The Abarth 595 is a quick car. With 145 HP in the base model going up to a staggering 190 HP in the 695 Biposto, it’s safe to say that the Abarth range from 595 to 695 is extremely quick for their size. However, a company called Giannini Automobili sees the standard 595 and 695 too tame for their liking.
So some people may be aking who are Giannini. Giannini are a tuning company who are based out of Rome in Italy. It was first founded as a garage in 1885, however by the 1920s, the company had become part of Itala’s service network. Itala were able to provide Giannini with all the skills that they required to win its class in the first edition of the Mille Miglia in 1927. The car used was an Itala Tipo 61.
It was in the 1930s however that Giannini began work on the Fiat 500 Topolino. The brand offered engine modifications to the car and they also changed brake arrangements. However, by the 1960s the brothers who had founded the brand disagreed on the future of the company. This was due to the financial woes that they had been experencing. Eventually the company split which led to the current company, Giannini Automobili S.p.A being formed. The brand would focus almost solely on tuning current Fiat and Abarth models, which led to some fantastic creations; such as the 590 GT of 1964 and the 700 / 4C. Both of these cars are, in my opinion, fantastic looking cars.
In the 1970s, the brand had expanded by making tuning kits for the 126, Ritmo and Panda. By the 1980s, Giannini had stopped making and customizing bodywork as much as they used to, and decided to concentrate on more luxurious upholstery, paintjobs and other equipment.
At the moment, Giannini make one car which is the 350 GP. However, the focus of this article is the limited edition 350 GP4. However, it isn’t as simple as a difference in drivetrain between the two. The GP had the same 1.7 litre engine from the Alfa Romeo 4C that sat behind the front seats. Unlike a standard Abarth, it drives the rear wheels, rather than the front. However, the GP4 is front engined. Other than that and the AWD setup, the engine is exactly the same as far as we can tell; producing the same 350 HP as the GP does. However, due to the engine moving back to the front of the car, the rear seats have now been reinstalled.
Now, we turn to the body, where a vast array of carbon fibre can be seen. The unique front splitter, side mirror caps, rear fenders and the side skirts are all made out of the lightweight material. A massive rear diffuser also gives the car a more aggressive look, just in case you didn’t think it was unique enough. The suspension has also seen a massive upgrade over the standard 595, with Ohlins shock absorbers that are visible through the vents in the bonnet.
This all sounds fantastic, a small car with a ton of power is something that we all love to see, due to the stupidly high power to weigh ratio. However this all comes at a hefty price. Whilst we have no information on the price of the GP4, we can only expect it to be more expensive than the GP, that starts at around £133,000. Expensive, especially considering the prices of the already good Alfa 4C and Abarth 595 on which it is based. However, this is something a bit different to those cars. Whilst you don’t exactly see a 4C on every street corner, it is certainly nowhere near as rare as a Giannini. So if you have the money and you want something truly unique that would be extremely good fun, I’d look no further.