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
But the standard, £14,000 500 Abarth is a helter-skelter ride: what does the extra £23,500 really add? Well, the 695's reworked transmission is a welcome improvement, firing through downshifts at pace and suffering far less of the nodding-dog syndrome on the way up. It still ain't perfect. Forget to lift off the accelerator slightly when changing up, and it'll treat you to an inelegant lurch, while, left to its own devices, the 695 will occasionally take an improvised free-form wander, leaving you stranded across a junction as the 'box languidly roots around for a lower gear. But, for the most part, it's thoroughly well behaved. We'd still prefer a short-shifting manual transmission: if you want to keep the explicit Ferrari connection, Abarth, can we recommend the clackety, open-gate manual gearbox from the 550 Maranello?