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In case you thought Abarth could do no more with the Fiat 500... Here's the madcap 695 Biposto.
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Abarth has created what could very well be the craziest small Italian car for some time with its latest model based on the Fiat 500. Called the 695 Biposto, according to Abarth it is the fastest street-legal car it has ever made and we can believe it.


Everything about the 695 Biposto says 'race car'. The bonnet, in tribute to the original 124 Abarth, has two bumps in it and is made from aluminium. The mirror covers are made from carbon fibre, as are inserts in both the front and rear bumpers. The side windows are fixed in place and have polycarbonate sliding panels to allow airflow into the car. Its aggressive rear diffuser surrounds two large-bore Akrapovic exhaust outlets, while the Biposto's bodywork is finished in a textured paint called Performance Grey.


Those seeking the finer creature comforts in life will be deeply disappointed by the 695 Biposto. Everything that wasn't completely necessary has been stripped out of the interior, leaving the car looking like little more than a full-on racer. The door panels have been replaced by simple straps in which to pull them closed; the seats are thinly padded bucket items that feature carbon fibre backed shells; and, to complete the racer image, Sabelt provided four-point harnesses to hold the two occupants in place. The rear has been stripped of its seats and in their place is a titanium roll bar and cargo netting.


At the heart of this road-legal racer is a 190hp version of Fiat's 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engine, which, thanks to Abarth's tuning engineers, can propel the 695 Biposto from 0-62mph in just 5.9 seconds. The car sits low thanks to the Extreme Shox adjustable dampers, while the flared arches are filled with lightened 18-inch OZ rims. Brembo provides the braking system. Those who are a little more competitive will make use of the car's MXL digital data logger.

The transmission features a dog ring gearbox with disc and clutch self-locking differential, meaning the driver can upshift without having to use the clutch. Not only is this real race car technology it also looks it thanks to an exposed all-aluminium turret in a H-configuration.

Anything else?

If all that isn't enough for you, Abarth is also offering a '124 Speciale Kit', which adds an aluminium bonnet with a unique design, titanium fuel, water and oil caps.

The Abarth 695 Biposto debuted at the Geneva Motor Show.

Dave Humphreys - 12 Mar 2014

2014 Abarth 695 Biposto. Image by Abarth.2014 Abarth 695 Biposto. Image by Abarth.2014 Abarth 695 Biposto. Image by Abarth.  

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