Tuesday, 24 June 2014

NEWS - Abarth 695 biposto ready for Goodwood

Fresh from its starring role at the Gumball 3000 rally, the Abarth 695 biposto is ready for a new challenge: the demanding Goodwood Hillclimb. Nearly two kilometres of road from the southern corner of the Goodwood Estate, turning in front of Goodwood House towards the Goodwood racecourse. A highly technical and spectacular route which, with a climb (between the beginning and the end) of almost 100 metres, puts the technical characteristics of all participating cars to the test.

The Goodwood hill is definitely the ideal stage for showing off the power and the style of the Abarth 695 biposto. This little pocket rocket packs some serious punch; its 190PS 1.4 T-jet engine is the most powerful ever installed in a road-going Abarth. Couple this to a weight of just 997 kg, and you get some serious power-to-weight ratio of 190 PS-per-tonne (the best in its category), and the acceleration from 0-62mph in just 5.9 seconds, putting it right up there with the big boys.

This is also the first car to offer a H-pattern gears with 'dog' engagement rings which have been developed and approved for road use. Not only does this create a special sort of noise, but it adds to the overall driving experience.

The biposto perfectly encapsulates Abarth’s spirit: racing performance with the versatility of a road-going car, as demonstrated during Gumball, where it led the way on the road and on the English Dunsfold Park circuit, famous for broadcasts of Top Gear, and the French D’Albi circuit, always with ‘Small Supercar’ performance.

At just four months from launch, the Abarth 695 biposto is already an icon as far as all Abarth fans are concerned, thanks to the support of the best partners, like Selenia, Akrapovic for the exhaust system, Extreme Shox for the adjustable shock absorbers and MXL for the digital data logger. And there’s more: the 4-point Abarth Corsa by Sabelt seats, the Brembo braking system, the lightened 18-inch OZ rims and the rear titanium anti-roll bar by Poggipolini.

The 2014 Abarth range (500, 595, 695 biposto) can be ordered in all European dealerships.

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