Abarth's latest pocket rocket takes inspiration from the world of motorcycles.
Debuting today at the 2016 EICMA show in Italy, the brand new XSR900 limited edition is the first motorcycle to be born following a joint effort between Abarth and Yamaha. To celebrate the bike’s official launch, Abarth has decided to unveil a one-off concept based on its hardcore 695C model, but with a special finish to create a connection with its two-wheeled counterpart.
Much like the XSR900, the Abarth 695 Tributo XSR wears a predominately grey livery with red accents, while the lightweight Akrapovic exhaust system is also another feature the two have in common. As a final touch, the car has received an “XSR” logo on the tailgate to further create a bond with the Yamaha motorcycle of which only 695 units will ever be made.
Technical details are not available at the moment of writing, other than the fact the little machine has received an assortment of unspecified carbon fiber parts to shave weight for a car that’s already extremely light.
A follow-up to last year’s 595-based Yamaha Factory Racing Edition, the concept uses the same turbocharged 1.4-liter gasoline engine available across the entire Abarth 500 range with multiple outputs. In its highest state of tune, the four-cylinder unit delivers 190 horsepower (140 kilowatts) and 250 Newton-meters (184 pound-feet) of torque delivered to the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox in the 695 Biposto Record special edition. That’s enough punch to enable the pocket rocket complete the sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in as little as 5.9 seconds continue to accelerate onto a respectable top speed of 143 mph (230 kph).
As a reminder, there have been other Tributo-badged models based on the Abarth 695 in the past few years. Notable examples would have to include the 2010 Tributo Ferrari and the more recent 2012 Tributo Maserati, with the latter being based on the convertible body style much like this concept.