Today, August 26th, is National Dog Day. All the major news outlets are likely running a feature on this pseudo celebratory day, but since we’re a car publication, we’re going to spend it talking about the Abarth 695 Biposto and its available dog ring gearbox.
The Abarth 695 Biposto comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission identical to that found in the regular 595 Abarth, however for an additional £8,500 ($11,100 USD) you can equip an exposed linkage dog-ring gearbox that nicely compliments the 695 Biposto’s raw nature.
A dog ring gearbox, commonly used in racecars, does not feature synchromesh gears and instead uses large ‘dog‘ teeth to engage the gear. Fast shifting is required to properly operate a dog ring gearbox and the driver must pay close attention to the engine speed, as it shifts best at certain RPMs.
A dog ring gearbox is difficult to use pretty much any time you aren’t going fast, which makes it a rare option on a road car. So rare, in fact, that the 695 Biposto is the only road legal production car that has one. If you equip your Biposto with it, along with the optional carbon fiber interior trim and racing package, you could be looking at a £48,000 ($63,000 USD) car.
It might be an expensive option, but it’s probably a ton of fun to use and the exposed linkage is enough to make any gearhead weak in the knees. You can see it in action in the video below. Oh, and on’t worry, you can thank us later for sharing such an interesting bit of dog info on this National Dog Day.