Abarth launched its first totally electrical mannequin that’s based mostly on the Fiat 500e that includes a lot of performance-focused upgrades. The Abarth 500e wears a definite bodykit, mixed with a sportier chassis setup, a extra highly effective electrical motor, new driving modes, and a “Sound Generator” making it roar like a petrol-powered Abarth.
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Beginning with the powertrain upgrades, the only electrical motor produces 153 hp (113,7 kW / 155 PS) and 235 Nm (173 lb-ft) of torque within the Abarth 500e, which represents a rise of 36 hp (26.7 kW / 37 PS) and 15 Nm (11 lb-ft) in comparison with the Fiat 500e. Because of the ability enhance, the new hatch accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 7 seconds, which is a full 2 seconds faster than the Fiat.
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The EV scorching hatch has 10 hp (7.3 kW / 10 PS) lower than the ICE-powered 2023 Abarth 595 which is able to keep on for one final 12 months earlier than being discontinued. Regardless of the small distinction in energy, Abarth describes the 500e as “quicker and extra thrilling in each city and suburban driving” in comparison with its ICE-powered counterparts because of the “improved weight distribution, higher torque, and wider wheelbase”.
Apparently, the press launch didn’t point out something in regards to the chassis upgrades over the Fiat 500e, that are anticipated to incorporate stiffer suspension and faster steering. Nonetheless, the automaker revealed that the EV is over one second faster across the Misto Alfa Dealing with Observe at Balocco than the Abarth 695 flagship which hints at the same track-focused setup.
The motive force of the Abarth 500e has entry to a few selectable driving modes. The Turismo reduces energy to 134 hp (100 kW / 136 PS) and torque to 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) in favor of effectivity. The Scorpion Avenue provides entry to full efficiency whereas maximizing regenerative braking, whereas the Scorpion Observe is for max assault mode on the expense of the obtainable vary.
Talking of vary, the Abarth 500e retains the 42 kWh battery of its Fiat sibling however advantages from a brand new 85 kW quick charging system. This may add round 40 km (25 miles) of vary in lower than 5 minutes, whereas a 0-80% cost is accomplished in 35 minutes. Abarth didn’t present us with the vary determine, however it’s secure to imagine it will likely be decrease than the 321 km (199 miles) of the Fiat 500e.
Abarth just isn’t a fan of silent EVs so it gave its new mannequin distinct sounds. To begin with, the Nino Rota melody of the Fiat 500e has been changed with a “strumming guitar” sound that performs the primary time you go over 20 km/h (12 mph). Then, there’s the non-obligatory “Sound Generator” system, replicating the roar of an Abarth petrol engine. Fortunately, there’s an on/off change for this somewhat controversial function which some Abarth followers will love and others will discover embarrassing.
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Visually, essentially the most placing change to the Abarth 500e in comparison with the standard Fiat is the redesigned face. It retains the grille-less look however options Abarth lettering and a deeper bumper with sporty-looking fake intakes. Transferring on to the aspect, the placing Acid Inexperienced shade, the distinctive 18-inch alloy wheels, the Abarth graphics, and the aspect skirts be sure you gained’t mistake this for a Fiat. On the again, adjustments are restricted to the diffuser insert because of the absence of exhaust pipes.
Notice that the Abarth 500e is obtainable in each three-door hatchback and two-door cabrio bodystyle flavors, with the latter gaining an built-in rear spoiler because the hatch already had one. For the launch of the Abarth 500e, the corporate introduced the Scorpionissima version which is proscribed to 1,949 models honoring the founding 12 months of the corporate.
The Scorpionissima is completely obtainable in both Acid Inexperienced or Poison Blue exterior shade, mixed with the usual 18-inch Diamond-Reduce Titanium Gray alloy wheels, a set glass roof, and privateness glass on the again. Inside, it comes with Alcantara upholstery for the dashboard and the sporty bucket seats, Titanium Gray inserts, Acid Inexperienced Scorpion badges, and metal pedals. Moreover, the usual 10.25-inch touchscreen for the Uconnect infotainment and the digital instrument cluster achieve new “Efficiency Pages” graphics which might be distinctive to the Abarth.
The Abarth 500e Scorpionissima Version is obtainable for on-line pre-bookings – completely for the Abarth neighborhood members through the first month. Abarth didn’t give particular dates however we count on the primary deliveries of the 500e in 2023. The EV can be initially supplied in Europe however the firm plans on exporting it to different markets together with Japan and Brazil. It’s not clear whether or not the pocket rocket will make it to North America, following the introduction of the US-spec Fiat 500e that has been confirmed for 2024.