Fiat unleashes the Abarth 695 biposto "smallest supercar" on an unsuspecting world - w/videos

FCA's Fiat division owes a lot to the popular 500 sub-compact, The 500 saved Fiat from obscurity (and potential ruin) and Fiat has repaid the little runabout with continuous updates and model derivations. Fiat's Abarth performance group has had a really good time with the 500 and this is their latest effort, the Abarth 695 biposto racing/rally/street car. This is probably the closest thing to a racing/rally car that you can buy from an Abarth purveyor and still drive on the street. Yep, it's "street legal." Abarth took out all the unnecessary weight (including the rear seats) and used light-weight materials wherever possible. The 1.4-liter turbocharged four has been massaged to put out 190 hp and the manual transmission can be fitted with a "Dog Ring" kit for better shift performance. Four-point racing harnesses are anchored to the anti-rollbar and fitted through the Abarth Corsa by Sabelt carbon-fiber racing seats. Other features include the MXL2 digital data logger by Aim (for continuous monitoring of the car's performance), "ultra-light" OZ rims, matte Performance Grey paint, fully-adjustable suspension, performance exhaust, body kit, unique front and rear fascia, and much more. You can even order fixed front windows with movable poly-carbonate panels for even more weight-savings. Needless to say, Abarth is calling the 695 biposto the "smallest of supercars." Whatever you call it, the little speedster should be a hoot to drive. No word on US sales plans. For much more info, check out the press releases and videos after the jump. Make sure you have the sound on to hear that little engine wail.

Source: FCA/Fiat - Press releases, pics, and three additional videos after the "read more" jump.

Press Releases:
Abarth 695 biposto: the “smallest of the supercars”

At the "Riccardo Paletti" Racetrack in Varano de' Melegari (Parma), the new Abarth 695 biposto is being presented to the international press and made available for test drives. It's the ideal synthesis of road-going and racing cars, the "translation" of racing into a car made for daily life.

In the year of the legendary Fiat Abarth 695's 50th anniversary, Abarth pays homage with the new Abarth 695 biposto, which made its official début at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Available for order from June of this year, the brand's modern icon has already acquired a number of orders far exceeding the production capacity for the current year.

A success announced in advance by the great enthusiasm with which the Abarth 695 biposto was received at the main European automotive events in which it took part: Goodwood, Festival of Speed, LeMans Classic, Lignières Historique, Salon Privée. That's not to mention the Gumball 3000, a prestigious supercar showcase that, for the first time, adopted an official car: the 695 biposto, in fact. Now the "smallest of the supercars" is ready to unleash its 190 HP on the roads of Europe, with the first deliveries set for the end of the year.

A high-adrenaline car created in the Officine Abarth in Turin, where craftsmanship and attention to detail, typical of Abarth's most exclusive cars, meet the best of race car technology. From its founding to the present day, Abarth has never shrunk from challenges that at times seem impossible: the Abarth 695 biposto - the smallest of the supercars - is yet another demonstration that ingenuity and passion know no limits.

The 695 biposto epitomises the philosophy of Carlo Abarth - summed up by the slogan "Sunday on the track and Monday in the office" - who wanted to offer everybody the chance to live out their passion every day, making ordinary products extraordinary and making normal people feel like racing drivers every day.

Design to performance
The forceful and individual style of the 695 biposto results from a very precise requirement: guaranteeing maximum performance without sacrificing the typical elegance of Italian style and the recognised iconic character of Abarth design.

The exterior of the new Abarth 695 biposto is distinguished by some more pronounced and "muscular" elements: the front bumper has been completely redesigned to guarantee maximum air flow, thanks to the wide aerodynamic carbon fibre insert as well as the rear bumper, "sculpted" to ensure that the carbon fibre extractor optimises the air flow and permits the installation of the Abarth by Akrapovic exhaust system. The wind tunnel sessions also led to a redesign of the rear spoiler, now more pronounced, while the strict track tests ensured maximum braking system heat dissipation thanks to the design of the "ultra-light" OZ rims.

The increased track called for a new "body kit", with widened wheel arches and specific side skirts. These too have carbon fibre inserts.

The bodywork is characterised by a brand-new matt Performance Grey colour, as if the car were created straight from the road, and further enhanced by titanium finishes for the front bonnet trim, door handles and tailgate and rear handle.

On the inside, the racing spirit of the 695 biposto takes the form of style choices that combine superior technology with attention to detail. An example? The rear titanium anti-rollbar by Poggipolini, a company famous for extremely high-precision machining and for structural and weight-reduction solutions, through the use of special alloys, to the extent of being a point of reference in the Automotive, F1 and Aerospace sectors.

