Geneva 2014: Abarth 695 biposto debuts for street and circuit

Geneva 2014: Abarth 695 biposto debuts for street and circuit image

Text: / Photos: Abarth Press | posted March 10, 2014 16:30

Abarth 695 biposto features segment-first H-pattern gearbox with dog rings

Fiat's racing division Abarth reveals the new 695 biposto which takes inspiration from the race-bred Abarth 695 Assetto Corse. It is, for all intents and purposes, a two-seater street car whose singular drive is to perform.

Weighing only 997 kg and powered by a 1.4 T-Jet engine putting out 193PS. 0-100 km/h takes only 5.9 seconds, the best in its category and with a top speed of 230 km/h.

The rear of Abarth 695 biposto

The bodywork has been sculpted to be aerodynamic with fixed front windows with polycarbonate sliding panels and specific styling kit - bumpers, side skirts, wheel arches and spoilers - with carbon inserts produced by Zender according to the instructions of the Abarth Style Centre. It is finished in textured matte gray.

The interior of the Abarth 695 biposto

It is loaded with a front-mount intercooler, Akrapovic titanium exhaust system, Extreme Shox adjustable shock absorbers, MXL digital data logger, Abarth Corsa by Sabelt seats with 4-point seat belts, Brembo braking system, lightened 18-inch OZ rims and rear titanium roll bar by Poggipolini.

The Abarth 695 biposto is a 'street legal' car offering a segment-exclusive H-pattern dog-ring gearbox which allows clutchless shifting for spirited driving.  Gear selection is done via the all-aluminum gear turret developed by Bacci Romano. A standard 5-speed manual gearbox is also available for less performance-oriented drivers.

The interior of the Abarth 695 biposto is infused with racing genes

Its high-performance can only be matched by its level of safety: ABS, ESP and TTC, disc and clutch self-locking differential and the racing-derived Brembo braking system with front floating, ventilated and perforated discs (305×28 mm) and four-piston one-piece calipers (4×38 mm).

The 695 biposto is offered with three customization kits. An 'exterior kit' featuring an aluminum hood and titanium hub caps, wheel bolts, water, oil and fuel caps. A 'carbon kit' adds carbon fiber to the door mirror and post covers, dashboard fascia, front door panels and rear-vew mirrior cover. The more serious 'racing package' adds a digital data logger, and Abarth racing gear such as the suit, shoes, gloves and helmet which can be personalized with the owner's initials.