Abarth launches limited-edition 695 Biposto Record

The Record commemorates a speed record set by company founder Carlo Abarth.

Abarth has introduced a limited-edition version of the Fiat 500-based 695 Biposto called Record.

The Record commemorates the 50th anniversary of a speed record set by company founder Carlo Abarth in a 105-hp single-seater. Interestingly, 57-year old Abarth couldn't find a suitable driver in time for the event so he lost over 65 pounds in order to fit in the cabin and take the wheel himself.

The Record stands out from the regular Biposto thanks to a Modena yellow paint job borrowed from the Ferrari palette, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a sprinkling of edition-specific emblems. The cabin is spruced up with carbon bucket seats manufactured by Sabelt, four-point seat belts, a specific instrument cluster and a numbered plaque engraved with the car's serial number.

Power comes from a stock Biposto-sourced 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that uses a turbocharger to make 190 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 184 lb-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm. The turbo four sends the 2,200-pound 695 from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 143 mph. Brembo brakes all around keep the cavalry in check.

Abarth will build just 133 examples of the 695 Biposto. Pricing starts at £36,610, a sum that converts to over $55,000. At the time of writing Abarth isn't planning on selling its newest pocket rocket in the United States.

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