Fiat Unveils Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati
2012 Geneva Auto Show
2012 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Fiat says its latest limited edition of the Cinquecento "represents the bond between Abarth and Maserati."
- The special Abarth model follows the earlier 695 Tributo Ferrari.
- The Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati is a convertible that combines engine and chassis upgrades with a luxurious interior.
GENEVA — Yet another limited-edition model based on the Fiat 500 is being unveiled at the upcoming 2012 Geneva Auto Show. The Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati, which will be produced in a brief run of 499 cars, "represents the bond between Abarth and Maserati," according to Fiat, which owns both brands.
The 695 Tributo Maserati follows the earlier Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari, which debuted at the 2009 Frankfurt show.
The Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati is a convertible that combines engine and chassis upgrades with a luxurious interior.
Like the 695 Tributo Ferrari, the 695 Tributo Maserati gets an Abarth-modified 1.4 Turbo T-Jet four-cylinder engine tuned to produce 180 horsepower and mated to an Abarth Competizione electromechanical gearbox with paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel.
The 695 Tributo Maserati also gets similar performance enhancements, including oversize Brembo brakes, stiffer shocks, 17-inch alloy Maserati Neptun wrapped in low-profile tires and a Record Monza dual-mode exhaust system with variable backpressure.
The cockpit is trimmed in Poltrona Frau beige leather and features an uprated audio system, Jaeger instruments, black leather steering wheel, aluminum pedals and a carbon-fiber kickplate with Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati graphics.
The convertible is finished in Pontevecchio Bordeaux with a power-operated gray fabric top.
Edmunds.com says: This isn't likely to mean much in the U.S., but for Italian customers there might be a soft spot for this kind of thing.