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Abarth 500e 2023: what to expect from the Italian sporty electric hatchback


The Abarth 500e will bring the fight to the Mini Cooper electric and claims to be one of the loudest electric cars on the market  

Abarth has announced further specifications for its upcoming 500e electric hot hatch, with two more variants added to the lineup following on from the launch edition Scorpionissma. 

The Abarth 500e will be available with two more variants, 500e and 500e Turismo.

Key specifications for the ‘base’ electric Abarth 500e will include 17-inch alloy wheels, a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 7.0-inch instrument cluster, along with a 42kWh battery pack and 265km of electric range. 

2023 Abarth 500e range driving on mountain road
Say hello to the 2023 Abarth 500e range

The Italian automaker claims that the upcoming Abarth 500e is the only electric car in the segment to offer a sound generator that reproduces the sound of a petrol engine. 

Australian pricing for the Abarth is still unconfirmed, however the related Fiat 500e will cost $52,500 before on-road costs. 

The Abarth version could therefore cost around $60,000 before on-road costs. 

2023 Abarth 500e black driving on road
The Abarth 500e could cost around $60,000 in Australia

When launched, the new electric Abarth will be a strong competitor for the Mini electric hatch, as well as the Cupra Born.   

Sound generator explained

Along with a quirky rock guitar tone that plays when you turn on and off the car, Abarth has worked extensively to incorporate an unique EV driving sound that replicates internal combustion Abarths of old. 

2023 Abarth 500e Turismo blue interior driving shot
A sound generator is standard on the Turismo variant and sounds like Abarths of old

Standard on the Tursimo variant, the sound generator has been inspired by the Record Monza exhaust system fitted to the previous iterations of the Abarth. 

Abarth says the  innovative sound system “enhances the Abarth driving experience.”

Abarth 500e performance 

2023 Abarth 500e interior screen and wheel
Standard features include a 10.25-inch touchscreen

Abarth claims that the new 500e electric hot hatch is around a second quicker than the outgoing petrol version. 

Although Abarth has not noted the outputs of the 500e and 500e Turismo, the launch Scorpionissma edition has 113kW of power and 235Nm of torque and uses a front-mounted electric motor. Usable battery size is just 37.3kWh.

How does this performance compare to the last petrol-powered Abarth? 

2023 Abarth 500e Turismo blue charging by the water
The 2023 Abarth 500e Turismo variant

The outgoing Abarth 595 and 695 used a 132kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. 

Abarth 500e 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • 500e: $TBA
  • 500e Turismo: $TBA