While the Abarth might not yet be a household name in Australia, Fiat’s performance partner is bound to be bringing more Italian fun our roads with the all new Abarth 500e.
With two models, the 500e and 500e Turismo, and two variants – hatchback and cabrio – these pint sized electric vehicles with improved weight distribution, instant torque and a wider wheel base pack a lot of punch into a small package.
Plus this is the only hot hatch in the sector to offer the Sound Generator to reproduce the legendary sound of the Abarth engine with all the EV zip.
The sporty character is certified by the new Abarth lettering in dark titanium Grey placed above the front grille. And it’s not “just a signature”, but confirmation of a union of performance and innovation, fun and sustainability. Together with the glare of “eyebrows” above the headlights and the grille, it gives the car a look that tells you this little pocket rocket mean business.
A new electrified Scorpion signature logo on the side of the car, next to the door, warns drivers that they are entering a new electric world.
The 17″ alloy wheels with a new dedicated design also give the new Abarth an even more aggressive look, together with the exclusive and sporty lines of the lateral skirt, the cool white front DAM, the rear diffuser inserts and the new Matt Grey mirror caps.
Inside, the dark ambience of the pillars and headliner, the unmissable sporty seats “tuned” with the “scorpion stripes” embossed on fabric, and the sporty double stitching and steering wheel wrapped in black vinyl make the driving environment uniquely sporty.
In front of the driver there are 2 big screens: a wide 10.25” touch screen infotainment system and a 7” TFT cluster with dedicated Abarth graphics with Performance Pages designed for the new electric Abarth and allow customers to keep track of their performance.
The New Abarth 500e comes with a specific sound which reproduces a rock guitar tone inside the cabin every time the car is turned on or off. And even the AVAS gets a specific “Abarth jingle”, a recognizable sound for Abarth’s fans, that reflects the unconventional soul inherent to the Scorpion‘s cars.
Abarth’s signature “roar” accompanies every trip with the 500e Turismo, thanks to the Abarth Sound Generator . This is a standard feature on the “Turismo” which highlights the engine performance, faithfully reproducing the sound of an Abarth petrol engine inspired by the famous Record Monza exhaust. Designed to offer all the emotions that every Abarthist and sportscar enthusiast seeks when driving an Abarth by perfectly combining performance and sound, this innovative sound system enhances the Abarth driving experience.
Combining performance, electric power, style and a new powerful sound, the new Scorpion turns advanced technology into adrenaline, and sustainability into performance. Thanks to its electric architecture, in fact, along with improved weight distribution, instant torque, and a wider wheelbase, the New Abarth 500e is faster than its petrol version and more exciting in both urban and suburban driving, ensuring the best performance.
It is 1 second faster in the urban pickup, which means 50% faster acceleration from 20 to 40 km/h than its gasoline-powered counterpart. Outside of city driving, for example on hairpin bends, from 40 to 60 km/h it can reach the target speed in just 1.5 seconds—much faster than its petrol version, which lags behind by 15 meters, reaching 60 km/h a second later.
On the open road, it performs overtaking manoeuvres faster than its petrol version, reaching a speed of 100 km/h (starting from 60km/h) when its petrol counterpart is still driving at 91 km/h, with a difference of approximately 1 second.
The New Abarth 500e offers great handling and driving dynamics, with a quicker response, better corner entry, and a higher cornering and exit speed. In short, it is more Abarth than ever.
Equipped with a 42-kWh battery coupled with a powerful e-motor, it combines the performance of the Scorpion with the innovation of electric mobility. It features best-in-class acceleration, and, simultaneously, ensures zero emissions. In the end, the New Abarth 500e is “exciting and fast” precisely in those conditions where you can really have fun.
With a battery range up to 265 km, it supports fast charging of up to 85kw in direct current (DC).
It takes less than 5 minutes to build up a sufficient energy reserve for daily mileage requirements (around 40 km), which is less than the time it takes to choose your next destination. When in a hurry, the fast charge reaches 80% of the range in only 35 minutes to quickly go back to racing on the streets.
Keep an eye out for this Italian job – we can’t wait to get behind the wheel and have a little Abarth fun!
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