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This special edition Abarth 695 pays tribute to the glorious 131 Rally

The Abarth 695 Tributo 131 Rally arrives 40 years after the 131’s last official race

Published: 06 May 2022
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Another day, another special edition of Abarth’s pumped-up Fiat 500. This is the Abarth 695 Tributo 131 Rally, and as you may have guessed from the name it pays homage to the fantastically-boxy Abarth 131 Rally.

Why now? Well, apparently it’s 40 years since the 131 Rally’s last official race, and that is absolutely a car worth celebrating. In the late 1970s and early 80s, the 131 won three WRC manufacturer titles and two drivers’ championships. It looked ridiculously cool while doing so too. 

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The 695 Tributo is slightly less cool, with no more power than the standard 178bhp 695 and the same 1.4-litre turbo engine. There’s the same Koni front and rear shocks too, plus Brembo brakes and the adjustable ‘Spoiler ad Assetto Variabile’ that was first shown on the 695 Esseesse.

The Tributo 131 Rally will be limited to just 695 examples though, with each one costing a fairly hefty £32,325. For that you’ll also get a Record Monza Sovrapposto exhaust, diamond-cut 17-inch alloys and three-layer Blue Rally paint. There’s also plenty of 131 Rally silhouettes to let everyone inside and out know that you’ve bought a very special version of the special Fiat 500. 

Thoughts, folks?

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