Abarth has announced that a limited edition of the 695 biposto Record is now available at a price of £36,610 OTR. While it will be made available worldwide, only 133 units will be manufactured, the same number as the Scorpion brand.
The finish of Record will be in the exclusive 'Modena Yellow' with the 'Tar Cold Grey' trims. However it will also have the standard aluminium bonnet and the ‘695 Record' badge enamelled to its side. Additional features include the Brembo brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels, and Akrapovic exhaust.
For the interior, an instrument panel animation has been put in. The seats are in Sabelt carbon shell with four point seatbelts. It also has a cargo net plus its very own uniquely numbered plate.
Compared to the two-seater version, the Record uses the same engine 16-valve 1.4 Turbo T-Jet engine capable of delivering 190 hp. The engine ensures that maximum power is provided at 5500 rpm with peak torque of 250 Nm at 3000 rpm. Top speed of the Record has been measured at 143 mph with acceleration of 0 to 62mph in just 5.9 seconds.
Finally, with a weight of 997 kilograms, it has one of the top weight-to-power ratios at 5.2 kg/hp. Furthermore, with 139 hp/litre power, it manages to get a new record for its segment. With a mechanical and self-locking differential plus a manual synchromesh gearbox, the performance of the Record is more than assured.
The release coincides with the 50th anniversary of the time when the Record managed to set a new record for acceleration in a Class G car. This was achieved then by the 57-year old Carlo Abarth running in the Monza race track.
Originally, Carlo Abarth was not supposed to drive it since he was unable to fit into the very tight cockpit. However since the company was unable to get the right driver, Abarth had to lose 30 kilograms in order to drive it.
As a result, the car was awarded the Fiat Abarth '1000 Monoposto Record' Class G in October 1965. The 105 hp managed to break the acceleration record by more than quarter of a mile and a distance of 500 meters.
Gerry Southerington, the brand manager for Abarth UK, stated that the choice of the Modena Yellow was to make sure that it will entice customers to buy the 695 biposto Record.
With all the other amazing features and only 133 units manufactured, the company is sure that this more than makes it appealing for any Abarth enthusiast, Southerington concludes.