The road-going version of the Asseto Corse race car, which conquered Bathurst last year, is now available to purchase in Australia. The Abarth 695 Biposto will go on sale from an eye-watering $65,000 plus on-road costs.
This hardcore race car for the road will be available on a pre-order basis from Fiat dealers immediately. With Biposto meaning two seater in Italian, the 695 isn’t as practical as the regular four-seat Abarth models.
It is available exclusively in the matte grey finish you see here, and Fiat Australia says only 10 are earmarked for Australia.
The Abarth 695 Biposto is the first street-legal production car available with a race-stye, H-pattern dog-ring gearbox – but ticking that option box will cost you an extra $15,000. Abarth says the dog-ring box makes upshifts so rapid, that expert drivers won’t need to bother with the clutch pedal. Some well-heeled buyers will tick the box for the beautifully manufactured exposed gate mechanism alone.
The Abarth 695 Biposto is powered by a 1.4-litre T-Jet engine that generates 140kW and 250Nm and this is the fastest street-legal Abarth ever produced, and the standard transmission is a five-speed manual.Weighing just 997 kilograms, it offers an impressive power to weight ratio of 5.2kg per horsepower and a 0-100km/h time of 5.9 seconds. Top speed is 230km/h. Fuel consumption is listed at 6.5L/100km.
The standard 695 Abarth Biposto is equipped with a race-ready mechanical setup including a front-mount intercooler, dual-stage Akrapovic tuned exhaust system, adjustable Extreme Shox shock absorbers, Brembo brakes and lightweight 18-inch Oz Racing alloy wheels fitted with 215/35/R18 tyres. There’s also a lightweight titanium roll bar by Poggipollini.
The Abarth 695 Biposto comes standard with up to the minute safety kit including ABS, ESP, TTC (Torque Transfer Control) and the aforementioned track-derived Brembo braking system with front floating ventilated and perforated discs, and four piston one-piece calipers.
Abarth 695 Biposto Option Packages (Indicative Pricing)
The ‘Special Kit 124’ ($5000) brings together all the resistant and light materials that enhance the Abarth’s exterior. Tick this box and you get an aluminium bonnet with specific, twin bulge design as well as wheel centre caps, wheel bolts, water, oil and fuel caps made from titanium.
The ‘Carbon Kit’ ($9000), allows you to give the Abarth 695 Biposto the look of a supercar, according to the Italian company – carbonfibre is added to the mirror and post covers on the outside, while the same material covers the dashboard fascia, front door panels and rear-view mirror inside the car.
The ‘Track Kit’ ($7000) has been created for those buyers with racing in their blood and an eye firmly on weekend track work. The accessories within the track kit are derived directly from the world of racing. There’s a digital data logger and four-point Sabelt racing harnesses and racing seats with a carbonfibre shell. The feeling of being in a race car continues with the inclusion of a racing suit, shoes, gloves and helmet of an Abarth factory driver along with the opportunity to personalise them with your initials.
The dog-ring gearbox costs $15,000.