The new Abarth 695 70th Anniversario special edition celebrates 70 years since Abarth & C. was founded by Carlo Abarth.

Only 1949 units will be produced, equipped with a new Spoiler ad Assetto Variabile — an active rear wing that delivers improved grip and stability at high speeds.

It’s manually adjustable, just like in races of old where it was not uncommon to see pit mechanics adjust the spoiler to allow the driver to change the set-up of the car according to the track.

It can be adjusted in 12 different positions between 0 and 60 degrees, with the maximum setting providing up to 42kg of downforce at a speed of 200km/h.

The new “Spoiler ad Assetto Variabile” is a tribute to the founder’s performance focus, which went beyond the quest for pure power, top speed and acceleration, focusing on the search and development of innovative technical solutions.

Outside, the new Abarth 695 70th Anniversario features some iconic style cues from the past and present, including new Monza 1958 green livery, a tribute to the colour of the first 500 Abarth that set six international records at Monza.

Campovolo grey details, including the Spoiler ad Assetto Variabile, body kit, front and rear dams and mirror caps, scorpion decals on the bonnet and the chequered sticker on the roof complete the look.

The 17-inch SuperSport alloy wheels and red Brembo brake calipers are also standard.

The Brembo brakes are fitted with four-piston aluminium calipers and 305mm discs at the front and 240mm discs at the rear, both self-ventilated.

The Record Monza exhaust, limited slip differential and Xenon headlights all feature as standard.

Five exterior colours are available, including the exclusive new Monza 1958 green, Circuit Grey, Gara White, Scorpione Black and Podium Blue.

The glorious racing past of the brand is also referenced by the badges on the body in heritage font, featuring the vintage Scorpion emblem.

Inside, the Abarth 695 70th Anniversario features exclusive “Sabelt Tricolore” seats, developed specifically for this special edition.

Each of the 1949 units will have a numbered plaque, making the 695 70th Anniversario an authentic collectable.

The new 695 70th Anniversario is equipped with the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine which delivers 134kW and 250Nm of torque at 3000rpm, with a top speed of 224km/h — with spoiler set to the zero degree position.

It can accelerate from 0 to 60km/h in just 6.7 seconds.

A 7.0-inch Uconnect HD system with the DAB digital radio and navigation system, including Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto is  standard.

The infotainment system has a high-definition screen and Abarth Telemetry, with an integrated application created to measure performance.

Completing the standard equipment are automatic climate control, daytime running lights, LED fog lights and specific mats.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.