It was only a matter of time before the pretty Fiat 600 received a sportier Abarth version. And here it is, the Abarth 600e, the most powerful car from the long-standing Italian brand.
Abarth didn’t confirm a ton of details in announcing the 600e, but did say the electric vehicle produces 240 horsepower. That’s a solid 85 hp increase over the smaller 155 hp Abarth 500e. The Abarth 600e launches with the limited edition Scorpionissima, sporting a coat of vibrant Hypersonic Purple paint. Abarth will build 1,949 examples of the 600th Scorpionissima in honor of the 75th anniversary of the company’s founding year.
Other upgrades include wider tires on 20-inch wheels, a reinforced braking system and a mechanical limited-slip differential. And in typical Abarth flamboyant style, there’s a large “Abarth” sticker just above the rocker panels and a scorpion logo with neon green accents on the front fender.
This is not the first Abarth Seicento, However. In the 1950s and 1960s, when Abarth was still an independent tuning and motorsport company, it used the original Fiat 600 as the basis for a number of fascinating models. Some used modified 600 bodies with larger displacement engines, while others, like the Fiat-Abarth 750, sported streamlined bodywork from Zagato.
As cool as the new Abarth 600e is, don’t expect to see it in the United States. Even though Fiat will bring the 500e EV here, it hasn’t announced plans to do the same with the 600e.
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