- Abarth 500e is the performance version of the Fiat 500 Electric.
- It comes with a 42 kWh battery.
- The power and torque output stand at 153 hp and 235 Nm.
While most EV players are heading toward efficiency, and for the right reasons, Abarth has gone in the opposite direction revealing its 500e hot hatch recently. Now, with electric powertrains, the convention is to maximize the range. However, one must not forget that EVs have an inherent trait of instant torque as well.
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Leveraging that, Abarth has developed its first electric car in the form of 500e. The commercialization of the 500e is planned for February 2023. Interestingly, there will only be 1,949 units produced of the Scorpionissima Limited Edition. It will have an exclusive side sticker and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
Abarth 500e Hot Hatch – Specs
The electric hot hatch comes with a 42 kWh Lithium-ion battery that supplies energy to an electric motor driving the front wheels (FWD). The total output is 153 hp and 235 Nm of peak power and torque. Using a 3 kW AC home charger, you could charge the EV from 0-100% in 15 hours and 15 mins, while the quickest way to charge it is via an 85 kW DC fast charger that can fill it up from 0-80% in just 35 mins.
|Power / Torque||153 hp / 235 Nm|
|85 kW DC Fast Charging||35 mins (0-80%)|
|Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h)||7 secs (w/ Battery SOC>90%)|
|Top Speed||155 km/h|
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Abarth 500e Hot Hatch – Dimensions
Abarth 500e is a compact hatchback that is just over 3.62 m and has a wheelbase of just over 2.32 m. We have taken these dimensions from the regular Fiat 500 electric on which the Abarth 500e is based.
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Interior and Features
Just like the dimensions, the interior layout of the Abarth 500e resembles the Fiat 500 Electric. However, there are tons of customisation options. In the regular trims, the 500e comes with a large 10.25-inch Touchscreen Display with Uconnet, a 7-inch Driver’s Instrument Cluster, Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Driving Modes (Turismo, Scorpion Street and Scorpion Track), Alcantara Upholstery, a Sound Generator to mimic the exhaust note of the ICE-powered version, Premium Audio System, ADAS Functions (Autonomous Emergency Brake, Lane Keeping Assist, Drowsy Driver Detection, Traffic Sign Information, Urban Blind Spot, Cruise Control and E-call assist) and more.
Expected Price and Deliveries
With commercialization plans in February 2023, we can expect the hot hatch to arrive at the dealerships for deliveries sometime in mid-2023. Considering the prices to be significantly higher than the regular Fiat 500 Electric, one must be prepared to shell out around £35,000 (approx $42,100 US) for this compact EV.