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
So what, apart from not-a-Ferrari, does your £37,500 get you? At its core, the 695 is a hopped-up Abarth 500 Esseesse (which is itself a hopped-up Abarth 500, which is itself a hopped-up Fiat 500, which is as far as this family tree goes). It uses the same 1.4-litre turbo four-pot as the Esseesse, but with an extra dollop of boost, new pistons and a remapped ECU to boost power to 180bhp. On the hardware side, there are bigger front brakes - 305mm Brembo discs with four-piston calipers - and a noisy new exhaust system with twin pipes and butterfly valves that pop open at 3,000rpm. Those lightweight alloys are smart reworkings of the Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale's wheels, albeit - at 17 inches - a touch smaller. We like these wheels very much.