Friday, 24 February 2012
Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati
Fiat-owned performance brand Abarth is to launch a special-edition model based on luxury supercar brand Maserati.
The Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati is a tricked-out version of the Fiat 500 which layers in Abarth performance touches and an admittedly-impressive Maserati veneer.
Somewhat reminiscent of the Aston-Martin Cygnet, the Tributo Maserati is a convertible model finished in a color exclusive to Maserati, Pontevecchio Bordeaux.
In collaboration with Maserati, Abarth engineers uprated the 16V 1.4-liter turbo engine, giving it an output of 180hp to the special electronic gearbox, which Abarth says offers reduced gearshift times.
A set of new 17-inch tires featuring the Maserati ‘Neptun’ design and the distinctive hexagonal exhaust pipes found on Maserati cars such as the GranTurismo or Quattroporte complete the model.
Abarth says that it will only produce 499 of the 695 Tributo Maserati, which will be launched at the Geneva Motor Show (March 8-18).