Abarth prepares to launch its first all-electric car, quickly hot bloom based Fiat’s Electric 500. Promising more power, sharper handling and more outgoing looks, it will also mark the first step in the brand’s transition to all-electric vehicles at launch. showrooms, possibly as soon as next year.
As our exclusive images show, the new electric Abarth will almost certainly retain the sporty details we’re used to from the brand’s cars. Speaking to Auto Express, Fiat CEO Olivier François said, ‘The looks are the same. We need to be a little more extroverted. Abarth always goes above and beyond, with perverts and wheels. ‘
Performance details are yet to be revealed but hopefully it will comfortably beat the fastest version of Fiat 500 electricity. In the standard car, the top-of-the-range and mid-range versions have a 42kWh battery that produces 116bhp, allowing for a 0-62mph time of 9 seconds and a top speed of 93mph. Abarth’s electric 500 will need a significant boost in power to match another classic hot hatch coming up – 215bhp Renault 5-based Alpine R5.
In terms of range, the electric 500 can deliver up to 199 miles, but with Abarth focusing on performance, the sportier version may not be able to go as far on a single charge.
The company has also not decided whether it will offer Abarth 500 fake gasoline engine sounds or to accentuate the whine of a car’s electric motor and transmission. Olivier François added, ‘Do you want to make a super Abarth-ish sound or can we invent a very loud Formula E type of sound too’.
Since the fall of 124 spidersAbarth model range has been limited to 595 models closely related to the old petrol-powered Fiat 500. So with this all-new EV replacing the old car, Abarth won’t have any more internal combustion engine models. There will also be a completely different electric Abarth due out in 2025, which will also be a Fiat derivative.