Spoiler alert: it manually adjusts to 12 positions.
Abarth has already revealed a slew of special-edition models based on the 500 and 124 to celebrate the Italian performance car maker's 70th anniversary, but this is the most hardcore special-edition model yet. Unveiled in Milan as part of Abarth's birthday celebrations and based on the hardcore 695 version of the 500, the Abarth 695 70° Anniversario is limited to just 1,949 examples as a nod to the year the company was founded.
Helping the special-edition hatchback stand out is a comically large, motorsport-inspired rear spoiler that was tested in a wind tunnel. Dubbed by Abarth as the "Spoiler ad Assetto Variabile", the spoiler can be manually adjusted to 12 positions with an inclination angle from 0 to 60 degrees. In the maximum inclination position, the spoiler increases the aerodynamic load by up to 92.6 pounds at a speed of 124 mph, resulting in improved driving dynamics and stability, especially on fast mixed grip courses. A Record Monza active exhaust with quad tips also enhances the engine sound.
Visually, the Abarth 695 70° Anniversario sports a Monza 1958 green livery as a tribute to the color of the first 500 Abarth that set six international records at Monza that year with Campovolo grey accents applied to the spoiler, body kit, and mirror caps. The same color is also used for the Scorpion stickers on the hood and the chequered sticker on the roof.
As standard, the special-edition Abarth rides on 17-inch alloy wheels housing red Brembo brake calipers, 12-inch front brake discs and 9.4-inch rear discs. Inside, the sporty theme continues with exclusive "Sabelt Tricolore" seats developed specifically for the special edition model. Each model also has a numbered plate highlighting its exclusivity. Power is provided by a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine delivering 180 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, enabling the hot hatch to hit 0-62 mph in 6.7 seconds and top out at 140 mph with the spoiler in its most horizontal position.
Abarth hasn't confirmed US availability of the 695 70° Anniversario, but it will likely be forbidden fruit over here since none of the other 70th anniversary special editions have been sold Stateside and the Fiat 500 is being discontinued.