The Fiat Group is once again upping the customization game for its Abarth brand with the launch of the new “Fuori Serie” programme.
The Italian company added that from now on, only models of the Fuore Series will get the 178Hp (180PS) power tuning and feature the exclusive 695 brand.
To help customers in their selections, Abarth has created two collections, one for the liveries and exterior colors, and the other for special materials and trim levels, such as carbon finishes, dedicated personalization plates and technology accessories like the Harman’s JBL audio system.
To give us an idea of what clients of the brand can achieve through this new program, Abarth will showcase a 695 (the aforementioned 178Hp version of the 500 mini) dressed in a livery inspired by the Fiat Abarth 131 Mirafiori “Olio Fiat” rally car of the late 1970s.
Abarth added the current collection of exterior liveries is inspired “by the cars that have written the brand’s history” such as the Fiat 750 Record, 124 Sanremo and X19 prototype, and that they have been reinterpreted with new materials and finishes.
Whereas the Ferrari inspired model is based on the tin-top Abarth 500, the Maserati-flavored variant is offered exclusively in convertible form, though the term is somewhat misleading as the open-top model features a canvas top that rolls back but keeps the roof rails intact – something like a huge sunroof.
The inspiration for Abarth’s 695 Tributo Maserati comes from the GranTurismo with the Italian automaker trying to apply some the latter’s sporty attributes and stylish elements to its city car.
Powering the special edition model is a 1.4-liter Turbo T-Jet 16v petrol engine boosted to 180-horsepower that’s coupled to an automated five-speed manual transmission fitted with steering wheel controls.
Abarth says it has beefed up the braking system with 305 mm Brembo discs squeezed by four-piston calipers while the up-rated suspension comes with new shock absorbers.