Few vehicles could be more frivolous, even if you have the requisite deep pockets, than either the Abarth 695 Maserati Edition or Abarth 695 Ferrari Tributo. But we’ve just tested one of them – the 2015 Abarth 695 Biposto.
We’ve driven both the Abarth special editions extensively, as well as the more mundane Abarth 595. It’s not mundane in isolation, but it certainly is once you’ve driven the Biposto. No one needs an Abarth 695 – that’s the first point to make. To assume that’s why you’d buy one is to completely miss the point. You buy one of these almost comically ridiculous, modified Fiats because you want one – and because you can.
Abarth has a long history of fettling previously utilitarian Fiats and turning them into pocket-sized weapons. Even Abarth’s stylised scorpion emblem signifies a sting in the tail, a small beast capable of inflicting damage far beyond it’s diminutive size.
The company’s motto focuses on engine performance, power to weight ratios, agility and road holding, and a sports-worthy exhaust note. All these factors are evident in the Abarth 695 Biposto. In this instance though, Abarth has also focused on testing the sanity of potential buyers with the price.