When requested what automotive you drive, what value with the ability to say “Scorpionissimaaaa…” in your most interesting fake Italian?
Abarth Australia calls for you hand over $60,500 for the privilege, and for that you simply get this 500e restricted version, the primary full electrical mannequin in Abarth’s historical past.
At this time’s value announcement follows affirmation the tiny four-seat hatch will hit Australian showrooms late this yr.
When it lands, the Scorpionissima trim can have a restricted run of 219 fashions. A less expensive ($58,900) Turismo grade arrives in 2024, however actually, it’s price the additional $1600 to roll out the “Scorpionissimaaaa…” absolutely?
This extrovert grade does away will boring monochrome and might be had in simply two hues: Acid Inexperienced (as above) or Poison Blue.
We’ve already pushed the little Italian abroad – see the total evaluation right here – the place John Carey deemed it “an electrical entertainer that’s in contrast to anything,” and “this small bundle of EV pleasure from Italy is bound to make those that purchase it smile vast and smile continuously.”
He anticipated its Australian value to be circa $60,000, and so it’s proved.
What’s included with the Abarth 500e?
Underneath that ‘take a look at me’ paintwork are 18-inch diamond-cut titanium gray alloy wheels, whereas Scorpionissimas rating ‘Abarth’ decals alongside the automotive’s profile.
Inside is Alcantara-slathered trim, with sports activities seats that includes an Acid Greed scorpion lasered onto the headrests. Extra of that inexperienced plus Poison Blue is discovered on double stitching for seats and door panels.
All 500e grades use a front-mount electrical motor providing an affordable 114kW/235Nm.
However due to its diminutive dimension and never overly-heavy 37kWh battery, it’ll hit 100km/h in a heat hatch-like seven seconds flat.
That battery takes as much as 85kW cost price at a public DC charger, that means 0-80 %’s doable in 35 minutes. Vary is a really city-specific 253 to 265km (WLTP).
Whereas purists could baulk, the electrical Abarth contains a pretend ‘roar’ by way of the Abarth Sound Generator. It’s included as normal and replicates the sound of an Abarth petrol engine by means of the model’s signature Report Monza exhaust.
Is the value proper?
You’ll stand out extra within the Scorpionissimaaaa… (strive resisting saying it out loud) than virtually another automotive obtainable, and customers pays handsomely for such a privilege.
A traditional Fiat 500e is a couple of grand cheaper at $52,500 earlier than prices, whereas the bigger BYD Dolphin is yours from $38,890, the GWM Ora $39,990 and MG4 $38,990.
A fairer comparability can be fellow Euros: the Cupra Born Electrical ($59,990) and Mini Cooper Electrical ($64,975), each of that are a very good deal bigger than the Abarth.
As ever, we are able to’t overlook the Tesla Mannequin 3, priced virtually line-ball with the Scorpionissimaaaa… at $61,900 plus costs.
The ever present Mannequin 3 will speed up sooner, has twice the vary, costs faster and has considerably extra room inside. However you’ll even be a sheep.
What do you drive? Say ‘Mannequin 3’ in an American accent? Or “Scorpionissimaaaa…” such as you’re in The Sopranos? Your selection.
Abarth 500e specs
Value: $60,500 plus on-roads (Scorpionissima); $58,900 plus on-roads (Turismo)
Fundamentals: EV, 4 seats, 2 doorways, small hatchback, FWD
Vary: 253 to 265km (WLTP)
Battery capability: 37kWh
Battery guarantee: 8 years/160,000km
Power consumption: 17.1 to 18.1kWh/100km
Motors: 1 entrance, 114kW/235Nm
AC charging: 11kW, Sort 2 plug
DC charging: 85kW, CCS plug
0-100km/h: 7.0 seconds
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