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From a Small Hatch Grumbler: Abarth’s Fiat 500e

A Remarkable Leap Forward in Electric Motoring

Finding a Green-Lit Thrill Ride

Well, who would have thought? Abarth, Fiat’s venerated performance division, has produced an electric vehicle (EV) that’s made me, a certified hatchback critic, raise an eyebrow. Their latest prodigy, the Fiat 500e Abarth, has been crowned their most dynamic, spry, and responsive model to date. This electric marvel, priced from a respectable £34,195, sources its juice from a robust 42kWh battery. The potent 152bhp electric motor whizzes the vehicle from naught to 62mph in a commendable 7.0 seconds.

A Sea Change in the EV Market

Fiat recently disclosed an impressive sales record for their flagship EV, the Fiat 500e, the sole zero-emission passenger car in their current lineup. In 2022, the global sales of the 500e hovered around 120,000 units, over half of which were sold in Europe. Such robust sales numbers not only signify the growing appetite for EVs but also hint at a bright horizon for the Fiat 500e Abarth in these markets.

Lifting the Hood, Surprisingly Impressed

Beneath the sleek shell of the Fiat 500e Abarth hums a sturdy 113.7 kW e-motor, fuelled by a 42 kWh lithium-ion battery. This all-electric powerhouse champions green driving while delivering an adrenaline-pumping ride. A torque of 235 Nm ensures an electrifying launch, the kind of thrill that Abarth has built its reputation on.

Bold in Looks, Solid in Substance

Incredibly, the Fiat 500e Abarth is more than an eco-friendly vehicle; it marks a turning point for the brand with its audacious design. It’s broader and sports-improved suspension compared to the 500e, despite my misgivings about small hatches. With its 155hp motor offering a decent 164-mile range, the hatch begins at £34,195, and its convertible sibling is pegged at £37,195.

Built to Impress

Each model sports 17-inch alloy wheels, a generous 10.25-inch touchscreen, a clear 7.0-inch digital driver’s display, and an impressive JBL sound system. A subtle tweak to the gear ratio from 9.6 to 10.2, compared to the regular 500, ensures a well-balanced blend of top speed and acceleration.

On-Road Experience

I have to admit, the 500e Abarth offers a surprisingly comfortable city ride with its light and the responsive steering mechanism. It manages to retain a hint of old-school analogue charm amidst the overwhelming digital invasion.

A Visual Treat

The Fiat 500e Abarth, despite its compact form, is visually striking. Subtle enhancements to the bodywork and an array of vivid colour options give it a bold stance. A classy black-themed interior, coupled with generous use of Alcantara, lends a premium feel, while the bucket-style seats and leather-trimmed steering wheel make it more tolerable for long-distance commutes like mine.

Driving Tailored to Your Whim

In a nod to varying driver preferences, Abarth offers three unique drive modes – Turismo, Scorpion Street, and Scorpion Track. Whether your goal is energy conservation, regenerative driving or perfecting one-pedal EV driving, the Fiat 500e Abarth caters to your whims.

In conclusion, the Fiat 500e Abarth is poised to dominate the EV space, offering a thrilling driving experience enveloped in a uniquely designed package that will surely turn heads – including, begrudgingly, mine – wherever it roams.

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