An all-electric Abarth 500 is coming and it will have a fake exhaust sound

Published on Mar 21, 2022 at 1:25 PM (UTC+4)
by Ben Welham

Last updated on May 19, 2022 at 5:32 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Kate Bain

An all-electric Abarth 500 is coming and it will have a fake exhaust sound

Abarth is set to launch its first all-electric vehicle based on the rapid hot hatch the tuning brand is known for fettling with.

It promises more power, sharper handling and even more outlandish looks – a trend that all EVs seem to adopt.

Exact performance details are not yet announced but it is expected to be above the current Fiat 500 EV in terms of on-road performance.

All versions of the 500 EV get a 42kWh battery that produces 116bhp, allowing for a 0-62mph time of nine seconds and a 93mph top speed.

As for range, the standard 500 EV has a WLTP of 199 miles but with some Abarth performance upgrades, we reckon it will be less than this.

However, Abarth’s electric 500 will need a significant boost in power to match another upcoming retro hot hatch – the 215bhp Renault 5-based Alpine R5.

And excitingly, the Italian tuning company might even be giving the performance EV a fake exhaust note.

It could either sound like a Formula E race car or something that replicates the sound of an Abarth 500 – through a speaker of course.

Since Fiat no longer makes an ICE 500, Abarth doesn’t have a choice but to mess around with all-electric models, but the results could be incredible.

# Tags - Abarth, Car News, Cars, EV


user

Ben Welham

Ben is a freelance motoring journalist who studied Journalism and previously produced daily content at DriveTribe. He has a worrying obsession with Tudor watches, and his dream car is the Porsche GT3 Touring.