Abarth 695 Biposto on sale from $65,000, most insane Abarth yet

October 1, 2014

Fiat Australia is introducing perhaps the craziest little car to ever hit the local market. It’s called the Abarth 695 Biposto, and it’s essentially a road-going version of a racing car that was used at Bathurst.

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It’s hard to believe this little bruiser is road legal, but it is, completely. It comes with a whole suite of race-ready components such as a race-style H-pattern ‘dog’ gearbox, offering clutch-free rapid-fire changes. This is the first time a street-legal production car has been fitted with such a transmission.

Power comes from a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, based on the more regular Abarth engines. Here, it produces 140kW and 250Nm, making it the most powerful Abarth on sale.

Helping it produce the mighty output is a dual-stage Akrapovic exhaust system giving off an almighty bark, a front-mounted intercooler, and plenty of turbo boost pressure. This equates to 0-100km/h in just 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 230km/h.

To keep up with the race-pace tempo of the powertrain, there’s also Brembo brakes, lightweight OZ alloy wheels, adjustable dampers, and a titanium Poggipolini roll bar setup at the back. There’s also a data logging system inside by MLX – perfect for lap timing and acceleration timing.

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Inside, the two passengers sit in Abarth Corsa Sabelt race seats with four-point harnesses, while fixed front windows with polycarbonate sliding panels help to keep weight to an absolute minimum. Speaking of which, the 695 Biposto tips the scales at just 997kg – around 100kg lighter than other 695 models.

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To finish it all off there is a bespoke wide-body styling kit, with unique front and rear bumper bars, side skirts, pumped wheel arches, special wings, and some carbon inserts.

Interested in getting yourself a new track day toy? The new model is available by pre-order at Fiat dealers now. Prices start at $65,000 (excluding on-road costs).

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.