The The Fiat 500 Abarth is loved by many finally had a successor, and now the tram. The 500e The Abarth takes the regular model and adds a much more powerful electric motor, plus sportier styling. And while the power is absolutely less than the top gas model, fiat says that the new Abarth is moving in the right direction faster.
On the outside, Abarth has the brand name plastered across the nose instead of the usual “500” logo and chrome bar. The scorpion badge is now located on the hood. Unique front bumper with more aggressive air vents and deeper air intakes. The side panels are also new and the rear bumper diffuser is inserted in white to match the front spoiler. The Abarth scorpion badges on the sides have been tweaked to match the electric theme, and the car features new 18-inch wheels and some of the coolest side stripes we’ve seen in a while. Inside, the Abarth in the debut Scorpionissima has a three-spoke steering wheel, Alcantara upholstery, stainless steel pedals and door sills.
Major performance upgrade for 500e Abarth is the engine. It makes 153 horsepower and 173 pound-feet, compared to the next most powerful 500e at 118 horsepower. It will help the small hatchback accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 7 seconds. Fiat doesn’t talk much about the suspension and brake upgrades, but we think they’ve been refined to match Abarth’s sporty style. Especially since Fiat says the electric Abarth will complete the company’s Balocco test track a second faster than the current gas-powered 500 Abarth 695, which has 180 horsepower. Certainly a lower center of gravity, wider track and longer wheelbase play some role, but it’s likely that other upgrades are in the works.
However, the Abarth won’t go any further than the regular 500e. It uses the same 42-kWh the battery, which returns a range of 199 miles on a WLTP cycle in 500e. In Abarth, with a more powerful engine, the range can be reduced somewhat.
Owners are worried about the lack of sound from a tram wouldn’t have to worry about that with Abarth. Available is an external audio generator. It can produce a simulated exhaust sound based on a gas-powered Abarth model that can be heard by drivers and passersby. Luckily, it can also be turned off if you don’t like the idea of fake exhaust sounds. We wish they chose more creative and less “realistic” sounds like avoid did with Charger The Daytona concept and its Fratzonic exhaust sound generator.
Abarth is now available to order in Europe. With the regular 500e coming to the US in 2024, the 500e Abarth is certainly a possibility. However, The final decision on whether to provide or not has not yet been made. We hope they bring it.