Most luxurious 500C ever?
Fiat loves a tie-up with the other brands in its portfolio, especially if they are of a Supercar flavour. Last year launched the Abarth 500 695 Tributo Ferrari (TF) and now it’s the turn of Maserati.
Named the Abarth 500C 695 Maserati Edition, the new special edition model was shown for the first time in March at the Geneva Motor Show and will be limited to a production run of 499 units. The main difference to the TF is that this new model is based on the convertible 500C, so is more of a luxurious sporting GT take on the 500C instead of the road racer look of the TF.
Power comes from a 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16v engine that puts out 178 bhp and is mated with an automated manual Abarth Competizione gearbox which is operated by steering wheel paddles. It enables the model to accelerate from 0-62 mph in under 7 seconds before reaching a top speed of over 140 mph.
The exterior gets special three-layer Maserati Pontevecchio Bordeaux paint along with 17-inch alloy wheels in the style of the Maserati ‘Birdcage’ wheel available on the GranTurismo. Each model receives special Abarth 695 Maserati Edition graphics and serial number plates ranging from 1 to 499. The interior receives Maserati-sourced soft cream leather upholstery extending to the doors and steering wheel, while there is faux carbon fibre trim for the dash and centre console.
The Abarth 500C 695 Maserati Edition will start at £32,000, which may seem like a lot but we guarantee these will be snapped up in a matter of hours. Expect to see the first one on Bond Street as soon as they can fill it with fuel…