Like the wild MINI JCW GP, the 695 features just two seats and has been developed with pure driving thrills in mind.
Revealed 50 years to the day after the original 695 (above), the all-new model tips the scales at just 997kg, packs a 187bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre engine, a racebred gearbox that allows the driver to complete lighting fast clutchless upshifts and it will demolish the 0-62mph sprint in just 5.9 seconds. The top speed is capped at 143mph.
As you’d expect, the 695’s chassis has been upgraded to cope with this extra performance. Lowered springs and dampers, extreme track-focused tyres and more powerful brakes all feature. Yet it’s the Abarth’s looks inside and out that will grab the most attention.
Based on the already aggressive 595 version, the 695 boasts deeper front and rear bumpers, extended side skirts and lightweight alloy wheels. And to save weight further, clear polycarbonate is used for the side windows.
Inside, the 695 gets an all-new TFT display ahead of the driver, while a multi-function LCD screen sprouts out of the centre console. Other neat touches include the beautifully machined alloy gearlever with exposed linkages and a pair of figure hugging carbon race seats. Finally, the rear seats have been removed and replaced with a purposeful looking Titanium roll cage. A pair of massive Titanium pipes have sprouted from the rear diffuser - and the exhaust system is from motorbike specialists Akrapovic - one push of a button on the steering wheel activates a valve in the pipes to keep them at full volume at any speed, and if the standard car is anything to go by, then it should make one hell of a racket.
Prices have yet to be announced, but like the MINI JCW GP, it’s unlikely you’ll see much change from £40,000 when it hits showrooms later this year. However, this price also includes attendance to the Abarth Driving Academy.