The Abarth 695 offers drivers great fun and thrills behind the wheel. It helps that the little pocket rocket has impressive handling and acceleration to make it a great car.
Under the bonnet of the Abarth 695 is a turbocharged 1.4 litre petrol engine that comes from the Abarth racing version and it produces an impressive 187 bhp and torque of 250Nm. When coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox, the little car will sprint from 0 to 62 mph in less than six seconds and has a top speed of 143 mph. Its economy is around 38 mpg when driven around town but obviously will be less on the track and it has emissions of 145g/km. There's an option to add the racing gearbox which is an exposed and impressive piece of engineering with a very quick shift to help deliver the necessary power and enjoyment.
The Abarth 695 is being called 'the world's smallest supercar' by its maker and once behind the wheel, the driver will see why. The seats have four point harnesses which are needed when the turbocharger kicks in to help boost performance; the two exhausts have an excellent tone. The engine note sounds great even at low speeds and gives the impression of a car willing to do more.
As hinted at previously, the 695 is a great car for track days and there's a wealth of excellent options to help make this a really special vehicle; the options aren’t cheap but for many people will be worth it and there are some options specifically for boosting its track abilities. It should also be noted that there's not much the way of standard equipment since the Abarth 695 has a lot of its interior taken out to help the car become lighter and perform better; there's also a roll cage that is fitted should drivers put the car through its paces.
Indeed, the Abarth 695 is not just about racing in a straight line, it's an excellent car on bends and winding roads where the steering gives good feedback and the handling is nimble and agile. Part of that is down to the 18-inch wheels which have a wider track to boost grip and confidence. It must be said that the Abarth 695 is a great performer for those who want a small car to deliver pace and excitement.
Why not have a look at the 695 on the official Abarth UK company website and get the latest news about the 695 in the UK at The UK Abarth Owners' club. You may also like to see what they're saying about the 695 on the Top Gear website.
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