Abarth 695 Competizione takes the Fiat 500 to another level

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 20, 2011

Abarth unveiled the 695 Competizione at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Fiat 500-based Competizione is ready to be raced on the track as it has a roll cage and its output goes higher than 180hp. Abarth had removed the rear seat on the 500 and instead, it installed the rear bracing for a roll bar.

Abarth asserts that the 695 Competizione is a street-legal race car but while this is doubtful, it’s awesome to see the Fiat model get an interior that’s inspired by racing as well as receive a boost in performance. Abarth said that the 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder in the 695 Competizione delivers more than 180-hp.

It has also been equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission. There are two modes available. The first is an automatic Street while the other one is a full manual Track. Instead of a stock exhaust, the 695 Competizione gets the Record Monza, two-mode system that opens up past 3000-rpm.

Driving from zero to 62 mph is achieved in less than seven seconds and the top speed reached is 140mph. The suspension has modified and now comes with a set of Koni shocks.

In addition, braking performance is improved with Brembo four-piston calipers. The lone difference seen from the outside on the 695 Competizione features is its 17-inch wheels from the Tributo Ferrari and the Grigio Competizione Opaco livery.

Inside, we see that the racing seats at the front are reupholstered in leather and Alcantara. Meanwhile, its instrument cluster was specially built by Jaeger. The featured accessories include a carbon-fiber dash panel and aluminum pedals that have Abarth’s scorpion logo.

Interior Design

Featuring Grigio Competizione Opaco as bodywork, the new Abarth 695 Competizione is a two-seater car which has had its rear seats replaced by a roll bar, making it lighter and sportier. The now empty space in the rear cabin features a trim similar to the almond of the racing cars, an appearance that continues into the boot. The Abarth 695 Competizione is provided with "Abarth Corsa by Sabelt" seats in black leather with Alcantara red inserts, with a carbon fiber shell and seat base.

The headrests and backrest, meanwhile, sport red stitching, "695" logo and "competizione" graphics, respectively. On the other hand, the steering wheel features tricolour hub and red inserts, and is wrapped in black leather. It is also specified with five-speed "Abarth Competizione" gearshift paddles. The new Abarth 695 Competizione also comes with an instrument panel from Jaeger as well as racing pedals personalized with the Scorpion logo.

Furthermore, the special edition comes with a carbon dashboard that accommodates the Abarth Blue&Me MAP satellite navigation unit with a telemetric function, a feature developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli. To mark the exclusivity of the new Abarth 695 Competizione, its central console comes with a chrome plate with sequential numbering. The cabin of the new Abarth 695 Competizione also features a carbon running board with "695 Competizione" graphics in a satin aluminum finish.

Press Release

Abarth 695 Competizione

In line with the philosophy that has identified Abarth for fifty years - the transfer of racing experience to the on-road car market and making the world of racing accessible - the Abarth 695 Competizione is born, the first "street legal" Scorpion racing car. This double-seat car best expresses a concept used to a great extent in the past, which connoted the Abarths as cars designed for the road but with the goal of being easily used on the track as well. It is for true sports car lovers as it has the track in its DNA and the road in its heart.

Inspired by the Abarth 500 Assetto Corsa, the exterior of the car flaunts an exclusive Grigio Competizione Opaco livery, embellished by a livery of racing appeal that however forgoes strong colour contrasts in favour of a refined tone-on-tone effect. But the main distinguishing element is inside. Like a real racing car, this is a two seater in which the rear seats are replaced by a roll bar the same Grigio Competizione Opaco shade as the bodywork. In this way the car acquires additional sporting character because the roll bar decreases its weight, making it even better performing. The space left empty by the seats sports a trim reminiscent of the almond of the racing cars, which continues into the boot. The Abarth 695 Competizione has "Abarth Corsa by Sabelt" seats in black leather with Alcantara® red inserts and a carbon fibre shell and seat base. Red stitchings, "695" logo and "competizione" graphics respectively embroidered on the headrest and backrest further enrich the seats.

The black leather steering wheel is characterised by a tricolour hub and red inserts, and is fitted with 5-speed "Abarth Competizione" gearshift paddles, while the instrument panel is specially made by Jaeger. The carbon dashboard contains the Abarth Blue&MeTM MAP satellite navigation unit with a telemetric function developed in conjunction with Magneti Marelli and, on the central console, the chrome plate with sequential numbering to demonstrate the exclusivity of the Limited Edition version.

Attention to detail has also been given to the racing pedals, which are personalised with the Scorpion logo. Finally, the interior is also embellished with the carbon running board with "695 Competizione" graphics in a satin aluminium finish.

This special series is also equipped with Xenon headlights with dipped and main beam functions for improved light emission and excellent efficiency under all weather conditions. The 17" rims whose design is borrowed from the "Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari", matching the body, and Brembo brake calipers and hub cap, both red, complete the aesthetic features of the exterior.

In keeping with its racing vocation, the Abarth 695 Competizione is equipped with a 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16v engine - tuned to develop more than 180 HP - combined with the "Abarth Competizione" gearbox, an electromechanical gearbox with race-inspired steering wheel controls that makes full use of the engine's performance by reducing gearshift times. In detail, this transmission has two operating modes: "Street" with automatic gearbox and "Track" where shifting is instead manual, in line with the car's vocation, "Sunday on the track, Monday at the office".

As on the 695 Tributo Ferrari, the suspension and braking systems have also been further strengthened to cope with the extra power: Brembo 305 mm disc brakes that can be dismantled with fixed four-piston caliper disc and special shock absorbers that guarantee performance in total safety. And of course there is a "Record Monza" variable back-pressure "dual mode" exhaust, designed to improve engine performance and sound over 3,000 rpm.

Topics: abarth, fiat, fiat 500

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