Abarth 500e revealed – sizzling Italian supermini goes electrical
That is the Abarth 500e, a warmed up model of the Fiat 500e that’s already confirmed to be extraordinarily in style throughout Europe since its debut final yr. When you’re a scholar of the petrol-powered Abarth 500, you gained’t be stunned to listen to that the identical guidelines apply to the brand new 500e, coming with a stronger powertrain matched to an uprated chassis. Abarth has confirmed it will ship to clients in June 2023 within the UK. Costs haven’t been set but, however with the top-spec Fiat 500e Prima prices slightly below £34,000 within the UK, so we’d count on it to start out from round that determine and go up from there.
The Abarth’s key distinction is the extra highly effective electrical motor that drives the entrance wheels. Peak energy is rated at 152bhp, up from 118bhp on essentially the most highly effective Fiat 500e mannequin, with torque peaking at 173lb ft – an 11lb ft enchancment. Being electrical, all this efficiency is out there from a standstill, giving it a 0-62mph time of 7sec – 2sec sooner than the usual 500e. These figures don’t fairly match essentially the most potent 178bhp variant of the present petrol-powered 695, although, which can nonetheless pip the brand new 500e by 0.5sec to 62mph.
The 500e’s energy is drawn from a comparatively small 42kWh battery pack, with solely 37.3kWh of that being usable. Abarth has not confirmed particular weight and vary figures but, however the Fiat 500e with the identical battery pack has vary figures of round 130 miles in blended driving, rising to as much as 220 miles in city circumstances. These figures can drop considerably, although, with cool climate and high-speed operating probably limiting vary to as little as 100 miles. It’s anticipated that the Abarth will see barely decrease vary figures because of the bigger wheels and tyres.
The benefit of a small battery pack, although, is a comparatively low weight determine. For reference, the usual 500e weighs 1365kg – a quantity that once more shouldn’t be removed from the Abarth’s. The electrical powertrain runs on a 400V electrical structure which facilitates a most 85kW charging velocity. At its peak, it’ll cost from 0-80 per cent in round 35 minutes.
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Different adjustments have been made to the chassis setup, with a brand new suspension tune to go well with the bigger 18-inch wheels and 205-section tyres. Abarth has additionally uprated the braking package deal, becoming disc brakes to each axles (most small EVs run drum brakes on the rear axle resulting from their low braking pressure necessities). In comparison with the petrol-powered Abarth fashions, the 500e’s observe width is wider, wheelbase longer and its centre of gravity is decrease, all promising extra composed dealing with.
To try to channel among the earlier automotive’s rambunctious perspective, Abarth has additionally geared up the 500e with a noise generator that mimics the noise of the petrol-powered Abarth fashions underneath acceleration and deceleration. Abarth has not elaborated on what dictates the sound apart from to say it ‘accompanies the engine efficiency’. Regardless of the case, the need to breed sounds from the flatulent Abarth 500 and never a Lampredi Twin-Cam looks like a missed alternative to us.
To go together with the adjustments to the chassis and powertrain, Abarth has given the 500e its personal harder stance, with new design parts in and out. These embody new bumpers, the entrance finish being deeper and extra aggressive, with colour-coded grille openings and Abarth script between the LED headlights. On the rear, Abarth has fitted a tiny diffuser like insert proper on the base of the rear bumper with an identical roof spoiler. There’s additionally a brand new set of 18-inch wheels and a few contemporary paint choices, headlined by the acid yellow launch color. Inside, the 500e’s inside is essentially unchanged, with the principle adjustments reserved to new Alcantara trim on the sprint, seats and the brand new three-spoke steering wheel.
Costs and remaining specs for automobiles within the UK are nonetheless to be finalised, however buyer automobiles are set to land in June subsequent yr