As an extension of the FIAT brand, the Abarth brand is following suit by introducing an all-electric portfolio in the European marketplace by the end of the decade. The first model to join the new lineup will be an Abarth version of the third-generation Fiat 500e battery-electric vehicle (BEV). The all-electric city car has proven itself and has continued to bring in award after award, even becoming one of the best-selling BEVs across Europe.
In May, we showed you the first images of the very first Abarth 500e prototype mule on a holding lot at a Stellantis facility in Italy. And this week, we are finally seeing the first images of another prototype out testing on public roads near that same facility thanks to our friend Walter Vayr (@GabetzSpyUnit).
We see that like the first prototype, this one also wears a set of 17-inch aluminum wheels from the former Alfa Romeo Mito Quadrifoglio Verde.
The current gasoline-powered Abarth 595 Competizione can do 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 6.7 seconds. The 595 Competizione is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter “T-Jet” inline-four-cylinder engine delivering 180 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. (250 Nm) of torque. Compared to the third-generation 500e, which features 117 horsepower (87 kW) and 162 lb.-ft. (220 Nm) of torque-rated e-motor and 42kWh battery can complete the same run in about 9-seconds. So there is a lot of room for improvement.
Abarth has already been building up excitement about the new electrified model, with Abarth enthusiasts voting to pick the vehicle’s new signature color as well as its new Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) sound for its electric vehicles in the future. AVAS is used on electric vehicles, due to the silent operation of the vehicle to warn pedestrians of the vehicle’s presence.
We are excited about learning more about the next generation of 500-based Abarth models.