Abarth, for the majority that are not in the know, has been around for 70 years now. Sure, they only have three different variations of their odd-shaped albeit quick cars. But they saw fit to commemorate the 70th year milestone by souping up their top-range model, the 695.
Dubbed the 695 70th Anniversario special edition, Abarth will be coming out with a limited 1949-unit production run of the said vehicle. Setting the model apart from its contemporaries is the Monza 1958 green livery, a tribute to the color of the first 500 Abarth that set six international records at Monza. It also comes with eye-catching details finished in Campovolo Gray. These can be seen on the body kit, front and rear dams, mirror caps, scorpion decals on the bonnet, and the chequered sticker on the roof.
But what makes the Anniversario special is what Abarth calls the “Spoiler ad Assetto Variabile”. The new spoiler technolgy is a tribute to the founder's focus on performance which went beyond the quest for pure power, top speed, and acceleration.
With its manual adjustment, the new spoiler is able to deliver improved grip and stability at high speeds and increased overall performance. With adjustments ranging between 12 levels and from 0 to 60 degrees, it is designed to deliver improved vehicle dynamics, and more importantly, stability at high speeds. In its maximum setting, the spoiler increases the aerodynamic load by up to 42 kg at a speed of about 200 km/h.
Completing the exterior look are the 17-inch SuperSport alloy wheels, red Brembo brake calipers, daytime running lights, LED foglights, Xenon headlights, and the special badges on the body in heritage font, featuring the vintage Scorpion emblem. Five exterior colors are available, including the exclusive new Monza 1958 green, Circuit Grey, Gara White, Scorpione Black and Podium Blue.
On the inside, the Abarth 695 70th Anniversario features exclusive "Sabelt Tricolore" seats, developed specifically for this special edition. Each of the 1,949 units will have a numbered plaque, making the 695 70th Anniversario an authentic collectable.
On the entertainment front, we get a Uconnect 7-inch HD system with the DAB digital radio and navigation system, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, are standard on the 695. The infotainment system has a high-definition screen and Abarth Telemetry, an integrated application created to measure performance.
Powering the Anniversario is a 1.4 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 180 PS and 250 Nm of torque at 3000 rpm. Top speed is rated at 224 km/h (with spoiler set to zero degree position) while 0 to 100 km/h can easily be reached in 6.7 seconds.
The new Abarth 695 70th Anniversario is available to order starting in mid-October with a sticker price of £29,695 (about Php 1,897,925). With the Abarth brand being (unofficially) handled in the Philippines by Petromax Enterprises, maybe it isn’t such a stretch to see a good handful of these being driven and sold here.