Italian legends join forces: Abarth and Ferrari







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: January 12, 2012
Categories: Abarth, Abarth 695, FIAT

Abarth and FerrariThe link between Abarth and Ferrari is brought to life in the form of the Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari”. Based on shared values that include a passion for performance, a racing soul, attention to detail and Italian style, the Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari” is sure to get heads turning.

Abarth and Ferrari are two treasured brands that have contributed, with conviction and dedication, to the success of Italian racing. The legendary men behind both marques began the association as far back as 1953 when a unique Ferrari-Abarth was born, the Ferrari 166/250 MM Abarth. The car raced in various international trophies including the legendary Mille Miglia. The relationship between the two companies has been further reinforced by the exhaust systems designed by Abarth for various Ferrari models, some of which have won World Championship titles.

Abarth

The two brands have recently renewed their collaboration. The Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari” offers an exclusive opportunity for Abarth to extend its range by entering into the luxury sports car market, but also offers Ferrari customers a small but exciting car for all their mobility needs, including practical urban mobility.

The new Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari” is distinguished by a number of stylistic changes, but more importantly by substantial mechanical modifications developed by Abarth and Ferrari engineers.

The engine, for a start, is a 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16v, tuned to develop over 132kW. This is combined with an MTA (Manual Transmission Automated) electromechanical gearbox with race-inspired paddle gearshift that makes full use of the engine’s performance by reducing gearshift times. The Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari” clocks a 0-100km/h acceleration time of under 7 seconds and will reach a top speed of 225 km/h.

To improve acceleration, the car is fitted with performance tyres on 17’’ alloy wheels featuring a design inspired by Ferrari wheels. The suspension and braking systems have also been strengthened to cope with the extra power: 284mm multi-section discs with fixed four-piston callipers, both by Brembo, and special shock absorbers let you enjoy performance in total safety.

Abart Rear

Further to this there is a “Record Monza” variable back-pressure “dual mode” exhaust, designed to improve engine performance and deliver an inspiring sound over 3000rpm.

On the outside, the car is finished in either Scuderia Red or Modena Yellow with carbon fibre door mirrors and details like the wheels and rear air intakes finished in Racing Grey. This new Abarth is equipped with Xenon headlights with dipped and main beam functions for improved light emission and excellent efficiency under all weather conditions.

The interior of this unique car demonstrates the attention to detail and the sporting style common to both brands. “Abarth Corsa by Sabelt” seats are fitted and finished in black leather with a shell and seat base in carbon fibre. These seats offer the perfect blend of racing characteristics, not only are they light weight (10kg less than the standard seat), they are also sculpted to hold the body steady against lateral and longitudinal forces, thanks to body support elements filled with crush-resistant foam. The sporty characteristics come at no sacrifice to the cars ergonomics and comfort on the road.

The black leather steering wheel is punctuated by coloured leather inserts (to match the exterior) and a tricolour hub on which the MTA gearshift paddles are mounted, while the instrument panel is specially made by Jaeger, and inspired by typical Ferrari instrumentation.

Attention to detail has gone into the floor too: the foot wells are covered entirely in non-slip aluminium and the racing pedals are personalised with the Scorpion logo. The interior is embellished with other details too, like special kick plates and a plate bearing the vehicle series number.

Only a limited number of these rare cars will be made available to a fortunate few in South Africa.

Pricing and Servicing South Africa

  • Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari – R550 000 (incl. VAT and emissions tax)

Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa offers a three-year 100 000 km Warranty (three years on paintwork and five years on rust anti-perforation) as well as a five-year / 90 000 km service plan as standard on both new models.