The rear compartment - with no seats - is characterised by a lining in a technical material which, as with the bodywork, recalls the colour and texture of asphalt. Additionally, an "anti intrusion" net for securing luggage and the four-point seat belts are attached to the anti-rollbar, in both cases with a racing flavour and made by Sabelt, international reference brand in the world of racing and technical partner of many professional drivers and teams.

The mark of Sabelt is also to be found on the anatomical seats: they're "Abarth Corsa by Sabelt" with composite or carbon fibre shell, with upholstery comprising electro-welded Alcantara and titanium-coloured leather with brand-new colours and finishes for an Abarth.

Certain details highlight the degree of care and passion that went into making the car: inside the door handle is a red strip made out of the same material as the 4-point seats belts, an oddment net complements the front door panel and the identification plate on the central console can be personalised with the name of the customer.

On the outside, the aerial elimination hole is sealed with a milled aluminium cap with the 695 biposto logo, the rear light surround is black to ensure maximum exterior harmony and the weave of the carbon fibre has been arranged symmetrically to create an "arrow", symbol of dynamism and the sport attitude of the 695 biposto.

Technical upgrade kits
The list of technical upgrades for customising the 695 biposto expresses its racing derivation even more clearly: choosing the "Racing Windows" kit equips your car with fixed front windows with polycarbonate sliding panels, available on a type-approved road-going sports car for the first time.

Staying with the subject of "world firsts", the 695 biposto is the first "street legal" car to be offered with a gearbox with dog rings, making upwards gear changes so rapid that expert drivers don't need to use the clutch. This unique, exclusive feature, created with the expertise that Bacci Romano has acquired on tracks the world over, is suited to expert drivers and offered as an alternative to the five-speed manual gearbox in the "Dog Ring" kit. To guarantee the unique feel of a race car, the dog-ring gearbox is teamed with a brand-new lightened H-pattern control - characterised by the typical light alloy turret, a true gem of precision mechanics - with the mechanical self-locking differential, with the dashboard console and with the carbon tunnel.

The list of technical and performance upgrades wouldn't have been complete without a kit destined for the track, dedicated to drivers who want to take their 695 biposto to the limit: in the "track kit" are the Abarth Corse by Sabelt seats with visible carbon shell, the 4-point seat belts type-approved for sports use, the MXL2 digital data logger by Aim for continuously monitoring every single facet of the car's performance and the type-approved helmet with 695 biposto customisation.

There's also a clear racing inspiration behind some of the aesthetic solutions, like the bonnet with specific two-bump design, inspired by the classic 124 Abarth and made of aluminium, a homage to the cars of the past and a technical element to reduce the car's weight, available with the "124 special" kit together with the set of milled metal mechanical caps for water, oil and fuel.

Or the "carbon kit", which lends a supercar look to the vehicle as well as reducing its weight still further thanks to the carbon fibre pillar trims, rear view mirrors, dashboard trim and front and rear panels.

Engine and gearbox
The new Abarth 695 biposto guarantees exhilarating performance: with a weight of just 997 kg and the 1.4 T-Jet engine, brought to 190 HP for the first time on a road-going car, it's the car with the best weight-to-power ratio (5.2 kg/HP) and the best acceleration (0-100 km/h in 5.9") in the category, reaching a top speed of 230 km/h.

In particular, its 1.4-litre engine is the 1,368 cm3 turbocharged 4-cylinder 16v, the same which is used on the 695 Assetto Corsa for the Trofeo Abarth and on the Formula 4 single-seater.

On the 695 biposto, the engine delivers a maximum power of 190 HP at 5,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 250 Nm at 3,000 rpm.

The specific power is 139 HP/litre, an absolute record in this engine category, but the most surprising characteristic is the car's rapid response to input at the accelerator, the result of a great deal of tuning work on the intake, exhaust and turbocharger.

It's the first time that a "street legal" car is offered with a gearbox featuring dog rings with controls and disc and clutch self-locking differential derived from racing, making upwards gear changes so rapid that expert drivers don't need to use the clutch.

The driver interface is a genuine work of art: a turret made entirely of light alloy with H-configuration gear selection, guaranteeing a unique driving feel, just like that of a race car. This unique, exclusive feature, created from the high-performance racing car transmission expertise of Bacci Romano, is suited to expert drivers and offered as an alternative to the manual gearbox fitted as standard.

Technical partners: from track to road
Abarth's challenge was to find the perfect balance in the formula required to bring a car that guarantees the performance and feel of the track to the road, with the utmost safety: "distilling" the essence of Abarth through careful selection of high-performance materials, advanced technology and superior partners.

