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Mike Stevens | Oct 10, 2011

Fiat Australia has secured a second shipment of the top-shelf Fiat 500 Abarth Ferrari 695 Tributo for Australia. The news follows a sellout performance from the hot hatch earlier this year - despite its $70,000 price tag.

Now, another 45 are on their from way Italy - five more than the first shipment - and Australian Fiat distributor Ateco is expecting more of the same.

“We were blown away by the demand (of the first batch), with Australian dealers selling out within hours. There was only one thing we could do: Get on the phone and plead for more cars for Australia," Abarth Australia General Manager Andrei Zaitzev said.

A collaborative project between Fiat's Abarth division and Ferrari's engineers, the Tributo Ferrari features mechanical and styling updates, over and above its Abarth 500 Esseesse progenitor.

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Powered by an Abarth- and Ferrari-tuned 1.4 litre 16-valve turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari produces 132kW - up from 99kW for the regular Abarth Fiat 500.

Mated to a paddle-shift automated manual transmission and a variable exhaust system, the engine also delivers a hefty 250Nm of torque.

Fiat says the 695 Tributo will hit 100km/h in "under" seven seconds, and fuel consumption is listed at 6.5 l/100km.

Each corner is filled out with dark gloss grey 17-inch alloy wheels attached to sport-tuned suspension and 284mm Brembo brake discs.

The 695 Tributo is available in four Ferrari-inspired colours, including Modena Yellow and the iconic Scuderia Red.

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