The Scorpion brand is about to shake the city car segment up with the introduction of its new fully-electric Abarth 500e. Based on the latest generation of the iconic Cinquecento, means that Abarth engineers were going to have to reinvent the performance city car and move away from what they knew best: lightweight turbocharged engines.
With an e-motor now powering its front wheels, the Abarth 500e delivers 155 horsepower and 173 lb.-ft. (235 Nm) of torque. That is an increase of 38 horsepower and 11 lb.-ft. (15 Nm) over the standard 500e. Capable of a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7 seconds, it is a full two seconds quicker than the Cinquecento battery-electric vehicle (BEV). However, it falls short of the current turbocharged Abarth 695’s time by 0.3 of a second.
But where the Abarth 500e is in the handling department? Thanks to the low placement of the battery pack and instant torque of the e-motor, the 500e is a full second faster than the top-spec 695 onFIAT’s Misto Alfa Romeo circuit. They also claim that the 500e can go a full second quicker from 12 to 25 mph (20 to 40 km/h) than the 695 during a roll.
Speaking of batteries, the Abarth 500e is fitted with the same 42-kWh pack that comes as an option (in the European market) as the standard 500e. That means it can be charged at up to 85 kW, allowing the car to achieve 25 miles (40 kilometers) of range in just 5 minutes. It also can recharge the battery from 0% to 80% in just 35 minutes.
As shown in its launch edition spec, the Scorpionissima will be limited to just 1,949 units (a nod to the year in which Abarth was founded). Customers can choose from that eye-grabbing Acid Green (shown in these photos) or Poison Blue. The limited edition model adds both “Abarth” side graphics, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a fixed glass roof, tinted rear windows, metal pedal kits, and metal door sill plates.
Inside, the Abarth 500e comes with heavily bolstered front seats wrapped in Alcantara with double stitching. The seats also have a laser-etched Abarth logo in Acid Green on the headrest and feature a heat function. The steering wheel also gets upgrades like the Scorpion logo airbag cover, blue center stripe, colored stitching, and leather and Alcantara accents.
The 10.25-inch Uconnect 5-based infotainment system from the standard 500e carries over. It continues to have wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability but now features a unique Abarth splash screen to help set it apart from the standard car. The same goes for the 7-inch thin-film-transistor (TFT) cluster display.
The Abarth 500e also comes with a number of standard features, that includes automatic headlights and wipers, Keyless ‘N Go, wireless phone charger, 360-degree camera, JBL premium audio system, and automatic climate control. A sound generator also provides gasoline engine sounds. You can choose to turn it on or off whenever you want.
Of course, there is a wider track, and different front and rear fascias to help set it apart from the rest of the 500e lineup. The Abarth 500e will be available in both hatchback and Cabrio models. Cabrio models will be fitted with a black fabric top.
Pre-ordering has opened up for Scorpionship (Abarth Fan Club) members immediately. You can join the Scorpionship for free and it only takes a few minutes to do so. As of right now, ordering of the 500e has begun in Europe, with Japan and Brazil coming later.
The Abarth 500e Scorpionissima Launch Edition will have a price of €43,000 in Europe (or about $44,270 in USD). That’s over double of what the last 500 Abarth cost when it was in U.S. dealer showrooms. (Thanks electrification!)
We have no doubt that the 500e Abarth will be coming to the North American market since the standard 500e was just announced it would be coming in 2024. We will expect an official North American announcement at next year’s LA Auto Show.
2024 Abarth 500e Scorpionissima Launch Edition Image Gallery: