Abarth 500e electric pocket-rocket coming to Australia

Alexi Falson

Following the unveiling of the 500e, Fiat is set to add an Abarth variant to its Aussie lineup, with a small batch of the Abarth 500e models confirmed for Down Under.

It’s the first battery-electric model from Abarth, with the updated platform snatched from the 500e offering a wider wheelbase, more torque and better weight distribution than the outgoing petrol model.

Underneath, the Abarth 500e receives a front-mounted electric motor pushing out 113kW of power and 235Nm of torque, offering a 0-100km/h sprint in 7.0 seconds.

Power comes supplied by a compact 42kWh battery that offers a claimed 252km of range, with DC charging speeds up to 85kW.

Abarth is well aware that its most prized models have a naughty little exhaust system, so it’s come up with a digital ‘roar’ that mimics that sound of its Record Monza exhaust.

It’s coming to Australia in a single variant lineup, with a set of 18-inch alloys, LED lights, a panoramic sunroof, heated seats wrapped in Alcantara and a set of metal driving pedals as standard.

In terms of tech, the 500e comes fitted with a 7.0-inch instrument cluster, a 10.25-inch infotainment system with digital radio and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a JBL sound system as standard.

Abarth is yet to confirm prices for the 500e, but expect a sizeable premium over the standard Fiat 500e when it arrives later in the year.

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