Italy’s pint-sized hot hatch is celebrating a big birthday with a super limited edition.

    The 2020 Abarth 695 70° Anniversario celebrates the company’s 70th anniversary – Abarth was founded in 1949 – with just 40 examples bound for Australia out of the global production run of 1949 units.

    Based on the Abarth 595 Competizione, the 70° Anniversario edition boasts a range of specific features and appointments, headlined by the ‘Spoiler ad Assestto Variabile’, a manually-adjustable rear spoiler allowing for 12 different positions to “refine vehicle performance, achieve aerodynamic optimisation and improve stability at high speeds”.

    Other highlights include:

    • Monza exhaust
    • Exclusive Monza 1958 green livery
    • Scorpion bonnet decals
    • 17-inch SuperSport alloy wheels
    • Bright red Brembo calipers
    • Exclusive Sabelt Tricolore seats
    • 70° Anniversario numbered interior badging
    • 70° Anniversario exterior badging
    • Limited Slip differential (Manual only)

    Carryover equipment from the 595 Competizione includes a 7.0-inch Uconnect touchscreen with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic climate control, automatic xenon headlights, LED fog lights and rain-sensing wipers.

    Power comes from the familiar 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine used throughout the Abarth line-up, developing 134kW and 250Nm (@3000rpm) in this specification. Abarth doesn’t quote a 0-100km/h time but does claim the 695 70° Anniversario will hit a top speed of 225km/h.

    The Abarth 695 70° Anniversario will be available in five colours, including the exclusive Monza 1958 Green pictured here.

    Both five-speed manual and five-speed ‘Dualogic’ automated manual transmissions will be offered, both priced from $44,950 plus on-road costs.

    The Abarth 695 70° Anniversario is on sale now.

    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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