The scorpion brand has just presented in society the Abarth 695 Tributo 131 Rallyquite a whim that pays homage to the legendary Abarth 131 Rally now that 40 years have passed since he played his last official race.
This limited edition only 695 units worldwide It is dressed in the same “Rally Blue” color as its predecessor, incorporates unique design details both on the outside and inside as ‘Easter eggs’ and has under the hood a 1.4 T-Jet engine of 180 HP and 250 Nm of torque at 3000 rpm.
With extra vitamins and loaded with ‘Easter Eggs’
As its name suggests, the latest version of this top of the range of the Fiat sports firm -and therefore, from Stellantis- is a very special tribute to the own the history of Abarth in competition, in which the 131 Rally has a very special niche.
For many, the legendary sedan that debuted at the Group 4 of the 1976 season and was in operation until 1982, it is one of the most beautiful cars in the history of rallying and remains in the memory of a whole generation of sports car enthusiasts.
The imposing and sculptural Abarth 131 also treasures a rich record that includes 18 victories in international rallies, three Constructors’ World Championships (1977, 1978 and 1980), two FIA Cups with Markku Alen and a Drivers’ World Championship with the incredible Walter Röhlr at the controls.
History weighs heavily, and that is why for Abarth this tribute “is an exercise in responsibility”.
Thus, the small but vitaminized Abarth 695 Tribute 131 Rally includes aesthetic references to its historical predecessor specific features, such as the new three-layer bright two-tone “Rally Blue” bodywork, which reinterprets its original color in a contemporary key. This same color can be found in the mirror shells and in some interior details.
In contrast, the bodywork is adorned with a roof and uprights in “Black Scorpion” color, although units with the monochrome “Rally Blue” and “Record Gray” bodies will also be available.
Likewise, Abarth 695 Tribute 131 Rally includes “Easter Eggs” or small curiosities and/or stylistic nods that designers hide to surprise customers both outside and inside.
Example of this is the silhouette of the 131 Rally engraved on the bottom of the car door, on the Alcantara dashboard or on the headrests of the new seats.
In the passenger compartment, the sporty character is confirmed by the Sabelt fabric seats with blue inserts and stitching inspired by those of the historic car, but reinterpreted in a modern key.
Lowered the hood, the Abarth 695 Tributo 131 Rally carries a motor 1.4 T-Jet of 180 CV and 250 Nm of par a 3000 rpm with which it is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and reaching a top speed of 225 km/h.
For optimal performance and handling, this little whim is equipped with Koni FSD shock absorbers on both axles and a specific braking system with 4-piston aluminum Brembo calipers at the front with 305mm and 240mm ventilated discs at the rear.
The set is completed by the 17″ black tire rims with a diamond finish and the “Record Monza Sovrapposto” exhaust system, an evolution of the Record Monza system, now with four vertically superimposed terminals.
For its part, the striking “Variable trim spoiler” (which can be adjusted in 12 positions, with an inclination from 0° to 60°), seeks to improve cornering stability and provides a faster response.
According to Abarth “in the position of maximum inclination, the rear axle receives a downforce of 42 kg when driving at 200 km/h”.
At the moment, Abarth has not revealed the starting price of this special tribute, but judging by how limited its circulation will be and the number of trinkets it equips, it is not expected to be cheap.