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New 240hp Abarth 600e unveiled ahead of 2025 launch

Fiat's Abarth performance division has unveiled its most powerful car yet

a purple abarth 600e driving on a race track

Abarth has given us a first glimpse at its new 600e performance EV ahead of its official release in 2025.

The Abarth 600e is the Italian performance company's first-ever SUV and its second all-electric model after the Abarth 500e.

Based on the Fiat 600e, this new model will go head-to-head with the Cupra Born EV, aided by its Formula E-derived tyres and snazzy limited-slip differential.

What do we already know about the Abarth 600e?

a purple abarth 600e driving away from the cameraPictured above is the full-fat Scorpionissima launch edition – finished in Hypnotic Purple – that will be limited to just 1,949 units, making it rarer than most Ferrari supercars.

This trim gets a more aggressive look, with a large rear wing and revised front bumper to complete its sporty race car-like stance.

It may be an SUV, but Abarth has maintained the 600e's hot hatch driving style by sending all 240hp to the front wheels, which makes it the most powerful car it has ever produced.

To help put the power down, Abarth worked with Hankook – the Formula E tyre supplier – to create sticky rubber that it says "ensures maximum grip and guarantees excellent racing dynamics in all kinds of conditions”. This will also aid the car's overall electric range.

Other details are scarce at the time of writing, but Abarth has also confirmed the use of a limited-slip differential that will help to prevent wheelspin around corners.

Sam Sheehan, our motoring editor, said: "Abarth isn't letting the switch from turbo to electric power harm its image. In fact, when it comes to this 600e - which, we should remember, is based on a family-friendly, sensible crossover base - Abarth is making full use of additional punch offered by electric tech."

Price, battery and range of the Abarth 600e

the black interior of a purple abarth 600eThe Abarth 600e will likely use the same battery as in the standard Fiat version, which has a total capacity of 54kWh that's good for around 252 miles on a single charge, benefitting from up to 100kW fast charging.

However, the hot version will likely get fewer miles due to its performance setup.

Prices are yet to be announced, but based on its 500e sibling's £34,195 starting price, we'd expect the Abarth 600e to cost around £40,000.

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