new abarth 500e is a feisty electric hot hatchback

2022 Abarth 500e

Sporting Italian marque Abarth has revealed its new 500e hot hatchback, with electric power for enhanced performance and lower emissions.

The Abarth is based on the battery-powered version of the Fiat 500 city car, but with a greater emphasis on speed and handling.

Abarth says the new electric 500 is one-second-a-lap faster around its Balocco test track than the outgoing, petrol-powered Abarth 695.

‘More Abarth than EVer

new abarth 500e is a feisty electric hot hatchback

The Abarth 500e uses the same 42kWh battery as the higher-spec Fiat, but increases output from the electric motor to 155hp. A healthy 173lb ft of torque aids acceleration, powering this pint-sized EV from 25mph to 37mph (40km/h to 60km/h) in only 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, adjusting performance and regenerative braking action. Both Turismo and Scorpion Street modes allow for one-pedal driving, helping to recharge the 500e’s batteries on the move.

The Abarth 500e offers 85kW fast-charging, allowing an 80 percent battery top-up in only 35 minutes.

Gasoline and guitars

new abarth 500e is a feisty electric hot hatchback

Abarth says the 500e is the first city car to be offered with an optional sound generator. This replicates the noise of a petrol-powered Abarth for those not ready to fully let go of the past.

There is also a ‘strumming guitar’ sound, made whenever the Abarth exceeds 12mph.

Compared to the Fiat 500e, the Abarth has a longer wheelbase and a wider track. Helping it stand out are a new front bumper, LED lights, a white front splitter and titanium grey mirror caps.

Like the Fiat version, the Abarth 500e will be offered in both hatchback and roll-top cabriolet body styles.

Scorpionissima to start

new abarth 500e is a feisty electric hot hatchback

A Scorpionissima special edition celebrates the Abarth 500e’s debut, with production limited to 1,949 units. Buyers can pick Poison Blue or searing Acid Green paintwork, 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-fit on these launch cars.

Prices for the Abarth 500e have yet to be confirmed, although members of the online Abarth community can place orders for the Scorpionissima version now.

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