A few years back, Abarth did a tribute edition to Ferrari – the 695 Tributo Ferrari – and it was good. Now they are doing a tribute to Ferrari’s luxury cousin, Maserati – and it is good!
At it’s heart, the 695 Maser is a convertible Fiat 500, with it’s 1.4-litre turbocharged engine gets boosted from 135bhp to 180bhp, courtesy of a Garrett 1446 turbo. It also boasts – in sport mode – 184lb ft of torque.
That increased power is delivered to the ground through a five-speed automated manual gearbox, dubbed Abarth Competizione, operated via steering-wheel paddles. 305mm front Brembo brake discs, Koni shock absorbers and a dual-mode exhaust that helps engine performance and “delivers an inspiring sound above 3,000rpm”. Maserati birdcage wheels complete the look.
As for performance, Abarth states a 0-62mph of under seven seconds, a top speed in excess of 140mph, all while getting 43.4mpg.
Abarth didn’t ignore the inside. The tiny Maser-tribute is packed with 695 logos and sand beige leather, while the dash and gearbox get a matt-finish carbon lining. The instrument panel has been specifically built by Jaeger, there’s a JBL sound system, and a customized Abarth graphics and a plate with your model number.
Speaking of which, just 499 models will be built, each with that special ‘Pontevecchio Bordeaux’ paint from Maserati. You even get a Tramontano leather luggage set too, since we KNOW you are going to want to travel in this bad boy.