Abarth is debuting the fully electric New Abarth 500e which it claims is the most responsive and exciting Abarth in urban driving and the fastest and most enjoyable in suburban driving, claiming that the electric architecture performs better than petrol thanks to an improved weight distribution, better torque, and a wider wheelbase.
Olivier Francois, Fiat and Abarth Chief Executive Officer, and Global Chief Marketing Officer of Stellantis, commented, “Today we are celebrating a milestone in Abarth’s history: we are simultaneously presenting the first electric Abarth in Europe/ The New Abarth 500e is one of the most exciting launches in the history of the brand: a great new addition to the Abarth line-up. I like to think of it as family, so our fanbase will be involved in every step of our electrification journey.”
The New Abarth 500e is 1 second faster in the urban pickup, which means 50% faster acceleration from 12 to 25mph than its petrol-powered counterpart and faster outside of city driving, for example on hairpin bends, where from 25 to 37mph it can reach the target speed in just 1.5 seconds—much faster than its petrol version, which lags behind by 15 metres, reaching 37mph a second later.
It is equipped with a powerful 42 kWh battery coupled with a powerful e-motor, resulting in 113.7kW/155PS and combining the performance of the Scorpion with the innovation of electric mobility. It can reach 62mph from zero in just seven seconds.