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20th May, 2012

The Abarth 695 Maserati Edition, the new limited edition (499 vehicles) made its public debut on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the Mille Miglia (Italy), being displayed at Piazza della Loggia in Brescia amongst numerous automotive 'jewels' and various luxury cars of today.

Following the collaborative project three years ago with Ferrari and the release of the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari, this is one more project that confirms the authoritative presence of Abarth in the sporty segment, this time flanked by a brand whose history of sporting achievements is still recognised today. Karl Abarth and Alfieri Maserati: two legends, united by passion for mechanics and engines, who lent their names to two companies to manufacture cars marked by unmistakable performance.

Just as the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari is the utmost expression of Abarth's sporty character and "racing spirit", this new Limited Edition epitomises sheer elegance united to the comfort of a "GranTurismo", but with the handling of a car fit to take to the road every day.

The new Abarth 695 Maserati Edition is an exclusive convertible-like car based on the Fiat 500C which blends the aggression and sportiness of a high-performance car in the Abarth tradition. In keeping with Maserati's standards, this new Limited Edition is distinguished by handling sportiness, together with a great level of comfort and attention to materials and detail.

The new Abarth 695 Maserati Edition features exclusive style details and special technical features developed by Abarth engineers for Maserati. To start with, the 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16v engine boosted to 132 kW and teamed with the electrically operated manual Abarth Competizione gearbox with steering wheel controls, whichenhances the performanceof the engine with reducedgearshift times as well as guaranteeing an experience of superior comfort at the wheel.

Again to improve performance, especially acceleration, the car is fitted with performance tyres on 17" alloy wheels featuring a special Maserati-inspired "Neptune" design. The ride and braking system have also been strengthened to cope with the extra power: Brembo 305 mm brake discs that can be dismantled with grey fixed four-piston calliper, and special Koni shock absorbers that guarantee performance in complete safety.

Nor would it be complete without the variable back-pressure "dual mode" exhaust, designed to improve engine performance and deliver an inspiring sound above 3,000 rpm, with tailpipes which have been modified to assume the hexagonal shape which has always marked out Maserati cars.

The car's exterior features a body in Pontevecchio Bordeaux. This colour from Maserati is achieved with special three-layer paintwork which reflects light and accentuates the shine of the colour. The same paintwork is also to be found on the door mirrors. The electrically controlled soft top is made of grey fabric.

The new Abarth adopts Xenon headlights with dipped and driving light functions for improved light emission and excellent performance in all weather conditions. These devices deliver three times the light intensity and duration of standard halogen-lamp headlights.

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The customisation is just as complete on the inside. The interiors demonstrate both the attention to detail and the sportiness that characterise the two brands, starting with seats upholstered entirely in sand beige leather, with containment strips featuring single-layer padding, sporty but elegant and comfortable at the same time, and stylish details such as the number "695" heat-printed on the head restraint. The dashboard and gearbox trim are distinguished by a special matt-finish carbon lining, further enhanced with the 695 logo, while the door panels and rear panels undergo a special UV-LUX treatment, which lends the trims an elegant grey effect. The black leather steering wheel is characterised by beige leather inserts and tri-colour hub and houses the "steering wheel gearbox" controls, while the instrument panel has been specifically produced by the Jaeger brand. Other details enrich the interior, such as the aluminium pedal unit and sill plate, the carbon fibre kick plate with customised "Abarth 695 Maserati Edition" graphics and the plate with the car's series number from 1 to 499. Lastly, as proof of its touring vocation and to enhance the on-board experience, the Abarth 695 Maserati Edition comes as standard with a boosted JBL hi-fi audio system with 9 speakers and an 8-channel amplifier supplying 400 W of total power.

In accordance with the tradition of Abarth Limited Editions, the already extensive equipment of the Abarth 695 Maserati Edition is expanded through accessories and merchandising designed to enhance the experience of the brand both on board and outside the car, as dictated by the 'DNA' of Abarth and Maserati - more than just a car, a genuine philosophy of life. To take just one example, the Tramontano Tribute to Abarth Travel Pack, comprising two stylish anthracite leather travel bags.

The Next Car team doesn't expect the Abarth 695 Maserati Edition to be released in Australia.

Abarth 695 Maserati Edition Technical Specifications

Engine: 4 cylinder in-line, 4 valves per cylinder, 1,368 cc
Power: 132 kW (180 HP) at 5,500 rpm
Maximum torque: 250 Nm in sport mode at 3,000 rpm
Supercharger: Garrett 1446 turbo

Transmission: Abarth Competizione gearbox with 5 speeds, C510 gearbox family with 'paddles' on the steering wheel

Suspension -
Front Abarth Koni shock absorbers with FSD valve
Rear: Abarth Koni shock absorbers with FSD valve
Lowered ride.

Steering: Electric power steering with "sport mode"

Brakes: Floating, perforated and self-ventilating front brakes 305 mm 28 mm, perforated rear brakes 264 mm 22 mm

TTC - Torque Transfer Control

Wheels: Neptune Design 717" alloy wheels with 205/40 R17" tyres

Emissions: Euro 5 EEC-F5 Standard
CO2 EMISSIONS 151 g/km

Fuel consumption -
Urban consumption (l/100 km): 8.4
Combined consumption (l/100 km): 6.5
Extra-urban consumption (l/100 km): 5.4

Performance -
Maximum speed: 225 km/h (estimated) where legal
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 7 seconds (approximately)


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