I’ve had a feeling the world was going slightly and slowly mad for a little while now and then this morning whilst browsing my RSS car news feeds I realised that overnight the handbrake was entirely removed and the pedal smashed to the floor propelling us all head first overnight into utter lunacy.Welcome then everyone to the future - the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari hatchback, and yours for a snippet under £30K.Before I depart too much into a rant it’s only fair I tell you what you’ll get for your £30K, after all £30K is a lot of money to spend on say, just a hatchback.Well the first thing you’ll notice is the Ferrari-inspired exterior and carbon door mirrors as well as Corsa Grey alloy wheels and intake vents, snazzy. The engine is the same 1.4 Turbo that’s in the Fiat 500 1.4 Turbo, which it’s based on, but tuned to produce 180bhp – and that’ll take you to 62mph from standing in 7 seconds, so quick and snazzy.Inside the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari, which admittedly is a rather cool name for any car, you’ll get a paddleshift, leather bucket sports seats and aluminium pedals and the car has an electro-hydraulic Abarth Competizione gearbox with both manual and auto modes.Well, it’s a bargain then isn't it?Well no, in my opinion it isn’t. Despite the fact that only 152 right hand drive models will arrive to the UK making the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari a limited edition it costs just under £30K which I’ll now repeat but in a slightly different way, £30,000, and yes, that’s four zero’s after that three.
You know I really should have seen this coming after the Aston Martin Cygnet - a re-worked Toyota iQ which costs pretty much bang on £30K. Around 4,000 Cygnets are to be made each year and only sold to current Aston Martin owners which is just as well when you consider that it also costs £30K and a Toyota iQ costs around £10K.I’d like to say at this point that I’ve been a little unfair on both of these cars, I haven’t after all driven either, but to me it looks very much like two supercar manufacturers sticking their names to existing, and already cool, cars and charging £30K for them. In fact that’s exactly what it is. Isn’t it?Andrew BeattieHead of ContentFollow us on Twitter: