Corsa VXR Nürburgring vs Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari
On a rooftop test track high above Turin, a pair of rare hot hatches prepare for a mission to grab your hard-earned...
Posted: 22 May 2012
The 695 isn't a precision instrument. You get the feeling Abarth never set out to make it so: the 695 eschews razor-tipped responses for a mad, buzzy exuberance. Threading it through tight corners is a hectic, hands-on task not dissimilar to herding pigeons: slam on the brakes into a hairpin, feel the 695 almost stand on its nose; bang a couple of flatulent, noisy gearshifts; bury the thottle on exit, fight the squirming steering wheel as the Abarth detonates its power in one frenzied splat of turbocharged mayhem, repeat ad infinitum. Not a subtle method of getting up a hill, but an undeniably hilarious one.