Abarth has introduced the Abarth 500e, the first full-electric model in the brand’s history.  Abarth New Zealand says it is proud to confirm the Abarth 500e will arrive in New Zealand this December with the limited edition Scorpionissima priced from $76,990 and the Abarth 500e priced from $74,990 plus on road costs.

The company suggests electric is the perfect technology to enhance the driving experience by bringing better acceleration, greater balance, better handling, more stability, and better road holding. Not only is this about looking for greener solutions but also pure, hardcore fun.

Abarth 500e Limited Edition “Scorpionissima” offers two distinct all new exterior colours to the Abarth line-up: Acid Green & Poison Blue.  Both colours feature ‘Abarth’ decals applied to the side profile of the vehicle (Acid Green paired with black “Abarth” decals, and Poison Blue paired with white “Abarth” decals).  

Inside, there is a premium Alcantara interior, a racing steering wheel providing a dark sporty look and fine touch feeling. The unique sport seats with integrated headrest bring the Acid-Green Scorpion – lasered on the Alcantara – inside the cabin and the Acid Green & Poison Blue double stitching provide visual continuity from the seats to the door panels.

The Abarth 500e is also available in standard trim offering the same great performance, unique style and the original Abarth sound. Customers can choose from three colours: Antidote White, Venom Black, and Adrenaline Red.

Equipped with a 42-kWh battery coupled with an electric motor, the Abarth 500e combines the performance of the Scorpion with the innovation of electric mobility. The electric architecture has an improved weight distribution, better torque, and a wider wheelbase, creating an Abarth that is allegedly more responsive, faster, and arguably more enjoyable than its petrol-powered equivalent.

The Abarth 500e is equipped with a front-mounted electric motor outputting 113.7kW and peak torque output of 235Nm, the 500e will get to 100km/h in 7.0 seconds.

With a battery range up to 253km and fast-charging of up to 85kW in direct current (DC), the Abarth 500e ensures plenty of driving excitement, says Abarth. It takes less than 5 minutes to build up sufficient energy reserve for daily mileage requirements (around 40 km) and the fast charge reaches 80% of the range in only 35 minutes.

Abarth’s signature and unmistakable “roar” can be heard thanks to the Abarth Sound Generator that accompanies every trip in the 500e. This standard feature on the model highlights the vehicle’s performance, reproducing the sound of an Abarth petrol engine inspired by the famous Record Monza exhaust.

Head to fiat.co.nz or visit your nearest Abarth Dealership for more information.

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