After the Abarth 695 70° Anniversario, the scorpion brand has returned with the 695 Esseesse — offering improved acceleration and handling. Unlike the number of ‘s’ and ‘e’ letters in its name, the production is limited to 1,390 units.
There’s a new “dual-hunched” aluminium bonnet that is claimed to weigh 25% less compared to a steel bonnet. This new bonnet and the Akrapovič titanium exhaust system are claimed to cut down the car’s overall weight by 10 kg (22 lbs) compared to the 595 Competizione.
Visually, the 695 Esseesse looks fairly understated compared to the 695 70° Anniversario. Of the total 1,390 units, 695 units will be available in Scorpion black and the remaining 695 in Campovolo grey. Both paints are complemented by white decals on the side and 17-inch white alloy wheels with red centre caps. The Brembo brake calipers are painted in red. Rounding off the exterior looks are two large tailpipes. As in the 70° Anniversario, the roof spoiler is adjustable between 0° to 60°.
Inside, the dashboard features Alcantara with 695 Esseesse branding, while the steering wheel and gear lever feature carbon fibre accents. The Sabelt seats with red contrast stitching also feature the 695 Esseesse branding in addition to ‘one of 695’ wording.
As for the juicy bits, the 1.4-litre (1,368 cc) 4-cylinder T-Jet turbocharged petrol engine pumps out the same 132 kW (180 metric hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque as in the 695 70° Anniversario. The engine is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The official performance figures are identical too: a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph); the latter is with the spoiler set to 0°. Koni FSD shock absorbers round off the 695 Esseesse.