Abarth 600e Scorpionissima fully unveiled

Abarth 600e Scorpionissima fully unveiled Abarth 600e Scorpionissima fully unveiled
High-performance version of Fiat's 600e celebrates Abarth's anniversary.

Abarth has released fresh images of its new 600e performance SUV to celebrate 75 years of racing, tuning and manufacturing. The car was teased earlier this year with a single stylised image, but Abarth has now shown off images of the car on the road as it celebrates its 75th anniversary today.


Set to be launched this summer in Scorpionissima trim, the car gets a 240hp electric motor, which represents an uplift of around 85hp over the standard Fiat 600e. This makes the 600e Abarth the most powerful car yet.

That power will head to the road via a mechanical limited-slip differential and a set of specially designed tyres developed using technology from the Formula E electric race series.

The car will also come with a sound generator expected to be similar to that of the Abarth 500e. This generator will be controlled via a setting in the touchscreen. Abarth has also promised beefier brakes and a set of 20-inch alloy wheels.

No performance figures have been revealed as yet, but the car is expected to be significantly faster than the standard Fiat 600e.

Sporty style

Abarth's latest images confirm the design shown off originally, with the more aggressive styling that accentuates the performance credentials. Big grilles, a rear diffuser and a pronounced spoiler are joined by tweaked lights, glossy arches and big wheels, and Abarth's scorpion logo on the nose, wheels, tailgate and flanks.

Abarth has also launched the car in a bright Hypnotic Purple colour, in keeping with Fiat's commitment to stop selling grey cars in future.

Inside, Abarth has revealed a dark cockpit that reflects Abarth's motorsport heritage, although it's flecked with colour from the contrast stitching and Abarth's bespoke graphics on the dashboard. Sports seats provide support for the driver and passengers, while there's a sports steering wheel trimmed with Alcantara and leather.

Abarth has also fitted ambient lighting and a reskinned version of the 10-inch touchscreen navigation system that's fitted to the Fiat 600e. However, the full specification won't be revealed until the car is launched this summer.

75 not out

Abarth's story began on March 31, 1949, when the company took over the Cistalia race team, of which Carlo Abarth had been director. In 1952, the company began its long-standing relationship with Fiat, building the Abarth 1500 Biposto sports car using Fiat components. By 1957, Abarth had entered a proper deal with Fiat, and the Italian giant took over the company in 1971.

Since then, Abarth has made its name tuning and racing Fiat models from the old 500s and 131s to the more modern 500 and 124 Spider models. Perhaps the most famous of the brand's modern creations are the 595 and 695 models, based on the Fiat 500.

Now, though, the company has turned its attention to Fiat's electric models. It revealed the 500e at the tail end of 2022 and the 600e at the beginning of 2024.


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Published on March 31, 2024