The Fiat group has added yet another model to its burgeoning pile of Fiat 500 special editions. Not content with the 500byGucci, 500CbyDIESEL, and countless other specials, those flamboyant Italians have blessed us with the Abarth 695 Maserati Edition — a pimped up modern day cinquecento influenced by Maserati.
The Abarth 695 Maserati Edition (or Edizione Maserati if you’re Italian) is a followup to the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari we saw three years ago. Whereas that car was inspired by the uncompromising power of the prancing horse, this model is designed to channel the more laid back elegance of a Maserati Gran Tourer.
Abarth has bestowed the car with a three-layer Pontevecchio Bordeaux paint finish from Maserati’s own stash and finished the car’s electrically controlled soft top in a shade of grey fabric. Inside, it’s all luxury with sand beige leather, the 695 logo embossed on the headrests and carbon-lined dashboard and gearbox trim. You even get a set of Tramontano leather luggage as standard.
The Abarth 695 Maserati Edition is no mere show pony. Under the bonnet, it uses the same 1.4-litre engine as the standard Abarth 500, but power has been increased to 180bhp — 45bhp more than before. As a result, this car is around a second quicker to 60mph, completing the spring in under 7 seconds. If you’re willing to push on, it’ll reach 140mph — a 12mph improvement.
With all that power, it’ll probably come as no surprise to hear the 654 Maserati Edition has increased stopping power and better suspension. It’s hauled to a standstill by Brembo mono bloc callipers at the front, and Koni shock absorbers.
Obviously, you’ll need to dig deep into your Gucci wallet to afford one. The Abarth 695 Maserati Edition sells for a whopping £32,000. Even if you can part with the cash, you’ll need to move quickly, as Abarth only plans to build 499 examples. For the rest of us, there’s always the bog standard Fiat 500 Twinair
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