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
Abarth hasn't lost its knack for noisy exhausts. Buzzing around the perilously steep banking on the Lingotto rooftop with the Corsa in hot pursuit, the 695 makes an almighty racket, chuntering and snorting like an irritable metallic bear. It's brilliantly over-the-top, but stays just the right side of intrusive. This is good news when you're bumping along a 45-degree paved bank, five storeys above a city. With horizon and cityscape swimming at mad angles across the windscreen, tackling the Lingotto rooftop at even moderate speed is hugely disorientating - a cross between the wall of death and one of those revolving restaurants you get at the top of posh skyscrapers - yet entirely in keeping with the vibe of Fiat's spiritual home, a beautiful, oddball building that, when it opened in 1923, was the biggest factory in the world.