• Sep 8, 2009
If the 500 Abarth isn't a hot enough hatch for your tastes, Fiat is about to add some Ferrari-flavored habenero to the mix. AutoExpress released (then retracted) pics and details of the 695 Tributo Ferrari ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and according to the Brit pub, the crew at Abarth have cranked the 1.4-liter turbo from the usual 135 horsepower to over 180 ponies and added paddle shifters to the six-speed gearbox to give drivers a bit more of that Ferrari feeling.

Just like its Maranello inspiration, the body shell is finished in Scuderia Red and a set of Brembo brake calipers squeeze cross-drilled rotors beneath a gorgeous set of spidery alloys. Additionally, Ferrari was reportedly tapped to re-tune the suspension to help keep things under control. No word on how many of these beasties will get built, but they should be a hoot if they make it to dealers.

[Source: AutoExpress]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is as good as cars get, small, practical, fast, fun to drive, cheap to run, cheap to buy and now has Ferrari pedigree.


      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow I really really want one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        agreed, every time another 500 iteration sees the light of day i want one even more.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Beautifully awesome!!! How I want one of these...

        FIAT, bring it to the USA!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stop it! You're killing me. I want this very badly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fiat is simply using assets that it already holds. I don't think it "hurts" the Ferrari brand by having them work on a product from a sister company.

      That being said, if Fiat's next goal is a Ferrari-tuned Case-International Harvester wheat combine, then we'll have problems.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Porsche made all sorts of tractors. Didn't damage their brand.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "I might be only this big but I'm a Lamborghini really...er, a Ferrari!"
        • 5 Years Ago
        Small is good. Small, Italian and tuned by Ferrari? Perfect!

        I wouldn't hesitate to buy one of these. The Ferrari suspension tuning would add quite a lot to the price I'd bet but, jeez, what a cool runabout. This is exactly the kind of future classic I'd like in my garage and there is only one competitor at the moment (Mini Cooper Works). We need more of these kinds of cars here to help people see how good smaller, more efficient sportsters are.
        • 5 Years Ago
        this seems... kinda low for Ferrari... I'm surprised they waisted their time on it.

        sorry to all the people who love this, but i just feel like this is below a car maker like Ferrari
        • 5 Years Ago
        Kinda like Lotus tuning the suspension on an Isuzu Impulse?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Umm. Frankfurt leakage?

      You mean like when you leave a hotdog in the microwave for too long?
        • 5 Years Ago
        you're confusing that with frankfurter leakage...
        :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its like volkswagen creating a bettle tributo to porsche, hmmm!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Imagine a Rabbit with a boxster engine!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, if they would bring back my old 84 Rabbit GTI with 150hp.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can we call it a Dodge Dart?
        • 5 Years Ago
        :D

        Dodge Dart SRT4
      • 5 Years Ago
      What next a Ferrari Tuned Caliber?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring it!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      So why cant we get this over here yet?!?!?! Come on Chrysler!!

      Or build the damn Hornet already!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cute little car but souped up what a death trap it will be.
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