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Abarth showed off its 695 Competizione at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show and the Fiat 500-based Competizione is track ready packing over 180-hp with a roll cage. Abarth began by stripping the rear seat from the 500 and in its place is the rear bracing for a roll bar. And while we find Abarth’s claim that the 695 Competizione is a street-legal race car a bit of a stretch, we have to admit the extra performance and race-inspired interior does the Fiat good.
The 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder in the 695 Competizione produces over 180-hp according to Abarth and is put to the wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission. The transmission features two modes, an automatic Street and a full manual Track. The stock exhaust is nowhere to be seen, instead Abarth outfits the 695 Competizione with its Record Monza, two-mode system that opens up past 3000-rpm. 0-62 mph is rated at less than seven seconds with a top speed of 140-mph.
Modifying the suspension is a set of Koni shocks while braking performance has been enhanced with Brembo four-piston calipers. On the outside, the only difference the 695 Competizione features is a set of 17-inch wheels from the Tributo Ferrari and the Grigio Competizione Opaco livery. On the inside, the racing seats up front are reupholstered in leather and Alcantara while the instrument cluster was specially made by Jaeger. Accessories include a carbon-fiber dash panel and aluminum pedals with Abarth’s scorpion logo.