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Abarth 695 Biposto launches in Australia

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

More: Abarth 695 Biposto Review

 

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