Abarth has a well established racing pedigree, so it is no wonder that they’ve chosen to release a track ready Fiat 500. Debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 695 Competizione features a color matched rollbar replacing the back seats (which just so happens to increase the storage capacity of the hatch), lightweight Sabelt racing seats, and a large rear spoiler.
Powering the car is a 180 horsepower turbo engine (hopefully similar to what we’ll get in the US). Like the other special edition 500 from Frankfurt, the Cabrio Italia, the Competizione will also get a Brembo brake kit, Xenon headlights, and an upgraded exhaust. From the Tributo Ferrari it gets 17 inch rims which have been painted flat “titanium” gray to match the rest of the car.
The car will also feature the same lightweight racing seats as the Cabrio Italia, which are made by Sabelt and covered in black leather, red Alcantara, with a carbon fiber backrest.
Jalopnik fairly compares the 695 Competizione to the Porsche 911 RS and GT3 versions, which cost more for seemingly less features:
Fiat is still milking the trend that Porsche figured out a long time ago: when it comes to sporty cars with image, people will pay a whole lot more to get a whole lot less.
Despite the addition of all the features above, you will be missing a back seat at the very least, and possibly a lot of ride comfort as well. All that can be yours for the eye bursting price of $52,000! And I thought the Tributo Ferrari was expensive.
The good news is that should you be able to afford it, at least you won’t have to pay any import fees. According to Sergio Marchionne, the chairman of Fiat, the Competizione will be coming to the US in 2012.
In the video below, Abarth Chief Designer Ruben Wainberg highlights the features of both the Punto Supersport and the 695 Competizione (in the second half).