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
Throw in a well-fed steering wheel, sports pedals and a handful of Tributo badges, and that's your £37,500 lot. We wonder if, given its price tag, Abarth should have treated the 695 to a few more bits from Ferrari's spare-parts cupboard: we'd love to have seen the long, delicate, ‘rabbit-ear' gearshift paddles from the 599 poking out from behind the 695's steering wheel, and surely they could have found room for a manettino switch somewhere in here? But the Abarth team were very conscious of not making 695 a ‘Junior Ferrari', a cartoonish pastiche of a proper Maranello supercar. The 695, they say, isn't a poor man's Ferrari, but rather a hat-tip from one Italian sports-car maker to another. Back in 1953, Abarth points out, it and Ferrari collaborated on the 166/250 Mille Miglia car. Since then, the scorpion brand has designed "numerous exhaust systems" for Ferrari F1 cars.