Could be time to take Abarth

Riley Riley

Fiat has been cranking out special editions of its 500 hatch for over a decade.

It hasn’t changed much in that time, but the addition of the hot Abarth line has certainly spiced things up.

Who could forget the 2012 Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari with a $70K price tag?

The latest edition to join the lineup is the Abarth 695 Competizione, which produces no more power but will probably still be snapped up.

The 1.4-litre Turbo T-Jet engine produces 132kW of power and 250Nm of torque at 3000 rpm, turning the 695 into the proverbial bottle rocket.

With drive to the front wheels, 695 Competizione has a top speed of 225km/h and does the dash from 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds in manual form — or 6.9 with the Dualogic automated manual.

Brembo brake calipers deliver unrivalled responsiveness when braking.

Fuel consumption is a claimed 5.8L/100km (manual) and 6.0L/100km (auto).

It takes premium unleaded and has a 35-litre tank.

Available only in Competizione trim, the MY23 Abarth 695 sees the debut of all-new Racing Orange, drawn from Abarth’s racing heritage.

The hatch is available with a manual or automatic transmission, priced from $37,900 plus on roads.

The Dualogic auto adds $2000 to the price.

The MY23 also features new vertically-stacked quad exhaust outlets hooked up to a Record Monza sports exhaust system which carries over from the previous model.

Single-tone metallic paint adds $650, a two-tone combination is $1600.

The only other option is a $1700 pack with Beats audio and 17-inch black Competizione wheels.

Standard kit includes:

  • 17-inch Monte Carlo alloy wheels
  • Abarth black fabric seats with check design
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with carbon fibre and alcantara details
  • Abarth dual mode Record Monza stacked exhaust
  • Front and rear adaptive suspension with Koni frequency selective damping
  • Garrett turbocharger
  • Yellow Brembo front brake calipers with matching yellow wheel caps
  • 7.0-inch touchscreen display with AM/FM/DAB+ radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Integrated voice control
  • 7.0-inch TFT instrument cluster
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dusk and rain sensors


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