Drumroll please: an Abarth 500e will cost you… £38,695
Electric hot hatch with 149bhp pitched just below £39k; launch edition build slots already down ‘hundreds’
Let’s not forget that the Fiat 500e starts from more than 10 grand less at £28,195, and that a far more capable, bog standard Model 3 isn’t much more at circa £43k. Jeepers.
In fairness, the car you see here is the Scorpionissima launch edition that gets everything Abarth can throw at it, including 18-inch diamond-cut wheels, steel pedals, Alcantara seats, (which are heated up front, along with the windscreen), auto climate control and low beam headlights, a 360-degree reversing camera, JBL audio system and that 10.25/7.0in touchscreen-and-driver-display combo.
Oh, and that incredibly high-vis paint.
More important perhaps are the headline stats: 149bhp and 173lb ft for 0-62mph in seven seconds flat, which, Abarth claims, makes its 500e a whole second quicker than the Abarth 695 around the Miso Alfa test track in Italy. Phwoar.
First deliveries are expected in June, and Abarth has already received some 1,500 pre-orders across Europe against a launch-spec build run of 1,949 units. That’d be the year the Abarth brand was born, FYI.
You tempted at that price?
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