Another anniversary, another limited edition Abarth. It is now 70 years since Abarth & C. was founded by Carlo Abarth (1908 – 1979) and to commemmorate that there’s a new Abarth 695 70th Anniversario special edition. Abarth have seen fit to make just 1,949 units of the 70th Anniversario, harking back to the year that Carlo Abarth begain modifying cars.
So what makes this special edition so special? It starts off with a new “Spoiler ad Assetto Variabile”, a variable angle rear spoiler that can be adjusted manually to one of 12 different positions between zero and 60 degrees. In the maximum setting the spoiler increases the aerodynamic load by up to 42kg at a speed of 124mph, pushing the rear of the Abarth down and improving high-speed stability. Only trouble is you’re going to have to be pushing it on track to really test if it makes any difference!
Abarth claim this is much more than a gimmick though, having tested the 695 70th Anniversario in the Orbassano full-scale wind tunnel, south of Turin, a facility that was built in the seventies and has been continually updated. This is the only wind tunnel in Italy and is capable of allowing full-scale testing and high air speeds of up to 130mph.
Outside, the new Abarth 695 70th Anniversario features Monza 1958 green livery, a tribute to the colour of the first 500 Abarth that set six international records at Monza. Campovolo grey details, including the “Spoiler ad Assetto Variabile”, body kit, front and rear DAMs and mirror caps, scorpion decals on the bonnet and the chequered sticker on the roof complete the look.
Wheels are 17-inch SuperSport alloys fitted around red Brembo brake calipers. The Brembo brakes are fitted with four-piston aluminium calipers and 305mm discs at the front and 240mm discs at the rear, both self-ventilated. The Record Monza exhaust, limited slip differential and Xenon headlights all feature as standard.
The new Monza 1958 green paint isn’t the only colour choice, with four other colours available – Circuit Grey, Gara White, Scorpione Black and Podium Blue.
Inside, the Abarth 695 70th Anniversario features exclusive “Sabelt Tricolore” seats, developed specifically for this special edition. Each of the 1,949 units will have a numbered plaque, making the 695 70th Anniversario an authentic collectable.
The new 695 70th Anniversario is equipped with the familiar 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine which delivers 180hp and 250Nm of torque at 3,000rpm. Top speed is said to be 139mph with the spoiler set to its zero degree position. No mention of how much top speed you lose with the spoiler at its maximum angle and no, you don’t get a DRS button. Accelerating from zero to 62mph takes just 6.7 seconds.
The new Abarth 695 70th Anniversario is available to order now priced from £29,695 on the road.