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In terms of sheer power and performance, you won’t in a million years mistake the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari from any other supercar to come out of Maranello. To do so, after all, is to miss the entire point as to why this little minx of a car is such an alluring piece of machinery.

As the most exclusive of the plethora of special edition Fiat 500 s out on the market these days, the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari is an eye-catcher in every sense of the word. Best of all, if you have the moolah to make such a purchase, you can get yourself one courtesy of Jameslist.

Like we said, the car is extremely limited in quantity so you might want to avail yourself of one before the entire stock runs dry. Pricing for the car is available per request on Jameslist so you better get to it, people.

It’s not often that you can get yourself a special edition car like this one.

Source: Jameslist

Not only will Abarth be showcasing the500C Esseesse at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, but they will also be sporting the Punto Evo Esseesse. Based on the Abarth Punto Evo , the Esseesse kit will go on sale in December.

The kit includes perforated, ventilated front disc brakes (diameter 305 mm x 28 mm), perforated rear disc brakes (diameter 264 mm x 11 mm), high performance front brake pads, front and rear Koni shock absorbers with FSD valve, specific red springs set lower than those on the original car, Abarth esseesse 7" x 18" ET39 alloy wheels painted white or titanium, combined with 215/40 ZR18 tires.

Under the hood Abarth placed a 1.4 16v Turbo MultiAir engine that delivers a total of 180 HP at 5750 rpm and in Sport mode, a maximum torque of 270 Nm at 3000 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 7.5 seconds, while top speed goes up to 134 mph.

UPDATE 07/07/11: Abarth has finally released the pricing for the Punto Evo Essesse where it’s being sold in the UK for around £20,000, which is about $31,000 based on current exchange rates.

Press release after the jump.

In 2008, Abarth released their Abarth 500 package, and a few months later, they followed it with theEsseesse package at the Paris Auto Show. It seems the blueprints were laid out at that point because Abarth just unveiled their 500C , which is the company’s first convertible, and are planning to unveil the Esseesse package for the convertible at the same auto show at the end of this month. The package includes perforated, ventilated front disc brakes (diameter 284 mm x 22 mm), perforated rear disc brakes (diameter 240 mm x 11 mm), high performance front brake pads, front and rear Koni shock absorbers with FSD valve, specific red springs set lower than those on the original car, and Abarth esseesse 7” x 17” ET35 alloy wheels painted white or titanium, combined with 205/40 ZR17 tires.

Under the hood there is a 1.4 16v Turbo T-Jet engine that delivers a maximum of 160 HP and 230 NM of torque. Of course, due to the added weight of the convertible, the 500C completes the 0-60 mph sprint in 7.6 seconds which is 0.2 seconds slower than the 500. Top speed also takes a small hit at 130mph compared to the 131mph top speed of the 500. It’s a small price to pay for a convertible though, and one that was to be expected.

The package is finished by four sensors to record correct tire pressure, a special “powered by BMC” air filter and Esseesse badges for the engine cover and tailgate.

Press release after the jump.

Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa have one of the coolest jobs in the world. Not only to they race Formula One cars for a living – at Ferrari, no less – but the two also get paid millions by the bucket to do it.

But if there’s one perk that really emphasizes just how good these two racers have it, it’s that they receive cars as gifts as if they were free pens and cup holders.

So it doesn’t really surprise us to find out that both Alonso and Massa were each given their own Ferrari Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari . Just like that, they get their hands on a limited edition Abarth because they’re high-profile employees of the Fiat-owned Ferrari brand.

Like we said, we’re not shocked by of this. Jealous? You have no idea. But shocked? Not really.

While the special edition Abarth is nowhere in the price range of a Prancing Horse-badged Ferrari, it’s still cool enough to drive around town, especially since it comes with a boatload of unique features, including enough carbon fiber on the bodywork, 17-inch Corsa Grey alloy wheels, and Sabelt bucket seats. And that’s on top of the 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces somewhere around 180 horsepower.

Most of us would have to pay around $50,000 for this car. Alonso and Massa get it for free. Then again, those two aren’t exactly what you’d call ‘most people’.

When Abarth unveiled the695 Tributo Ferrari Edition earlier this month, it came with a price tag of 35,500 euro (that’s around $45,000 at the current rates). We thought that was a crazy price for an Abarth model, but, apparently, that’s nothing compared to what the Spaniards have to pay. Spain’s prices for the little hatchback were announced at a costly sum of €46,339, or about US$58,900 at the current exchange rates. Come on, really now!

With that money, in Spain, you can choose between a Nissan 370Z 331HP V6, a VW Scirocco R 265HP, an Alfa Romeo Brera 260HP 3.2 JTS V6, a BMW 135i Coupe 306HP, or a Subaru Impreza WRX STI 300HP! Looking at the choices in this price range, why would anyone go for the Abarth?

