• Aug 4, 2010

Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari – Click above for high-res image gallery

How much would you be willing to pay for a Fiat 500? Fifteen grand? Twenty? Thirty? How about nearly $50,000. That's how much the crème-de-la-crème Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari is going for now that it's reaching the market.

For a quick refresher, the special-edition 500 was unveiled almost a year ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It packs a 180-horsepower 1.4-liter 16-valve turbocharged four-pot, beefed-up suspension, wheels and brakes and a special paint scheme inspired by its big brother, the Ferrari 430 Scuderia. A scant 152 examples are being produced in right-hand drive for the British market, and each is carrying a whopping price tag of £29,600, or about $47k in American greenbacks.

Now the 695 Tributo Ferrari may be the ultimate manifestation of the Fiat 500 to date. It may even be the next best thing to a Ferrari, though we doubt it. But is it worth $47,000? Fiat will surely sell the entire production run, but then "value" isn't the objective value it once was. Check out the press release after the jump, images in the twin galleries below and weigh in with your own thoughts.




[Source: Fiat]
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ABARTH 695 TRIBUTO FERRARI ROARS INTO VIEW – IN RIGHT HAND DRIVE

It has already attracted critical acclaim in both hard top and convertible form, and as a potent esseesse version. Now the Abarth 500 is arriving in even more exclusive style – as the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari.

Every Abarth reflects the high performance brand's direct connection with competition, and the new 695 Tributo Ferrari takes these links to a new level, with stunning performance matched to perfect day-to-day usability.

This exclusive car – just 152 examples of the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari will be available in right hand drive form in Britain – is priced at Euros 35,500 (£29,600). On the outside the new car's livery is inspired by Ferrari's models, with carbon wing mirrors and Corsa Grey wheels and front air intakes.

Powered by a 1368cc turbocharged engine, producing 180bhp at 5500rpm and 250Nm torque at 3000rpm, the 695 Tributo Ferrari can accelerate from 0-62mph in seven seconds and has a top speed of 140mph. However, the frugal engine can return 43.3mpg on the combined cycle.

The car features a comprehensive list of equipment which includes:
  • five airbags
  • electronic stability programme (ESP)
  • torque transfer control (TTC)
  • Sport button
  • power steering
  • automatic climate control
  • Xenon headlights
  • Blue&Me hands-free infotainment
  • Abarth leather steering wheel
  • 'Record Monza' dual-mode exhaust
  • Abarth Corsa by Sabelt seats
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
Mounted behind the steering wheel are the paddles for the electro-hydraulic Abarth Competizione gearbox which has manual and auto modes. Pressing the Sport button on the dashboard activates a more racy setting for the gearbox, engine control unit and steering for an even more responsive drive.

The original Abarth 695 was introduced in the mid-1960s. The pinnacle of this series was a 38hp engine – though fine-tuning could raise this to over 50hp.

"Abarth and Ferrari are both iconic names in Italian automotive history," says Ivan Gibson, head of Abarth in the UK. "Their passion and dedication helped to create a reputation for sporting excellence in Italian cars around the world, and this new Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari upholds that tradition with some style."

The Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari is available to special order only, through Abarth's 17-strong UK dealer network.


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  • 36 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      I that little POS worth $47,000?
      No.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does Noah Joseph write like he works for Fox News?
      Lawrence Samson
      • 1 Year Ago
      I currently own a 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth which is rated at 160 hp. It currently has been lowered 2 ", and has 17"x8" rims. For an additional $4000. I will be adding simple bolt-on items such as from Magnetti Marelli and other companies which will bring the horsepower to 200 - 220. Total price with the cost of the car will be under 33k U.S. For those of you that don't know, Fiat owns Ferrari and the Abarth 695 was produced in conjuction with Fiat and Ferrari. There are bigger and better things to come out of Fiat so keep your eyes and ears open to future vehicles. The Venom already comes with a 200 hp version.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It costs £29K to a Brit, but it costs $47K to an American who goes to Britain and buys one. This doesn't mean that it would cost $47K in America, because $47K to an average American is not the same as £29K to an average Brit. Such is the problem when you try to use forex rate terms as a way of gauging the conversion instead of purchasing power parity - or the cost in real terms.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like buying a Mugen Civic SI..

      Not a good value proposition unless you are somehow convinced that this is gonna be a collector car..

      ( i'll give you a hint, it's not )
      • 4 Years Ago
      50k and you think its absurd?

      Thats what a standard Fiat 500 costs here in Brazil.
      And people still buy them...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Price of this car is ridiculous not matter who produces it, it looks cheap and I bet when people in the US see it, they will know that it is cheap with the hard plastic dash/doorpanels/ etc that GM, Toyota, Honda and etc get slammed for.... and to the people that defend the price because BMW/MINI sells at a similar price, your value of vehicles is totally out of wack. I bet this car drives awful in the real world of potholes and rough roads with the hard suspension and short wheel base chassis.

      "180-horsepower 1.4-liter 16-valve turbocharged four-pot, beefed-up suspension, wheels and brakes" what a joke... if this is what the europeon fanboys think of a cool performance car is, then you really are a euro snob.....

      It's really incredible that this car gets a pass for having the Ferrari name on a Fiat.... what's next a Viper Tributo Ferrari?
      • 4 Years Ago
      No.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You'd really have to crave the gas-station stroke to pay 47K for two of these.....make mine a MK9 Evo........Bruce
      • 4 Years Ago
      Foreign-made vehicles imported into the U.S., whether new or used, either for personal use or for sale, generally require you to pay a duty (tax). Granted it isn't as high as the VAT - but once you figure in DnD + Duties minus the VAT....oh who cares. Give me a GTI + DSG.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Not at all. It'd be worth $50k though, only if it had a Ferrari engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Then it'll be like the old Abarth that came from the factory with the hood permanently open!
        • 4 Years Ago
        No modern Ferrari engine would fit in the engine bay.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To say this Fiat's big brother is the Ferrari 430 Scuderia is quite a stretch. More like a second cousin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All these people harping on about VAT. The current standard VAT rate in the UK is 17.5% - while in America, sales tax rates often range between 6 and 9%. On average, you're only looking at an additional 10%.

      Forex rates - VAT included or not - do not account accurate conversions. You have to use purchasing power parity, or the average cost of consumables compared with average incomes, forming an index, and comparing them.
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