The brutal little Abarth 695 Biposto has touched down in Australia, becoming the first production car in the country that can be equipped with a race-spec dog-ring gearbox.
Billed as “the world’s smallest supercar”, the 695 Biposto is effectively a road-going version of the Asseto Corse racecar, and is the fastest street-legal Abarth ever produced.
The Abarth 695 Biposto’s $65,000 plus on-road costs starting price is four times that of the regular Fiat 500 on which it’s based, though the enhancements are significant and the exclusivity unrivalled.
Fiat Chrysler Australia says it has “put its hand up” for just 14 of the hardcore pocket rockets, the majority of which are tipped to be optioned with the unique dog-ring gearbox.
A $15,000 option, the Dog Ring kit adds the gearbox, a light flywheel and a copper racing clutch, along with an Ergal gearbox lever, a carbonfibre central tunnel console and a carbonfibre handbrake cover with a titanium handle.
The dog-ring gearbox works like a normal manual transmission in everyday traffic, but allows drivers to perform super-quick upshifts without using the clutch.
Without the optional transmission, the 695 Biposto come standard with a regular five-speed manual.
Whichever gearbox customers select, it is paired with a 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 140kW at 5500rpm and 250Nm at 3000rpm, and transfers drive to the front wheels.
With a dry weight of just 997 kilograms, the Abarth 695 Biposto accelerates from 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds, making it 1.5 seconds quicker than the $39,500 Abarth 595 Competizione. Top speed of the Biposto is 230km/h.
Abarth joined forces with a number of big-name companies to create the 695 Biposto. The car’s track-spec intercooler and oval trumpet airbox are designed by BMC, the dual-stage exhaust with titanium tailpipes is from Akrapovic, its lightened 18-inch wheels from OZ, its height-adjustable suspension from Extreme Shox, its titanium rear roll bar was supplied by Poggipolini, its four-point seatbelts by Sabelt, and its optional data logging system is from MLX.
In addition to the Dog Ring kit, Abarth is offering another three customisation kits and Lexan/polycarbonate sliding windows, which, if all optioned together, take the 695 Biposto’s price to an eye-watering $108,000.
Abarth 695 Biposto standard equipment:
Front intercooler with racing layout
Oval trumpet airbox by BMC
Leather and Alcantara sport seats by Sabelt with backrest shell
Brembo braking system with four-piston aluminium calipers with oversized discs
Hydraulic shock absorbers with racing springs by Extreme Shox
Dual-stage exhaust with twin titanium tailpipes by Akrapovic
Lightened 18-inch alloy wheels with 215/35 tyres by OZ
Side skirts with carbonfibre flaps
New body kit with increased wheel track
Rear bumper with aerodynamic carbonfibre diffusor
Front bumper with carbonfibre spoiler
Oversized roof spoiler
Grey Performance matt body colour
Internal rear titanium three-bar roll cage by Poggipolini
Aluminium sport pedals kit with titanium finish
Aluminium driver and passenger side floor lining
Racing front door panels
Ventilation system with variable fan settings and heating function (air conditioning unavailable)
Abarth 695 Biposto optional equipment:
124 Speciale kit ($5000)
Aluminium bonnet with specific design
Titanium water/oil/fuel caps
Racing windows ($7000)
Lexan/polycarbonate sliding windows
Carbon kit ($9000)
Carbonfibre dashboard fascia
Carbonfibre front panel
Carbonfibre rear panel
Carbonfibre side mirror cups
Carbonfibre window trimmings
Track kit ($7000)
Aim racing dashboard
Four-point Sabelt seatbelt
Specific Sabelt seats with carbonfibre shell
Dog Ring kit ($15,000)
Specific dog-ring gearbox
Light flywheel & copper racing clutch
Ergal gearbox lever
Carbonfibre central tunnel console
Carbonfibre handbrake cover with titanium handle