As a reminder, theAbarth 695 Tributo Ferrari is powered by a 1.4L turbocharged engine mated to a 5-speed C510 gearbox. This combination leaves the Abarth with 180hp and a top speed of 140mph. The 0-62mph sprint gets accomplished in under seven seconds. A sport button is placed in the dashboard to give the gearbox, engine control unit, and steering a racier feeling complete with more response from the car. of course, these numbers and features still don’t add up to the competition with a price tag like the one it is exhibiting.

In the auto industry, the phrase ‘never say never’ rings true like Sunday morning gospel. Even if the whole situation seems unlikely, it still doesn’t mean that slim chances won’t ever happen.

Take this reported new partnership for example. Whispers are getting louder in the auto circles of a potential project that would involve two brands joining forces: Fiat’s in-house tuning firm, Abarth and the Austrian brand KTM .

From what we’ve heard, the reported tie-up between the two companies will center on a particular car that will be released in 2013. No details were mentioned on what kind of car it actually is, but it was mentioned that it could be something along the likes of an Audi-powered mid-engined two-seater that uses a rolling chassis, similar to what is found in the current X-Bow . Abarth is reportedly also working on putting in a new 1.8-liter version of Fiat’s MultiAir turbocharged petrol engine that’s capable of producing power in excess of 200 horsepower. The Italian tuning house is likewise expected to add some new features, including a unique bodyshell that will be built around the X-Bow’s current carbon fiber monocoque platform. This would make it, at the very least, a little more user-friendly and usable as a standard road car.

The expected price tag on the car is somewhere around £42,000 – £50,000 ($67,000 - $75,000) and it could hit the streets as soon as 2013.

Source: Auto Express
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What’s better than a Ferrari ? Well, how about...Okay, we can’t even finish that. We know this Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari UK Edition is not anywhere near as good as a Ferrari, but it’s definitely a nice little tribute to Italy’s finest. The Abarth 695 will go on sale in the UK as a Right Hand Drive version and will be limited to only 152 units each priced at 35,500 EUROS.

What’s a tribute to Ferrari without a Scuderia -inspired paint job and some carbon accessories? Well, for starters, it wouldn’t be a good tribute, which is why this Abarth models sports the classic red paint finish and carbon touches. The exterior is finished with 17" alloy wheels.

Under the hood, the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari will feature a 1.4L turbocharged engine mated to a 5-speed C510 gearbox. This combination leaves the Abarth with 180hp and a top speed of 140mph. The 0-62mph sprint gets accomplished in under seven seconds. A sport button is placed in the dashboard to give the gearbox, engine control unit, and steering a racier feeling complete with more response from the car.

Hit the jump for a complete list of specs for the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari UK Edition.

After unveiling their customized versions for the 500 and 500C , Abarth have announced plans to build their own coupe version of the Fiat 500. Their model will pay tribute to the 1959 Zagato Abarth 750 T and will be offered in both open and closed versions.

The car will feature a new enlarged tail spoiler, big wheels, and multiple detail changes compared to the 750 T. It will be the first modern Abarth Abarth with body styles exclusive to the marque. On the interior the rear seats will be removed, in the style of the Italian coupes of the 1950s and 1960s.

The next Abarth coupe will be powered by a 1.4 liter T-Jet engine that develops a total of 178 HP (same from the limited-edition Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari). The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in 7.4 seconds and top speed will be higher than in any other Abarth model.

Source: Autocar

After a very successful history of selling customized Fiat models (22,000 since 2008), Abarth has decided it was time to take its chances with the Alfa Romeo models: "The brand is doing so well that we plan to start producing more performance kits for Fiats, and even some Alfa Romeo models. We won’t be working with the Mito since Alfa already has the Cloverleaf, but there are lots of other possibilities," Antonino Labate,the firm’s sales and marketing boss told Autocar.

This, though, will not happen in the near future. Until then Abarth plans to introduce Esseesse versions for the new Punto Evo Abarth and 500C models. The Esseesse package will include engine upgrades, stiffer suspension, and uprated brakes.

But, wait, there’s more. Abarth will also be introducing the company’s first stand-alone sports car model within the next two years. Also in the next two years, Abarth will be bringing a dual-clutch gearbox for the Punto and Multiair engines for the 500 .

Stay tuned for more details!

Source: Autocar

The first rumors appeared in 2008, but today Abarth officially confirmed that theirfirst stand alone sports car will be unveiled in the next two years. This will be a first in more than 30 years of Abarth history.

In an interview with AutoCar, Antonino Labate, head of sales and marketing at Abarth, said: "The brand is doing so well we will definitely bring our own standalone Abarth coupe model to market within the next two years." He also confirmed that Lotus will not be involved in the car’s development or supply Elise underpinnings.

Previous reports suggested that the future model will be powered by a 135 hp 1.4-liter turbocharged engine from the Abarth 500 . However it is now believed that it will feature a 204 HP engine and will weigh around 900 kilos. The car, a two-seater model, will also feature a removable roof panel, the traditional white and red color scheme, and, of course, plenty of the Abarth scorpion logos.

Source: Autocar

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