Abarth’s got a little surprise up its sleeve and it’s called the 500 Track Experience. The new Track Experience package gives customers a chance to enjoy a unique Abarth 500 that comes with a bevy of nice features offered by the Italian automaker, including sleek paint colors, fancy wheels, and a track day experience in Oulton Park, Donington Park, or Brands Hatch. All those tracks are in the UK, which is a bummer for folks in America, but great news for our Abarth-loving, friends across the pond!
The car itself is an important celebratory vehicle for Abarth. It’s limited to just 65 units representing the 65 years since Abarth was founded by Italian Carlo Abarth.
For those interested in the Abarth 500 Track Experience, the automaker is selling them at all 29 UK dealers at a price tag of £14,990, which is about $24,700 as of 9/4/2014.
It’s not often that a limited-edition vehicle comes with its own track-day pass, so there’s a lot of appeal attached to the 500 Track Experience. At the very least, you can buy one and let loose on any of the three tracks available. The track experience alone is worth a nice price bump.
Click past the jump to read more about the Abarth 500 Track Experience.
Last Sunday, the second episode of Top Gear’s 17th season aired and like most of the shows these days, we were treated to some hilarious segments, a rather pointedly pointless car review, some canned and scripted studio jokes, and - for once - a surprisingly fast lap on the Kia Cee’d. Par for the course for Top Gear.
In this episode, James May will tell you things about the Aston Martin Virage that you already probably know. This is then followed by a highly-entertaining hot hatch triple threat madness along the streets of Italy that included finding a dog, an ice cube, and branch from a cedar tree.
Comedian Russ Noble also stopped by for a little chat with Jeremy - an entertaining interview by our measure - after which the former strapped on his helmet for his hot lap on board the show’s Reasonably Priced Car.
The show concludes with a sort of dream of dreams, at least as far as Jeremy Clarkson was concerned: three laps around the Monaco Grand Prix. It probably didn’t matter that the cars they were driving were the same three hot hatches they drove in Italy. At the end of the day - Clarkson especially - had a blast to finally drive their way around Monaco’s world famous street circuit.
Full details after the jump.
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.