The Abarth version of the old (but still, confusingly, new) Fiat 500 is a properly charming little box of Italian flair and raspy exhaust noise, but nobody’s denying that it’s really getting on a bit. Fiat’s in-house tuning outfit has been knocking out hot 500s since 2008, with basically no changes to the car’s fundamentals.
We know it’s not much longer for this world, however, with its electric successor, the Abarth 500e, already being sold alongside it. Clearly, Abarth isn’t ready to stop shouting about the fizzy little petrol version just yet, though, with the latest in a long succession of limited editions celebrating both its engine and a significant anniversary for Abarth.
Dubbed the 695 75º Anniversario (read: 75th Anniversary), just 1,368 of these feisty little streetfighters will be sold. That figure isn’t a reference to how many special edition Abarths there have already been, but the capacity, in cc, of the 1.4-litre turbocharged four-pot that’s powered the car since day one.
Obviously, the car also celebrates the 75th birthday of the Abarth name, which came into being on 31 March 1949 as a maker of aftermarket parts for, and entire sports cars based on, Fiats (among other manufacturers).
Unsurprisingly, most of the changes are visual: similar to 2021’s Scorpioneoro edition, the 75º Anniversario comes exclusively in black with a host of gold details. Most notably, there’s a big gold Abarth scorpion picked out as part of the crosshatch pattern on the roof, gold 17-inch wheels and those retro-tastic gold Abarth stripes down the side. Continuing the engine theme, the rear flanks feature a special logo consisting of a pair of pistons.
Inside, you get a pair of carbon Sabelt bucket seats featuring a 75º Anniversario logo and a dashboard trimmed in racy black Alcantara. All the interior tech, including the seven-inch display with CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, is carried over from the standard car.
Mechanically, too, it’s identical to a standard top-of-the-range 695. That means Koni shocks on all four corners, 305x28mm Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers on the front, and as standard, the rorty Record Monza exhaust system. The engine produces 178bhp and 184lb ft of torque, for a top speed of 140mph and a 0-62 time of 6.7 seconds.
UK allocation or pricing is yet to be revealed - we’d reckon on somewhere in the low three figures for the former and somewhere just south of £30k for the latter, but we’ll keep you updated as soon as we know.