Back in October 1965, Abarth founder Carlo Abarth set a world speed record for acceleration for a class G car at the Monza race track. Abarth was 57 years old when he drove the 105-horsepower Abarth 1000 Monoposto Record, a streamlined one-seater that was built specifically for the purpose of setting international and world speed records. He even had to shed 66 pounds just to fit inside the tight cockpit. That’s no small feat for anybody, let alone someone who was nearing his 60th birthday. Yet Abarth managed to do that on his way to setting a record that still resonates to this day. Now, 50 years after that record-setting achievement, the Italian automaker is paying tribute to that feat with the launch of the Abarth 695 Biposto Record.

The car is based on the 2014 Fiat Abarth 695 Biposto and it comes with cosmetic and mechanical upgrades on the exterior and interior. Only 133 units will be made of the limited-edition hot-hatch, with each model getting a special ‘695 Record’ badge to denote its association with Abarth’s incredible record-setting achievement.

Continue reading to learn more about the Abarth 695 Biposto Record.

  • 2016 Abarth 695 Biposto Record
  • Year:
    2016
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  • 0-60 time:
    7 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    110 mph (Est.)
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Exterior

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The cosmetic changes on the body of the Abarth 695 Biposto Record are subtle but effective, beginning with an exclusive ‘Modena Yellow’ livery. The eye-catching body color is complemented by ‘Tar Cold Grey’ titanium treatments on the hatchback’s front whisker, where Abarth’s scorpion logo is located, as well as on the door handles and tailgate handle. A set of 18-inch wheels and a pair of ‘695 Record’ enamel badges just behind the doors and on the aluminum hood round out the exterior upgrades on this special edition 695 Biposto.

Interior

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Note: Standard 2014 Fiat Abarth 695 Biposto shown.

Don’t bother looking for any creature comforts in the cabin because you won’t find any. The interior of the 695 Biposto is as race-ready as it’s going to get. It’s got no rear seats, no power windows, and no air-conditioning. What it does have is a special instrument panel animation, a numbered plate, a pair of carbon-fiber shell front seats wrapped in Alcantara and titanium-colored leather, and a rear section that’s comprised of a partial roll cage and an anti-intrusion net.

Drivetrain

The Abarth 695 Biposto Record gets its engine from the standard 695 Biposto, which is a 1.4-liter T-Jet engine that produces 190 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. All that power is sent to the two front wheels through a proper five-speed manual transmission, and not the dog clutch transmission that’s used in the standard model. Abarth didn’t announce any performance numbers for the 695 Biposto Record, but given the mostly cosmetic changes, the special edition Abarth should still be able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 143 mph.

Prices

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The Abarth 695 Biposto Record is limited to just 133 units. The company has made no announcement on its price but expect it to cost around $25,000.

Competition

2015 Mini Cooper S

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Even though the Mini Cooper S and the Abarth 695 Biposto are built differently, it’s hard to ignore the similarities between the two, especially in the performance department.

The Cooper S is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Even with the bigger engine than the 695 Biposto, the Cooper’s output of 192 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque only beats the Abarth by a whisker. The Cooper is heavier than the 695 Biposto. The disparity in weight is a big advantage for the Abarth, but thanks to the Cooper’s bigger engine and similar engine output, the Mini is only a half-second slower than the 695 Biposto in the sprint from 0 to 60 mph. All’s not lost for the Cooper S, though, because its top speed of 145 mph actually nudges past the 695 Biposto’s 143-mph top speed.

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

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I dig the fact that the Abarth 695 Biposto Record is built as a full-blown race car. Very rarely do people stumble upon Abarths that can pump out close to 200 horsepower and hit a top speed of 143 mph, so the mere fact that a handful of these bad boys are available makes me excited to see what it can do on a race track when it’s given a clear run.

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Press Release

At 57 years of age, Carlo Abarth decided to break a new record, namely acceleration in a class G car at the Monza Racing Track. He had not raced for some time and, not being able to find the right driver, he decided to lose 30 kilograms of weight to slip into the tight cockpit himself. His efforts were rewarded in October 1965: Fiat Abarth ’1000 Monoposto Record’ Class G, 105 HP, broke the acceleration record over a quarter of a mile and 500 metre distances. Not by chance ’performance is a state of mind’ for Abarth.

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The Abarth 695 Biposto Record celebrates the 50th anniversary of the feat. It is characterised by an exclusive ’Modena Yellow’ livery embellished with ’Tar Cold Grey’ titanium front whisker, door handles and tailgate handle, enamelled ’695 Record’ badge on the side and aluminium bonnet. Inside, features include special instrument panel animation, carbon shell seats and numbered plate. Performance is secured by a mechanical self-locking differential combined, for the first time ever, with a manual gearbox (instead of a dog clutch gearbox). This result is the perfect blend of performance, craftsmanship and care for details. This limited edition, of which only 133 have been made, like the number of records held by the Scorpion brand, also fits 18’ rims, oversized Brembo brakes and Akrapovic exhaust.

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