Everything in the Abarth 695 biposto speaks the language of racing, thanks in part to the collaboration of technical partners who share Abarth's passion for the challenge of racing and instinct for performance.

Their contribution to imagining, designing and creating the biposto was as significant as the challenge to overcome their own limits.

To guarantee power and maximum engine output, the dynamic aspiration filter casing with carbon finish was developed in collaboration with BMC, world leader in the sector of filters and air intake devices intended for racing.

With the same aim of guaranteeing the utmost engine performance and to guarantee the proverbial Abarth sound, the titanium exhaust system with active valve was produced in collaboration with Akrapovic, a company which produces competition exhaust systems for Moto GP, Superbike, Supersport, Supermotard, Motocross, Enduro and rally raid. Pressing the SPORT button on the dashboard completely opens the exhaust valve, contributing to improved performance and enhancing the car with a powerful, unmistakable sound.

Supercar performance matched by just as much reliability and safety thanks to the racing-derived Brembo braking system with front floating, ventilated and perforated discs (305x28 mm) and four-piston one-piece aluminium calipers (4×38 mm).

To allow more demanding drivers to find the right driving feel in all conditions, the car is equipped with shock absorbers with hydraulic and height adjustment by Extreme Shox, leading European provider of dynamic solutions for vehicles used from F1 to Rally, as well as "Le Mans series" and the WTCC.

In terms of its behaviour on the road, the "Ultra-light" rims are provided by OZ, a company that symbolises Italian manufacturing quality through the creation of excellent products for customising cars and bikes and can boast numerous international successes in F1, Rally, DTM and Indy car. It shares with Abarth Italian taste, racing tradition and certified quality.

A true "icon" of the racing world, the 695 is available with front fixed windows with Lexan sliding panels, created by Isoclima using the innovative material provided by Sabic.

Thanks to joint technical development, this content - so significant in terms of weight reduction - is available for the first time on a sports car type-approved for road use.

Another "world first" is the option of a gearbox with dog rings, developed in collaboration with Bacci Romano and teamed with a mechanical self-locking differential to guarantee maximum dynamic performance.

Available for real race lovers, who always want their performance under control, there's the MLX data logger by AIM Sport, world leader in data acquisition and display technology for motorsport and racing.

The light titanium anti-rollbar is produced by Poggipolini, a company that has been making special components to satisfy the desires of racing teams and drivers for years.

Sabelt's experience takes on the form of the racing seats with composite or carbon shell, as well as the 4-point seat belts type-approved for competition.

Sabelt also "clothes" many professional drivers, and could hardly fail to provide a sportswear line dedicated to 695 biposto drivers. Customers will be able to order FIA type-approved technical sports clothing: suit and gloves personalised with your name, racing shoes, helmet designed specially for the 695 biposto.

Mopar® - the reference brand for services, Customer Care, original spare parts and accessories of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - will offer a series of exclusive services for the Abarth 695 biposto powered by "Mopar Vehicle Protection". These services secure the utmost peace of mind to Abarth customers thanks to extensive coverage for mechanical components and dedicated servicing plans, in addition to an assistance and repair service provided by highly specialised technicians who use genuine parts exclusively.

Abarth 695 biposto customers can also rely on the assistance of "Abarth 24H Mobile", the mobile app available free of charge at the Apple Store and Google Play in 13 European countries and 5 languages (Italian, French, German, Spanish and English). Of particular note among the main services are: "Find a Dealership" so you can find the nearest Dealership or Workshop, "Owner Handbooks" so you have a summary your cars's handbook with you, "Roadside Assistance", essential for getting support in the case of need. The "Contact us" service allows you to reach Customer Service through the Universal Freephone Number or a contact form.

The spirit, the essence and the features of the Abarth 695 biposto animate the exciting brand extension dedicated to the new model. The projects focus on various areas, like the Capsule Collection for apparel, and the range of premium designer gadgets and collectables. More in detail, the racing spirit of the Abarth 695 biposto is the inspiration for the new clothing collection. Colours, materials and details are in perfect harmony with the car. The Capsule Collection for men and women is dedicated to enthusiasts who want to stand out and demand exclusivity. The goal is to transfer the distinctive contents of the 695 biposto to the entire Abarth brand extension concept to make each spin-off uniquely important and special. This is why we are creating a top-quality collection of designer items and merchandising. Carbon and aluminium are the materials of choice and the mechanical parts of the car inspire the mood.

The Abarth 695 biposto products are made in collaboration with Mopar and will be available at FCA and Abarth dealerships.