And it is currently conducting final tests.
Stellantis’ specialised company Abarth will continue to produce go-fast versions of existing Fiat vehicles. The Abarth F595 was launched last summer as a hardcore hot hatch based on the Fiat 500 and powered by a combustion engine. According to a recent source, Fiat will introduce its first all-electric car next year as a more powerful and sportier alternative to the zero-emission Fiat 500e.
Abarth’s first attempt at producing a hot EV hatch is detailed in a new piece by Autocar, which claims the first official details will be given shortly before the vehicle’s formal launch. According to the article, the car will accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometres per hour) in around 7.0 seconds and reach a top speed of 100 mph (160 kph). These are significant improvements over the original 500e’s 9.0 second 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) time and top speed of 93 mph (150 kph).
Abarth CEO Olivier François stated in an interview that the electric hot hatch is already in development and that final tests are underway. He also mentioned that the Abarth community is vital to the car’s growth, and that “social media is great for that.” We hope to see the final production version of the Abarth 500e towards the end of this year or early next year, based on the present level of development.
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“A year and a half ago, I said [making an Abarth version of the electric 500] couldn’t be that difficult].” Electric automobiles are already a lot of fun to drive. The good news is that we’re working on it right now, and if it’s confirmed, it’ll happen quickly. The bad news is that delivering it is more difficult than I anticipated. It’s not the same electric powerplant if you want to build a real Abarth.”
François hinted to a lot more than a retuned electric engine. Creating a hot electric hatch, according to the company’s CEO, necessitates modifying the suspension and brakes to the new and more powerful EV system. This likely hints at hardware upgrades compared to the standard zero-emissions Fiat 500 with the idea to “heat up people, not the planet.”
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