Harry Leahey

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Fiat’s performance focused sub-brand Abarth has released an official image of its potent version of the 600e SUV - heralding its next chapter into electrification.  

It comes following the launch of the Abarth 500e hot hatch revealed last year, which, like its smaller sibling, will arrive as a Scorpionissima launch edition, pictured here, and limited to just  1,949 units. 

At the heart of the Abarth 600e lies a sophisticated electric powertrain, which Abarth says delivers 236 bhp, making it the firm's most powerful vehicle in its lineup to date.  While detailed performance and range metrics are still under wraps, it is known that the vehicle utilises a single electric motor for front-wheel drive. It will be joined by a mechanical limited-slip differential, a strategic inclusion designed to enhance the EV's stability, handling, and traction.

Externally, the Abarth 600e makes a bold statement with its 'Hypnotic Purple' colour scheme, accented by vibrant lime green logos—a nod to the brand's playful yet aggressive aesthetic. 

The vehicle is distinguished by its robust design elements, including a pronounced front bumper, an expansive front splitter, and an aerodynamically optimised roof spoiler.  Completing its aggressive stance are 20-inch alloys which are encased in high-performance tires developed in partnership with Hankook, a supplier for Formula E. 

Inside, the Abarth 600e is expected to remain largely the same as the standard 600e, but with sporty Abarth design cues throughout. 

Like the Abarth 500e, the 600e is set to feature the 'Abarth Sound Generator,' an acoustic system designed to replicate the iconic exhaust notes of its combustion-engined counterparts. 

As for pricing, specifics have yet to be announced, but given the Abarth 600e's performance and aesthetic upgrades on the standard version, expect a starting price of around £40,000. 

The Abarth 500e, which starts from just over £34,000, makes 152 bhp, up from 117bhp of the standard Fiat 500e. 

This power boost is enough to take two seconds off the normal version's 0-62mph time to seven seconds. 

Like the normal 500e, the Abarth variant uses the same 42kWh battery, good for a claimed range of 199 miles. 

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Harry Leahey 09/02/24