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:
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