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
Those suspension tweaks have calmed the Abarth's often-frantic ride, too. Though the 695 still errs towards the scrabbly rather than serene end of the scale, it now soothes those bumps that would clang through the Esseesse's cabin. A shame the new Sabelts don't rectify one of our biggest gripes with the 500 Abarth: its too-high seating position.
But this isn't a track-day hot hatch for the committed opposite-lock enthusiast. It's a posh caricature of the already-cartoonish Abarth 500. But, wrestling it up the mountain, exhaust note reverberating with an angle-grinder rasp off the metal barriers separating Sestriere's switchbacks from a drop into the Alpine abyss, late-afternoon sunlight winking off the carbon fibre, the 695's sheer chutzpah worms its way into your brain, and you start thinking, "£37,500? Maybe that's not so..."