The Abarth 600e Is Here, And It Looks Angry

The second all-electric Abarth model gets 240bhp and a proper limited-slip diff
Abarth 600e
Abarth 600e

When we drove Abarth’s first crack at an EV, the 500e, last year, we came away from it with mixed opinions. It looked great, felt like a quality product, and was decent fun when pushed, but it ultimately couldn’t quite capture the magic of the best small petrol hot hatches. And the synthetic engine noise that blares out of it unless you can find the menu within a menu within a menu to switch it off is just downright irritating.

All in all, though, it felt like a reasonable first step into the world of EVs for Fiat’s in-house performance arm, and now it’s turning its attention to the 500e’s big brother: the Fiat 600e. And this time, it seems like an altogether more serious prospect.

Fiat 600e
Fiat 600e

The standard Fiat 600e sits on an updated version of Stellantis’ Common Modular Platform, shared with the Jeep Avenger and the upcoming Alfa Romeo Milano. Currently, it’s only available as a full EV in the UK, but a mild hybrid petrol is due later this year.

It’s the former, however, that Abarth has given an overhaul, and doesn’t it look like an angry little thing? The car is debuting in limited edition Scorpionissima form, which will be restricted to 1,949 units, in reference to the year of Abarth’s founding. Just look at that chunky, aggressive front bumper, that rear spoiler, and those big 20-inch alloys.

It sounds like Abarth has gone to more effort to make this an appealing prospect for keen drivers than it did with the 500e, too. Power is up to 237bhp, compared to 153 in the standard 600e and 152 in the Abarth 500e.

Abarth 500e
Abarth 500e

Not only that, but Abarth has fitted the 600e with a proper mechanical limited-slip differential. You know, like some of the best hot hatches of the last 20 years have had. To further aid handling, it has bespoke tyres co-developed with Hankook and inspired by the compound it supplies for Formula E.

There’s no word on whether it carries over the 500e’s irritating sound generator, but the fact that Abarth has debuted it in the vivid new shade of Hypnotic Purple suggests subtlety probably wasn’t high on the list of priorities with this car.

We can expect more info and a full reveal soon. A lot of the ingredients are there, so could this be one of the most convincing drivers’ EVs yet?

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