Abarth 695 Biposto Record 1.4 T-jet 190hp

Price (from): £36,665

I have owned an Abarth 595 for around two years and, as it started to show its age a tad, I bought the newest version.

To be honest I really don’t want to buy anything else as the little Abarth suits me just fine and I also believe it to be one of the best small cars money can buy.

When Fiat offered me a test in the special edition 695 Biposto Record, I thought it would be a track-focused car that’s brilliant and nothing like my standard Abarth.

However, this limited run of just 133 seems just as much fun to drive as my standard Abarth.

Power and Efficiency: The little 695 is powered by a 1.4 T-Jet engine that has 190hp. Top speed comes in around 143mph and a 0 to 62mph time of 5.9 seconds. Plus, a large amount of torque, 250Nm of it actually.

Fuel consumption is the best and most pleasing part here. On a combined cycle it returned around 45mpg, just sipping away, saving you money.

On the road: I will keep it simple here. The 695 is the perfect car to scoot about in, thanks to front and rear suspension with hydraulic adjustment and racing springs.

Design and Technology: With a modena yellow exterior colour with anthracite trim and an exclusive ‘695 Record Badge’, the Abarth has a range of exterior technology: front suspension with hydraulic height-adjustment with racing engine springs by Extreme Shox, rear suspension with hydraulic adjustment with racing springs by Extreme Shox, four-piston aluminium fixed brake calipers by Brembo,  mechanical slip differential, self-ventilated over-sized 305x28mm perforated front brake discs, 240×11 mm perforated rear brake discs, high performance front brake pads, lightened 18-inch alloy wheels with 215/35 (18-inch) tyres by O.Z,  rear bumper with carbon fibre-spoiler, an over-sized roof spoiler, front intercooler with racing configuration, oval trumpet air box by BMC, dual-stage exhaust with twin titanium tailpipes by Akrapovic.

Inside there’s 695 Biposto record badge with unique serial number, leather and alcantara sports seats with carbon shell by Sabelt, sporty aluminium pedal kit with titanium finish, seven-inch TFT colour display instrument panel with 695 record logo animation, leather steering wheel, internal rear titanium three-bar roll cage by Poggipolini, light-weight racing front and rear door panels.

To sum up: If you remember the good old days of a proper Mini and want to rekindle the art of having fun while driving, then pop down to your local Abarth dealer and order a 695. I promise you that you will not be disappointed, unless they are all sold out.