Abarth earned an early reputation for tuning big power from small-displacement engines. The company's Fiat Abarth 1000 Monoposto Record set class acceleration records at Monza in 1965, with Carlo Abarth himself behind the wheel. The limited edition 695 Biposto Record now celebrates the 50th anniversary of those titles with the hottest version of the Fiat 500 on the street.

Abarth will limit this special 695 Biposto to just 133 examples – the company's number of historic records. They all wear Modena Yellow bodies with Tar Cold Grey trim and an enameled badge. The interior also features a numbered plaque.

Beyond these aesthetic tweaks, Abarth sticks with the high-output powertrain of the standard 695 Biposto: a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder sends 190 horsepower to the front wheels through a mechanical locking differential. An Akrapovic exhaust provides great sound, too. Compared to a normal Fiat 500 Abarth, the weight of the Biposto twins drops to 2,198 pounds thanks in part to the removal of the rear seats. The combination of more power and fewer pounds lets the hatchback reach 62 miles per hour in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph. Brembo brakes slow things down. Inside, Sabelt buckets with carbon shells hold the two occupants tight with four-point harnesses.

Like the standard 695 Biposto, we don't expect the company to offer the Record in the US. They're rather expensive across the pond; The UK press release shows a price there at the current equivalent of $55,680.

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A new, limited edition version of Abarth's stunning 695 biposto, the Record, has just gone on sale, priced £36,610 OTR.

Just 133 examples of the striking 695 biposto Record will be built for worldwide distribution. An exclusive 'Modena Yellow' finish embellished with 'Tar Cold Grey' trims, enamelled '695 Record' badge on the side and aluminium bonnet are all standard features.

This small run of cars – 133 is the number of records held by the Scorpion brand – also feature 18-inch OZ alloy wheels, large Brembo brakes and a throaty Akrapovic exhaust. Inside, there is special instrument panel animation, Sabelt carbon shell seats, four point seatbelts, a cargo net and a unique numbered plate.

Based on the sporting, two-seat Abarth 695 biposto, the Record version is powered by the same 190hp 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16-valve engine. Weighing in at only 997 kilograms, the car has the best weight-to-power ratio (5.2 kg/hp) and the best acceleration (from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds) in its category. Top speed is 143mph. Peak power is delivered at 5500 rpm and top torque is 250 Nm at 3000 rpm.

The 139hp/litre specific power is remarkable and sets a new record in its class. Performance is secured by a mechanical self-locking differential combined with a manual synchromesh gearbox.

The Abarth 695 biposto Record celebrates the 50th anniversary of the day when, aged 57, Carlo Abarth broke a new acceleration record in a Class G car, at the Monza race track. Unable to find the right driver, he decided to lose 30 kilograms in weight to slip into the tight cockpit himself.

His efforts were rewarded in October 1965: Fiat Abarth '1000 Monoposto Record' Class G, 105 HP broke the acceleration record over a quarter of a mile and 500 metre distances.

"The stunning Modena Yellow colour is enough reason for anyone to want to own a 695 biposto Record," says Gerry Southerington, brand manager, Abarth UK. "Add in the awesome performance, the standard equipment, the history, and the fact that only 133 examples will be made, we are confident that the car represents a very desirable package that will strike a chord with the Abarth enthusiast."

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