The Abarth 131 Rally, the vehicle which captured the imagination of an entire generation of car enthusiasts, can be seen once again on roads around the world with a new look. On the fortieth anniversary of its last race, the Scorpion brand is paying homage to it with the Abarth 695 Tributo 131 Rally special series. This limited edition will be available in just 695 units throughout the globe.
The latest version of this top-of-the-range model is a tribute to Abarth’s racing history. In fact, competitions have always been part of its DNA and, thanks to the technological “transfer”, the most innovative solutions – tested on the track to increase performance and reliability – are adopted on normal production cars, ensuring an adrenaline-filled driving experience. Therefore, the new Abarth special edition is an authentic concentration of technology under the banner of the brand’s founding values: Performance and Style.
The Abarth 695 Tributo 131 Rally is equipped with a powerful 1.4-liter T-jet engine that supplies 180 horsepower and 250 Nm (184 ft.-lb.) of torque at 3,000 rpm with a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph) and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in just 6.7 seconds. The same sportiness applies to the Koni FSD shock absorbers on both axles and the powerful braking system which features red, front 4-piston Brembo calipers, and 305-mm front and 240-mm rear ventilated discs. This allows one to quickly accelerate and effectively brake, which is a must for an enjoyable, sporty drive.
The 695 Tributo 131 Rally also features Black 17-inch aluminum wheels with a diamond-cut finish and a “Record Monza Sovrapposto” exhaust system—an evolution of the Record Monza system. The “Spoiler ad Assetto Variable” (Variable Trim Spoiler), which can be adjustable to 12 positions, with an incline from 0° to 60°, improves cornering stability and provides greater reactivity on mixed roads. For example, at a 60° angle and a speed of 200 km/h (124 mph), the aerodynamic load increases up to 42 kg (92.5 lbs).
The Abarth 695 Tributo 131 Rally has a unique and refined look, with specific references to its historical predecessor, such as the new bi-color three-layer Gloss Blue Rally livery, which reinterprets its original color in a contemporary key.
The Abarth 695 Tributo 131 Rally is the first Scorpion vehicle that contains “Easter Eggs”—tiny stylistic “gems” that the designers hide to surprise customers—like the silhouette of the 131 Rally engraved on the lower part of the car door, on the Alcantara dashboard and on the headrests of the new seats.
Specifically dedicated to this special series, the livery is embellished with a roof and uprights in black Scorpion Black. The same blue can be found on the mirror caps and some details in the interiors. Blue Rally and Record Grey monochromatic liveries are also available.
Inside, the sporty characterization 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.
All of this helps remind us of the legendary history of the Abarth 131 Rally, which debuted in 1976 in Group 4. Its enviable track record includes six years in the World Rally Championship (1976-1981) and victories at 18 International Rallies, three World Constructors’ Champions (1977, 1978, and 1980), and two FIA Cup for Rally Drivers titles with Markku Alén and a World Drivers’ Champions with Walter Röhrl.
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