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Abarth 695 Tribute Maserati special edition announced

February 22, 2012

Another very special edition Abarth has been announced, called the Abarth 695 Tribute Maserati, based on the Fiat 500C drop-top. It comes with a range of luxurious highlights.

Like the Abarth 695 Tribute Ferrari, the Maserati version will be used to connect the more premium buyers that are usually attracted to Fiat’s more well known brands (Ferrari, Alfa Romeo), to the sporty hot hatch subsidiary.

Just 399 Abarth 695 Tribute Maserati examples will be made. Each featuring a number of components and features focused around style and prestige, including some design cues in tune with Maserati.

Underneath, there’s a Record Monzo exhaust system with hexagonal tips at the back taking inspiration from Maserati vehicles. The exhaust also features a dual mode for variable back-pressure and changes to the sound.

The engine is a 1.4-litre Turbo T-Jet four-cylinder unit producing 132kW. It sends power to the front wheels via a sequential-shift automatic Abarth Competizione transmission, with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.

Mechanical highlights include a full sports suspension setup, Brembo brakes, and a set of Maserati-designed 17-inch Neptune alloy wheels.

To set it further apart from the normal Abarth range, the Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati features an exotic deep maroon body painted in a Pontevecchio Bordeaux three-stage clear coat.

Matching exquisite touches include a Poltrona Frau leather interior with printed ‘695’ logos on the seats, a sports leather-wrapped steering wheel, and aluminium pedals and sill plates.

In case that isn’t enough, Abarth can also throw in a special Tramontano Tribute to Abarth Travel Pack, including two travel bags.

The special model is apparently under consideration for the Australian market, however, it first needs to be produced in right-hand drive before any decisions can be made.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.