Fiat’s huge recreational 500 Abarth has left the American market after the 2019 model year, but the great hot hatch across the pond is alive and well. It recently created a limited-edition model called the 695 Tributo 131 Rally that honors Fiat’s past success in the assembly scene.
It’s all named: Tributo 131 Rally is a tribute to 131 Abarth, who won the World Rally Championship (WRC) in 1977, 1978 and 1980 and was driven by a highly respected pilot like Walter Röhrl. The coupe was loosely associated with regular-production 131, which was briefly sold in the United States as Brava. It is one of the most iconic rally cars, and it last ran 40 years ago.
While it’s not as unreasonably eye-catching as some of Abarth’s earlier limited-edition models, the 695 Tributo 131 Rally is easy to spot in a parking lot. It gets Blue Rally Paint, Scorpion Black Accent, an adjustable rear spoiler and 17-inch wheels. You will be able to hear it, thanks to a record manja sovaraposto extraction system. The boxy silhouette of the 131 will appear on the decals added to both doors.
The black-and-white treatment continues inside, where the Abarth also adds an aluminum-look shift knob for sablet seat, Alcantara upholstery on the dashboard, carbon fiber accents on the steering wheel and a six-speed manual transmission. The 131-shaped logo is found on the front seatback and passenger side of the dashboard. Abarth notes that this is its first car with so-called Easter eggs.
Power comes from a 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It is the same basic engine that powered the 500 Ebert when it was sold here, but in this application it has an output of 180 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It takes 6.7 seconds, according to the firm, to hit 60 miles per hour from a stop, and the hatchback continues to accelerate until it reaches 140 miles per hour. If you’re more on winding roads, Abarth has added Koni FSD shock absorbers on both axes for sharper handling. A braking system provided by Brembo controls the power.
Only 695 units of the Abarth 695 Tributo 131 Rally will be available worldwide, and it goes without saying that no one will travel to the United States. Prices in the United Kingdom start at £ 32,325, a figure that represents around $ 39,900 at current conversion rates.