Abarth 500eElectro-Cinquecento looks pretty ugly
Fiat 500e gets good marks all around – now model student also muscles and dirty looks.
Roaring engines, squealing tires, high pulse: Abarth means desire and passion. But while the Scorpion sting in the marque’s logo has always been dipped in Super Plus, it now gets electrocuted when the Abarth 500e hits the road in the spring. Available as a closed model and as a convertible, the Electric Whirlwind is initially available in a particularly well-equipped launch edition, the Swiss prices of which are not yet known.
Apart from the gym-like design, the ugly headlight design and the seats with more lateral support, the Abarth offers more power under the hood. Because where the previous limit was 87 kW/118 hp, Abarth gave the 500 a top power of 113 kW/154 hp and increased the maximum torque to 235 Nm. Around town, it’s quicker than any internal combustion engine, and with a sprint value of seven seconds, it takes a full two seconds from the parent brand’s good 500e to 100 km/h. But you shouldn’t do this too often if you want to get a standard range of over 300 kilometers from the 42 kWh battery. And with a maximum output of 85 kW, charging is only limited fun.
No beeps and growls
By the way, Abarth worked not only on the drive and appearance, but also on the sound. For brand boss Olivier Francois, the iconic sound is firmly anchored in the DNA of dynamics. The official warning notes are therefore no sober screeches or growls, but impassioned guitar riffs. And if that wasn’t enough for you, you can order a sound generator and drown yourself in the blissful memories of the old days with the artificial roar of hot petrol engines.
Francois also tries to explain the change to the new world. Because everything that has driven Abarth since its inception has been the pursuit of higher performance – and the transition to e-mobility fulfills this more than ever. “The 500e handles better, accelerates better and is more fun. In short, it’s more Abarth than ever.” And if you don’t believe him, Francois sends it for a spin at the Balocco proving ground, where the previous top model 695 electric whirlwind takes a smooth second per lap.