Free Luggage With Every Abarth 695 Maserati Edition

Abarth are about to release another special edition 500, this time in partnership with Maserati. The Abarth 695 Maserati Edition will actually be available to buy in the UK at the end of this year, with just 499 models up for grabs.

Abarth 695 Maserati Edition

Abarth 695 Maserati Edition

What makes the 695 Maserati so special? For a start it gets the fastest of Abarth’s engines, a supercharged and turbocharged 1.4-litre that’s good for 180bhp. Drive is passed through an electrically-operated Abarth Competizione gearbox with manual control provided by buttons on the steering wheel.

Chassis tweaks help to harness the extra power, including new Koni shock absorbers, and performance tyres wrapped around 17-inch Maserati-inspired ‘Neptune’ alloy wheels are responsible for transmitting it to the tarmac. The front brakes receive a major overhaul with a set of Brembo monobloc callipers with floating 305mm discs. Finally a variable back-pressure ‘dual mode’ exhaust lets the engine breathe more freely while making sure the Abarth delivers a suitably Italian tone.

Abarth 695 Maserati Edition Interior

Lots of leather, carbon lining and 'grey flocking' for side panels

If you think the 695 Maserati sounds familiar it’s probably because it follows the same formula as the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari from three years ago. This time Abarth are aiming for a less performance-oriented model and for something with a little more comfort, following in Maserati’s Gran Turismo theme.

That means the inside is lined in sand beige leather with a 695 logo embossed on the seat headrests. A matt finish carbon lining adorns the dashboard and gearbox and also bears the 695 logo, and the side panels are even given a grey ‘flocking’ effect.

Abarth 695 Maserati

Engine:1,386cc 4-cyl Turbo
Power:180 bhp
Torque:250 Nm
0-60mphUnder 7 secs
Top speed:Over 140mph
Economy:43.4 mpg
CO2 Emissions:151 g/km

More interior details include Jaeger instruments, an aluminium pedal unit and sill plates, a carbon fibre kick plate bearing the Abarth 695 Maserati Edition graphics, and a number plaque bearing the Abarth’s series number from 1 to 499.

There are three problems that I can see with this car. One is that it’s purple, or Pontevecchio Bordeaux to be precise. The second is that’s it’s based on the 500C convertible rather than the tin-top hatchback. The third is that it costs £32,000. Fortunately that is the on-the-road price but it’s a huge sum of money for an Abarth 500 – not that it stopped the 695 Ferrari Tribute from selling out. On the bright side you do get a set of Tramontano leather luggage included in the price.

Abarth 695 Maserati Edition Rear

Pontevecchio Bordeaux paintwork may be an acquired taste

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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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