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2014-06-12 10:08

ABARTH AT GUMBALL 3000: Head of Abarth, Marco Magnanini, poses with a 695 Biposto at a Gumball 3000 event in London, England . Image: Abarth

ROME, Italy - Italian automaker Abarth has celebrated the launch of new range of Fiat 500 performance cars at the annual Gumball 3000 endurance race*.

The range coincides with the automaker's partnership of the event and was on show in the UK recently as part of an international tour - the new 695 Biposto, a 595 Competizione, 595 Turismo and 595 50th Anniversario (Anniversary Edition).


The 141kW biposto is described as "the most Abarth of all Abarths” with has top speed of 230km/h and acceleration from 0-100km in 5.9sec.

The cars are for sale with a special grey paint job, spoilers and Brembo brakes and can be specified with options such as an aluminium bonnet, carbon-fibre details and four-point racing seat belts.


The 595 Turismo is powered by a 120kW version of Abarth’s 1.4 turbocharged T-Jet engine and has leather sports seats and 17", 10-spoked, diamond-cut, alloy rims. The same engine powers the 595 Competitizione, which is equipped with dual mode "record Monza" exhausts, perforated front and rear disc brakes and an aluminium pedal kit and foot rest.

The 595 50th Anniversario is equipped with the same 1.4 turbo as its sibling though tuned to 134kW and mated to an Abarth Competizione gearbox. Only 299 will be produced.


The entire range receives a new instrument panel with a 17cm digital display and thin-film transistor technology. The display has two modes - Normal and Sport - with the latter showing data such as longitudinal/lateral acceleration (G-meter).

Head of Abarth UK, , said: “The Gumball 3000 event was the perfect platform at which to announce, and display, our new range of Abarth cars.

“Customers and fans saw some of the changes we have made to the range, helping them to understand how we are giving our drivers much more opportunity to customise and optimise their car to create the Abarth that they really want to own.”


*The Gumball 3000 featured some of the world’s most incredible supercars. The route took competitors from the USA (Miami, Atlanta, New York), through Scotland (Edinburgh), Britain (London), France (Paris) and Spain (Barcelona).

The race finished on the island of Ibiza.
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