Abarth 500e revealed as hotted up EV

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Say hello to the all-new Abarth 500e – an all-electric performance city car based on the Fiat 500.

Abarth has produced sporty versions of the baby Fiat for years, and it appears that the new all-electric model is no exception. Here’s what you need to know.

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Abarth 500e fast facts

  • Based on same platform as Fiat 500e
  • Power upped from 115hp to more than 150hp
  • Gets from 0—62mph in seven seconds
  • More aggressive styling with Abarth’s usual design cues
  • Convertible set to be offered

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Abarth 500e styling

On the outside, the Abarth spices up the design of the 500e, with more aggressive, wider bumpers than the standard Fiat. The wheel arches are wider, while extra side skirts and some Abarth-specific 18in alloy wheels gives it a sporty edge.

The eagle-eyed will also notice that the iconic Abarth scorpion badge has been redesigned for the new EV. Size-wise, as you’d expect the Abarth is pretty much identical to the Fiat, which should make it a doddle to drive around town.

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Abarth 500e interior and tech

Inside, things will be very familiar to Fiat drivers. It gets the same 7in digital driver display as the standard 500, as well as the 10.25in touchscreen infotainment system. Standard kit also includes wireless charging, automatic climate control, heated front seats and a JBL sound system.

Trim is much sportier than the standard car, with Alcantara covering the dashboard fascia, matching the steering wheel and sports seats. The chunky steering wheel is also unique to the Abarth, and features that revised Scorpion logo.

In Scorpionissima spec, the Abarth 500e gets a host of clever safety tech too, including traffic sign recognition, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, cruise control and blind spot warning.

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Abarth 500e drivetrain

While the Abarth utilises the same battery as the Fiat, the 42kWh drivetrain has been designed to offer a much sportier and immersive driving experience over the standard 500e. For starters, there are three drive modes to choose from: Turismo, Scorpion Street and Scorpion Track.

The different mode offer varying levels of regeneration and throttle response. A big pull of the Abarth has always been its burbling soundtrack, which for obvious reasons posed design issues for an EV.

Abarth has gotten around this by fitting it with a sound generator that is capable of digitally synthesising various levels of performance. In fact the company claims that it can faithfully reproduce the sound of an Abarth petrol engine should you wish.

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Abarth 500e release date

The Abarth 500e is set to arrive in the UK by mid 2023. No exact date has been given, and no list prices are confirmed yet. We think it’ll get list prices of between £33,000 and £38,000 when it eventually arrives next year.

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