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TMR Team | Jun, 07 2013 | 4 Comments

Fiat's latest hotted-up 500 special, the Abarth 695 Edizione Maserati, is now on sale in Australia - but to own one, you'll pay a pretty penny for the privilege.

Arriving as a limited-edition model - just 40 of the 499 performers will be offered locally - the special Fiat is priced at $60,000 plus on-roads.

That's a fat chunk of change, and considerably more than the regular 500C Abarth, priced at $38,990. So, what do you get for your money?

Some might say the unique Maserati styling is enough; after all, if you're a trident fan, you can't get into a genuine Maserati for less than $250,000 (again plus on-roads).

On that front, you get 17-inch Maserati-inspired Neptune alloys, Maserati's 'Pontevecchio Boreaux' paint and a whole assortment of unique Maserati touches in the cabin.

If performance remains your focus - and at this price point, it ought to at least be a consideration - there's a 1.4 litre turbocharged engine producing 132kW and 250Nm of torque.

That's 15kW and 45Nm better than the already special Abarth Esseesse, and right on par with the earlier 695 Tributo Ferrari.

Among the engine's tweaks are a fixed-vane Garrett 1446 turbo and a variable back-pressure dual mode exhaust system.

Fiat hasn't revealed acceleration figures for the special 500, but expect it to be significantly sharper than the 7.4 second 0-100km/h time of the Esseesse.

In 695 Tributo Ferrari form, Fiat says the little coupe will hit 100km/h in "under seven seconds". This new one ought to be just about identical in performance.

Other features include perforated Brembo brakes, measuring 305mm x 28mm at the front and 240 x 11mm at the rear.

There's also xenon headlights, automatic climate control, matte carbon highlights, sand beige leather seats and leather steering wheel, flocked UV-Lux inserts, JBL nine-speaker audio, Blue&Me TomTom navigation, aluminium accents and a Tramontano luggage set.

So, worth it? Perhaps you're already a Maserati owner and you need a runabout. Maybe you're looking for a car for the kid.

Whatever the case, this one is bound to be a collector's item in time.

 
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