Sporty Italian brand Abarth has revealed its new 500e hot hatch, equipped with electric power for improved performance and lower emissions.
The Abarth is based on a battery-powered version of the Fiat 500 city car, but with a greater emphasis on speed and handling.
Abarth said the new electric 500 was a lap faster than the outgoing gasoline-powered Abarth 695 at its Balocco test track.
‘More Abbate than ever‘
The Abarth 500e uses the same 42kWh battery as the higher-spec Fiat, but boosts the electric motor’s output to 155hp. A healthy 173 lb-ft of torque aids acceleration, taking this little EV from 25 mph to 37 mph (40 km/h to 60 km/h) in just 1.5 seconds.
When it comes to the benchmark 0-62mph sprint, the Abarth 500e takes exactly 7.0 seconds.
Turismo, Scorpion Street and Scorpion Track driving modes are available, tuning performance and regenerative braking action. Both Turismo and Scorpion Street modes allow for one-pedal driving, helping to charge the 500e’s battery on the move.
The Abarth 500e offers 85kW fast charging, which can charge 80 percent of the battery in just 35 minutes.
gasoline and guitar
Abarth says the 500e is the first city car to feature the optional squeaker. For those who aren’t ready to fully shed the past, this replicates the noise of a gasoline-powered Abarth.
Whenever the Abarth exceeds 12mph, it makes a “strum guitar” sound.
The Abarth has a longer wheelbase and a wider track than the Fiat 500e. Helping it stand out is a new front bumper, LED lights, a white front splitter and titanium gray mirror caps.
Like the Fiat version, the Abarth 500e will be offered in hatchback and convertible body styles.
The Scorpionissima special edition celebrates the debut of the Abarth 500e and is limited to 1,949 units. Buyers can choose between poison blue or searing acid green paint, with contrasting side graphics and a set of 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels.
Alcantara sports seats, a fixed glass roof on hatchback models, tinted windows, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen are all standard on these launch vehicles.
Pricing for the Abarth 500e has yet to be confirmed, but members of the online Abarth community can now order the Scorpionissima version.
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