Fiat Abarth 695 Biposto

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Fiat's Abarth 695 biposto is a racer for the road...and it's bound for Oz!

Fiat Abarth 695 Biposto
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Fiat Abarth 695 Biposto

Billed as A ‘race car for the road’, the angry Abarth 695 biposto was revealed at the 2014 Geneva motor show. Fiat Chrysler Australia describes the biposto as ‘the road-going interpretation of the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse racecar which won Class F at the 2014 Bathurst 12 Hour' and that intent is strengthened by a 141kW version of Fiat’s 1.4-litre turbocharged four-pot and claimed weight of only 997kg. Claimed 0-100km/h acceleration is a rapid 5.9sec.

Power is sent to the front wheels via a clutch-plate self-locking differential and a dog-ring manual racing gearbox; a rarity even in the most focused of road legal vehicles. Adjustable Extreme Shox dampers and four-pot front Brembo brakes with floating discs keep everything under control.

As if the spec wasn't already hardcore enough, Fiat has ditched the rear seats (hence the biposto – two-seat – name), climate control, power windows and radio to save weight. Carbon fibre wing mirrors, aluminium bonnet and polycarbonate fixed windows with sliding sections shed further grams. Four-point belts, Abarth Corsa seats, digital data logger and titanium rear roll bar leave no doubt about its motorsport inspiration.

Some fifty years and 121kW separate the latest Abarth 695 from the first, which crammed a 699.5cc two-pot over its rear axle and harassed far larger sports cars on racetracks throughout Europe.

But the best news? Rumours suggest there’s a handful of 695s coming to Australia.

 

 


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