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.
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.
- Interested in buying ABARTH 695? Visit our ABARTH 695 showroom for more information.