Abarth and Maserati create the stylish and sporty Abarth 695 Edizione Maserati
Abarth 695 Edizione Maserati is the new Maserati convertible limited edition designed for those who love the great performance and want to meet the challenges of everyday driving a car refined elegance.
Abarth’s passion meets elegance, creating a car with a sporty Maserati exclusive expression of Italian excellence. These very special cars are a Limited Edition and there will be very few brought into the UK in RHD – if you are interested in owning one of these most exquisite and collectable Italian convertible sports cars then please contact your nearest Abarth dealer here or visit the Abarth Specialities website.
The new limited edition Abarth 695 Maserati Edition will go on sale in the UK at the end of this year. A set of stunning Tramontano leather luggage is among the exclusive convertible’s long list of standard equipment.
Just 499 of the 180bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged superminis will be produced. It follows the hugely successful Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari project of three years ago – but this time the collaboration with a sporting legend has resulted in a limited edition epitomising the elegance and comfort of a Gran Turismo with the handling of a car fit to take on the road every day.
The Abarth 695 Maserati Edition (Edizione Maserati) features exclusive style details and special technical features developed by Abarth engineers for Maserati. The 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16v engine is linked to an electrically-operated manual Abarth Competizione gearbox with steering wheel controls, while performance tyres on 17-inch Maserati-inspired Neptune design alloy wheels also improve acceleration.
The chassis has also been engineered to cope with the extra power. Front brakes feature Brembo monobloc callipers with floating 305mm discs while special Koni shock absorbers guarantee high performance in complete safety. A variable back-pressure ‘dual mode’ exhaust improves engine performance and delivers an inspiring sound above 3,000 rpm.
The car is finished in Pontevecchio Bordeaux – a colour from Maserati which is achieved with special three-layer paintwork to reflect light and accentuate its shine. The same paintwork is added to the door mirrors while the electrically controlled soft top is made of grey fabric.
Inside, the seats are upholstered in sand beige leather, with a 695 logo embossed on the headrests. 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, to give an elegant grey ‘flocking’ effect.
The black leather steering wheel is characterised by beige leather inserts and tricolour hub and houses the steering wheel gearbox controls, while the instrument panel has been specifically produced by the Jaeger brand. Other details include the aluminium pedal unit and sill plates, the carbon fibre kick plate with customised Abarth 695 Maserati Edition graphics, and a plate with the car’s series number from 1 to 499.
1.4 16v Turbo 180hp Tjet
Maximum torque 250 Nm sport mode at 3500 g / min
0-100 km / h in 6.95 seconds
Change “Abarth Competition” 5-speed
Maserati is an Italian car manufacturer established on December 1, 1914, in Bologna, and is, like Abarth, famous for it’s motor racing history along with producing some of the most desirable cars in the world. It has been owned by Fiat since 1993.
The Maserati brothers, Alfieri, Bindo and Ernesto built 2-litre Grand Prix cars for Diatto. In 1926, Diatto suspended the production of race cars, leading to the creation of the first Maserati and the founding of the Maserati marque. One of the first Maseratis, driven by Alfieri, won the 1926 Targa Florio. In 1937, the Maserati brothers sold their shares in the company to the Adolfo Orsi family, who relocated the company to Modena in 1940 where it remains to this day. Racing successes continued against the giants of the German Auto Union and Mercedes racing cars. In 1939 and 1940 a Maserati 8CTF won the Indianapolis 500, the only Italian manufacturer ever to do so.
After the war the focus returned to racing with the famous Argentinian driver Juan-Manuel Fangio racing for Maserati in the 1950s and winning the world championship in 1957 in the Maserati 250F. Other racing projects in the 1950s were the 200S, 300S, 350S, and 450S followed in 1961 by the famous Tipo 61 Birdcage Maserati – so named due to it’s spaceframe construction.
Maserati retired from racing after the Guidizzolo tragedy during the 1957 Mille Miglia but continued to build racing cars for privateers – including Stirling Moss. After 1957 Maserati turned to road car production – building the 3500 2+2 coupé, the Vignale-bodied Sebring, the Mistral Coupé and the company’s first four-door, the Quattroporte, in 1963.
Other notable models included the Maserati Bora, Maserati Merak, Maserati Khamsin and Maserati Biturbo. 1993 saw the company acquired by Fiat and Maserati became part of the ‘Fiat Group’ alongside Abarth, Ferrari and Alfa Romeo.
Maserati recovered it’s market position as the manufacturer of luxury performance sports and supersports cars including the Maserati MC12 road supersports and GT racing car and the Quattroporte luxury sports saloon. The company also re-entered the racing arena with their Trofeo and the Maserati MC12 which was developed for the world FIA GT championship, winning the teams championship three times in 2005, 2006 and 2007.