Italian carmaker Abarth is set to make waves in the city car segment with the launch of its new fully-electric Abarth 500e. The latest iteration of the iconic Cinquecento comes with an e-motor that powers its front wheels, delivering 155 horsepower and 173 lb.-ft. of torque, an increase of 38 horsepower and 11 lb.-ft. over the standard 500e. The Abarth 500e can reach 0 to 62 mph in 7 seconds, two seconds quicker than the Cinquecento battery-electric vehicle (BEV), but 0.3 of a second slower than the current turbocharged Abarth 695.
Where the Abarth 500e shines is in its handling capabilities. With the battery pack located low in the car and instant torque from the e-motor, the 500e is a full second faster than the top-spec 695 on FIAT’s Misto Alfa Romeo circuit. It can also go a full second quicker from 12 to 25 mph than the 695 during a roll. The Abarth 500e has a 42-kWh battery pack, the same as the option for the European market standard 500e, which can be charged at up to 85 kW, allowing for 25 miles of range in just five minutes and a recharge from 0% to 80% in just 35 minutes.
The Abarth 500e Scorpionissima Launch Edition will be limited to just 1,949 units, a nod to the year in which Abarth was founded. Customers can choose from Acid Green or Poison Blue colors. The limited edition model includes “Abarth” side graphics, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a fixed glass roof (on hatchback), tinted rear windows, metal pedal kits, and metal door sill plates. Inside, the heavily bolstered front seats are wrapped in Alcantara with double stitching, a laser-etched Abarth logo in Acid Green on the headrest, and 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 and 7-inch thin-film-transistor (TFT) cluster display from the standard 500e carry-over. The Abarth 500e also comes with a number of standard features, including automatic headlights and wipers, Keyless ‘N Go, wireless phone charger, 360-degree camera, JBL premium audio system, and automatic climate control. A sound generator provides gasoline engine sounds that can be turned on or off at any time.
Our friend Walter Vayr (@GabetzSPYUnit) has recently shared some exciting pictures of the new Scorpionissima model on public roads. These latest pictures provide us with a fully uncamouflaged look at both versions of the car – the hatchback and the Cabrio model. The cars were spotted near a Stellantis test facility in Italy, and the pictures reveal the stunning Acid Green and Poison Blue color options
The Abarth 500e will be available in both hatchback and Cabrio models, with Cabrio models fitted with a black fabric top. The Abarth 500e Scorpionissima Launch Edition will be priced at €43,000 in Europe, or about $44,270 in USD, over double the cost of the last 500 Abarth sold in U.S. dealer showrooms.