Announcement: Fiat has produced a car with a Maserati edition. This post may make you want run to the closest Fiat dealer and buy an awesome 2012 Abarth 695 Maserati Edition. However, it is only related to Maserati by having special 17 inch Neptune design wheels from Maserati. They do look splendid on the already crazy Fiat 500 Abarth. The car is painted in a lovely Pontevecchio Bordeaux, with a plush tan leather interior. Also, there is a special Jaeger instrument cluster (usually reserved for cars well over six figures), special matte-finish carbon fiber trim. Plus, brushed aluminum pedals add an elegantly sporty touch to the interior.
Where it matters (to me), the already-powerful turbocharged 1.4 liter engine has been tuned to produce 180 horsepower and sends the power to the ground via an Abarth Competizione 5-speed manual with an extremely rare automatic clutch and steering wheel-mounted shifters. To keep the car flatter in corners, upgraded Koni shocks have been added. Bigger binders have been added: The standard Brembo brakes have gotten bigger. Another cool fact to know is a variable backpressure dual-mode exhaust gives the car a distinct note above 3000 rpm.
If you want one of these cars, you’d better cross your fingers if you live in the U.S. – 499 out of 695 units will be built and sold in Europe. Most of the U.S. cars have already been spoken for. Oh, and the Abarth 695 Maserati Edition is a convertible. Even better for that occasional stoplight race…VROOOOOOM!