Bright spark: Vivid new all-electric Abarth 500e hot hatch has an artificial roar made to sound like its petrol predecessors

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  • The Abarth 500e is based on the Fiat 500 Electric and will cost around £36,000
  • The first deliveries are due to arrive in the UK next year as it becomes the first supermini hot hatch to run on a battery

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The first all-electric Abarth hot-hatch has been launched today – and there’s a sting in the tail from the zero-emissions car bearing the legendary Scorpion badge.

For this, a battery-powered car is anything but cool.

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The new Abarth 500e is not only the first electric car in the 73-year history of the Italian performance car brand, but it is also the first to create an artificial Abarth ‘roar’ using a sound generator feature that recreates the legendary sound of a traditional Abarth petrol. Presents. Yantra.

A rival to the retro Renault 5 EV, it is expected to cost around £36,000 with first deliveries in June 2023.

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Shining Spark: This is the new Abarth 500e – Fiat’s performance arm on the hot electric hatchback

Bar Cupra’s Born – which is a racier version of the VW ID.3 – and the Skoda Enyaq iV VRs SUV, there are no compact hot hatches in the market.

The new electric Abarth 500e is equipped with a powerful 42kWh battery that develops 154 horsepower (113kW). Abarth said it combines the ‘performance of the Scorpion’ with the innovation of electric mobility, comfortably reaching 62 mph in just 7 seconds.

That’s 2 seconds quicker than sibling – but less powerful – the 42kWh Fiat 500e, which costs £23,495.

It is marking the launch event with a specially eye-catching, fully equipped launch edition called the ‘Scorpionissima Edition’, sold online with priority to existing Abarth owners and fans.

It is available in both hatchback and cabrio versions and in two vibrant new exterior colors called Acid Green and Poison Blue, along with exclusive 18-inch diamond-cut Titanium Gray alloy wheels, a fixed glass roof and rear privacy glass.

Regarding the artificially created engine sound, the company said: ‘The new Abarth 500e is the first and only city car that can be equipped with a sound generator that doesn’t want to give up Abarth’s signature – the unmistakable Abarth ‘roar’.

‘The sound generator comes with an engine demonstration, faithfully reproducing the sound of an Abarth petrol engine.’

Rivals the retro Renault 5 EV, with prices expected to start from around £36,000 with first deliveries in June 2023

Rivals the retro Renault 5 EV, with prices expected to start from around £36,000 with first deliveries in June 2023

The new electric Abarth 500e is equipped with a powerful 42 kWh battery that develops 154 horse-power (113kW).

The new electric Abarth 500e is equipped with a powerful 42 kWh battery that develops 154 horse-power (113kW).

Abarth said it combines the 'performance of the Scorpion' with the innovation of electric mobility, comfortably reaching 62 mph in just 7 seconds.

Abarth said it combines the ‘performance of the Scorpion’ with the innovation of electric mobility, comfortably reaching 62 mph in just 7 seconds.

The Abarth 500e has three driving modes: Turismo, Scorpion Street and Scorpion Track.

The Turismo mode allows for effortless acceleration by restricting power and torque (max power limited to 100kW instead of 113kW, torque limited to 220Nm instead of 235Nm) for an efficient yet exciting driving experience.

The Scorpion Street Mode delivers top-notch performance while maximizing regenerative braking.

The Scorpion Track Mode is designed for those looking for top-notch performance.

One pedal driving is possible in Turismo and Scorpion Street modes. Abarth said: ‘Every time you lift your foot the car slows down and recovers kinetic energy, which is then converted into electricity to recharge the battery to deliver a faster and more sporty driving experience. She goes.’

85-kW fast-charging system reaches 80 per cent in 35 minutes. It says a five-minute boost is sufficient for ‘daily mileage requirements’ which puts it at around 30 miles.

It is marking the launch event with a particularly attractive, fully equipped launch edition called the 'Scorpionissima Edition', sold online with priority to existing Abarth owners and fans.

It is marking the launch event with a particularly attractive, fully equipped launch edition called the ‘Scorpionissima Edition’, sold online with priority to existing Abarth owners and fans.

It is available in both hatchback and cabriolet versions and in two vibrant new exterior colors called Acid Green and Poison Blue

It is available in both hatchback and cabriolet versions and in two vibrant new exterior colors called Acid Green and Poison Blue

It creates an artificial Abarth 'roar' using a sound generator feature that reproduces the legendary sound of a conventional petrol engine

It creates an artificial Abarth ‘roar’ using a sound generator feature that reproduces the legendary sound of a conventional petrol engine

The new electric architecture, improved weight distribution, improved torque and wider wheelbase mean the new Abarth 500e is faster and more exciting than its petrol predecessors in both urban and suburban driving, the company said.

It added: ‘The electric architecture delivers better performance than the petrol due to better weight distribution, better torque and wider wheelbase.’

It further added: ‘Electric is the perfect technology to improve driving pleasure and ensure more sprint, more balance, more stability and better road holding.

‘For Abarth, electrification means being more fun and more competitive. It not only means looking for green solutions, but it is also synonymous with pure, distilled and hard-core fun.’

The company said of the new Abarth 500e: ‘It offers an irreverent, playful, yet adventurous style and a thrilling driving experience with equal pleasure.’

It asserted: ‘The new Abarth 500e is the most responsive and exciting Abarth 500 ever in city driving, outperforming the Abarth 695 in responsiveness.’

It has 1 second (50 per cent) faster acceleration from 12.5mph to 25mph than its petrol-powered counterpart. It’s also quicker on hairpin turns, where from 25 mph to 37 mph it can reach target speed in just 1.5 seconds – much quicker than its petrol variant, which lags behind 15mph, a second later Reaches up to 37 mph.

The three-spoke racing-inspired steering wheel features high-quality leather with Alcantara inserts and a scorpion logo

The three-spoke racing-inspired steering wheel features high-quality leather with Alcantara inserts and a scorpion logo

85-kW fast-charging system reaches 80% in 35 minutes.  It says a five-minute boost is sufficient for 'daily mileage requirements' which puts it at around 30 miles

85-kW fast-charging system reaches 80% in 35 minutes. It says a five-minute boost is sufficient for ‘daily mileage requirements’ which puts it at around 30 miles

Starting at 37 mph, says Abarth, it reaches a top speed of 62 mph, when its petrol counterpart is still running 56.4 mph 'with a difference of almost 1 second'.

Starting at 37 mph, it reaches a top speed of 62 mph when its petrol counterpart is still clocking 56.4 mph with a difference of around 1.

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