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Abarth's 695 Biposto Record is the 500 that costs more than a Golf R
Hopped-up, 178bhp Cinquecento weighs in at over £36k. No, really
It’s been a good week for those in the market for something small, Italian, and two-seat-flavoured.
It sounds, on paper, pleasingly fruity. The Biposto Record employs Abarth’s favourite 1.4-litre ‘Turbo T-Jet’ four-cylinder, making 187bhp.
Weighing in at a mere 997kg – thanks to the removal of the rear seats, carbon buckets up front, and a host of other weight-reduction measures – the Biposto Record will get from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds, and on to a top speed of 142mph.
For something with the footprint of, um, an actual shoe, that’s mighty respectable pace.
However. Such respectable pace comes at a cost. And that cost is £36,610. That is, you’ll notice, a lot of money for a hopped-up Fiat 500.
Abarth would like to make clear that you’re paying, in part, for exclusivity: just 133 Biposto Records shall be built, all finished in that unique ‘Modena Yellow’ paintjob.