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.
Gallery: Abarth Tributo XSR concept
To celebrate the presentation of the new Yamaha XSR 900 Abarth - the first motorbike created through the collaboration between two of the world's most dynamic motoring brands - Abarth has developed a new XSR prototype. The Tributo XSR is a concept car with grey livery and red finishing, in typical Yamaha XSR style. It boasts various carbon fibre components, highlighting affinities with the motorbike's front fairing, front mudguard and bumper, and seat cover.
The concept car and the Yamaha XSR 900 Abarth also share the use of Akrapovic ultralight exhausts, a component developed in the racing sector which boosts the personality, sonority and performance of both vehicles. The XSR logo on the tailgate seals the links between the two brands.
Performance, craftsmanship and technical upgrading have always been the Abarth brand's outstanding traits. The partnership with the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team during the FIM MotoGP World Championship is based on the sharing of these precise values, and Abarth has supplied the GP team with various special vehicles as part of the ongoing relationship between the two brands. Last year, for example, the collaboration with the Official Yamaha team led to the creation of the "Yamaha Factory Racing Edition" 695 two-seater special series, with specific blue and white body and 190 HP engine.
Abarth's typical attitude to performance does not concern only concept cars and special series editions. This is demonstrated by 2016's two major novelties: the new Abarth 124 spider and the new 595.