new Abarth 695 Biposto unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, come with the billing “fastest street legal Abarth ever”. If you are wondering what Biposto means, here’s some help to solve the puzzle, it means “two seats,” because Fiat has removed the rear seat and settled for just two front seats.
The mini racer living upto its billing is equipped to deliver 190 hp with its 1.4 liter four cylinder T-Jet engine – full 30 hp improvement from its predecessor Fiat 500 Abarth. Extra horsepower and trimmed down weight gives it a fast start that takes just 5.9 seconds to go from 0-62 mph and a top speed of 143 mph. Faster than many in the same class, it takes Ford Focus ST almost a half a second more to accelerate. Abarth, according to Fiat has the “best power to weight ratio -the highest in its class” at 11.4lb per hp.
By removing the aforementioned rear seat and using high-tech materials such as carbon fiber and polycarbonate sliding panels, Fiat was able to trim weight down all way to just 2,193 lbs. Front seats of the new Abarth are now Sabelt racing buckets with 4-point seat belts made from carbon fiber and a bit of leather thrown into it. Instead of glass, Fiat has gone with lightweight Plexiglass for side windows to reduce weight.
Staying true to the racing credence, Abarth 695 has a long list of features borrowed from the racing world such as front intercooler, Akrapovic exhaust system (to make sure Abarth lives upto its “angriest little car” moniker by making angry noises), Extreme Shox adjustable shock absorbers, MXL digital data logger, Brembo braking system, lightened 18-inch OZ rims and rear titanium roll bar by Poggipolini.
Upping the ante as a street legal car and another first in the world of cars, it comes equipped with an all-aluminium turret H-pattern gearbox with dog rings from Bacci Romano, allowing experienced drivers to make super-fast upward gear changes without using the clutch. The Abarth 695’s new styling kit produced by Zender under the supervision of the Abarth Style Center features titanium finishes for the front bonnet trim, door handles and tailgate and rear handle. The dashboard, mirrors and post covers are made primarily from carbon fiber. The bonnet inspired by the classic 124 Abarth is designed with two bumps. Overall Fiat has chosen the grey color finish for the car. Pricing is not confirmed yet, but expected to be around €50,000 (approx. $70,000) in Europe.