Abarth goes electric as 500e hot hatch debuts

Abarth has unveiled its 1st all-electrical design, the 500e, which is a performance-increased edition of the Fiat 500 Electric powered that generates 155hp and a -62mph dash time of 7 seconds.

This long-awaited electrified hot hatch can make use of the exact same 42kWh battery as the Fiat it is based on, but the introduction of a more highly effective electric motor and other technical updates signifies that the Abarth provides 38hp additional than the Fiat 500 Electric, and is all-around two seconds quicker in a -62mph sprint also.

The combustion-run 695 incredibly hot hatch, currently the selection-topping design in the Abarth line-up, is however a portion of a 2nd more rapidly to 62 mph, but this new electrical very hot hatch is more quickly off the line. The 500e can speed up from 12mph to 25mph in one particular 2nd, two times as rapid as nearly anything in Abarth’s current giving.

Abarth has also manufactured the 500e two centimetres more time and six centimetres broader than the Fiat 500 Electric powered, to enhance dealing with effectiveness in high pace corners, and comes with 3 driving modes. The standard ‘Turismo’ method is the least taxing, as it limitations the car’s electricity to 100kW to maximise battery performance.

The ‘Scorpion Street’ and ‘Scorpion Track’ modes prioritise efficiency by upping the car’s ability to 113kW, nevertheless the distinction concerning the two is not specifically crystal clear as of nonetheless. Each modes allow for just one-pedal driving – the auto will decelerate when the accelerator is lifted, and the sizzling hatch utilizes regenerative braking to give further electrical power for the drivetrain.

Properly informed that this will be the very first product in its 73-year background to appear without having a petrol-driven soundtrack, Abarth has offered the 500e an artificial engine soundtrack that can be read in the cabin. This can be switched off even though at the driver’s discretion, for a quieter driving encounter.

Whilst the Abarth’s exterior styling differs from the Fiat in a couple refined ways, which includes a a bit broader front end, reduced facet skirts and the eye-catching ‘Acid Green’ bodywork of the clearly show car or truck, the 500e and 500 Electric are just about similar inside of, showcasing a seven-inch electronic instrument cluster driving the Abarth-branded steering wheel, a 10-inch infotainment screen in the centre of the dashboard that shows the feed of a rear check out parking digital camera.

The 500e assortment contains a JBL high quality audio procedure and Alcantara leather-based seats, as perfectly as a wi-fi smartphone charger and keyless entry, but some of these functions will be reserved for best-spec styles.

Last but not least, Abarth suggests that its 500e will be in a position to charge its battery to 80% utilizing an 85kW charging cable in an believed 35 minutes.

The brand name has not yet confirmed the EV’s battery array as of still – by comparison the Fiat 500 Electric powered can travel a utmost of 143 miles on a solitary demand.

This, and other aspects like trim specs, British isles pricing and arrival dates, will be introduced in the coming months.