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New limited-edition Abarth 695 Esseesse hot hatchback launched

This is the new Abarth 695 Esseesse. It’s a limited-edition model of the Italian brand’s compact very hot hatchback which, thanks to some lightweight panels and some excess aero, is now the speediest product in the company’s line-up.

Generation will be limited to just 1,390 illustrations, with 695 units coming in Scorpion black and 695 in Campovolo grey. Price ranges are still to be verified but, like the 695 seventieth Anniversario, we’re expecting it to value in extra of £30,000.

Tweaks include things like white 17-inch alloys, uprated Koni FSD shock absorbers, red Brembo brake calipers and special white detailing for the front splitter and rear diffuser. There is also an Akrapovic exhaust process and a new aluminium bonnet, which preserve 10kg over the typical Abarth 595 Competizione.

The Abarth 695 Esseesse also options the exact same manually adjustable tailgate spoiler we to start with noticed on the 695 seventieth Anniversario. Potential buyers can alter the wing’s angle of attack from zero to sixty levels, with the most intense location offering an excess 42kg of downforce.

It’s powered by a turbocharged 1.4-litre 4-cylinder petrol motor, which develops 178bhp and 250Nm of torque. Many thanks to the wright reduction the motor vehicle will dash from -62mph in six.7 seconds and arrive at a leading pace of 140mph with the wing angle established to zero levels. Every instance will also arrive with a 5-pace handbook gearbox.

Abarth’s special styling touches go on within with a pair of Sabelt bucket seats, with embroidered “one of 695” monograms on the headrests. The gear knob has also been swapped for a carbon fibre substitute, while the dashboard is trimmed in Alcantara and options a laser-reduce “695 Esseesse” badge on the passenger aspect.

Abarth says the new 695 Esseesse was influenced by the 1964 product of the exact same identify, which was equipped with a offer of tuning pieces developed by Carlo Abarth. Like its hottest grandchild, it was also a limited-edition product, with just 1,000 illustrations created.

The traditional 695 Esseesse had a marginally bigger displacement motor than the typical Fiat 500, at 690cc. It generated 37bhp and permitted the dinky town motor vehicle to hit a leading pace of 87mph. Straight-line pace was hardly ever the concentrate for the primary 695, however. As an alternative, the updates were being developed to make the motor vehicle extra entertaining to drive (and extra usable) on daily roads.

Together with the peppier motor, the primary showcased flared arches, wider wheels, dedicated badges and an motor go over which was forever set open up to present excess cooling.

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