Back in 1965, Abarth founder, Carlo Abarth, set some 1,000cc class records in a specially-built car at Monza. To mark the 50th anniversary of the event, Abarth has released a limited-run Record edition of the 695 Biposto.
To recap, the Abarth 695 Biposto is a tuned-up, stripped-out, two-seater track day special, in the mould of the Renaultsport Megane Trophy-R. Power comes from a 1.4-litre turbo engine, producing 188bhp and 184lb/ft of torque. Stripped of much of the interior and with various lightweight materials used, the Biposto weighs in at just 997kg.
0-62mph passes in 5.9secs, with a top speed of 143mph. Best of all, it has a proper, mechanical limited-slip differential, making the handling hilariously pointy.
Even so, the Biposto is an extremely niche choice in the track-focused hot hatch market. And the Record edition is even nichier still.
Just 133 will be built, reflecting the number of speed record Abarth holds, only a small number of which will be available the UK. All in bright Modena Yellow, with grey trim and enamelled ‘695 Record’ badges.
18in OZ alloy, big Bremo brakes, a throaty Akrapovic exhaust, Sabelt carbonfibre seats, four-point harnesses, a cargo net and a numbered plaque all come as standard.
At this point, we have to deal with the small matter of price. Actually, not so small. The price is gigantic. For the Biposto Record costs £36,610. That’s more than every other hot hatch on the market. It’s more, even, than the aforementioned Megane Trophy-R cost. And only three grand shy of a Porsche Boxster or Cayman.
In other words, this car makes absolutely no rational sense. But it doesn’t have to. There are plenty of Abarth fanatics out there who love the cars for their terrier-like personality and some of them will be more than happy to stump for the Record edition. Heart ruling head.
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By Only Motors