Abarth has released new images of the hot 600e crossover as part of its 75th anniversary celebrations.

The Italian performance brand's second electric car - based on the Fiat 600e - was first unveiled a few weeks ago, but these new shots give a better look at its aggressive bodykit, bright purple paint and bespoke styling cues ahead of its full debut this summer.

Previously shown only from the front, the Ford Puma ST rival's rear end has now been fully revealed, sporting a chunky roof spoiler and a large track-inspired diffuser with Abarth's scorpion logo.

The interior has also been revealed. Like the smaller Abarth 500e, it is essentially identical to that of the Fiat on which it is based, but with a number of sport-inspired additions that hint at its performance credentials.

There are prominent Abarth graphics on the dashboard, contrasting stitching on the sports seats and another scorpion on the Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel. The infotainment display also features Abarth-specific displays and menus.

The hot 600e will feature the same external sound generator as the 500e, but with a "convenient point" to turn it on and off, rather than scrolling through the gauge cluster menus as in the smaller car.

The 600e is described as 'fiercely competitive and powerful'. It will be the most powerful car based on Abarth parent company Stellantis's e-CMP2 platform, with 240 hp sent through the front axle.

Abarth has not yet provided any performance figures. However, we can be certain that it will outperform the Fiat it is based on, with a 0-100 km/h time of approximately 6.0 seconds.

Abarth has already confirmed that the car is fitted with a limited-slip differential and performance tyres. Full technical specifications will be given at the car's debut. The images of the car drifting on a race track imply an overt focus on dynamic engagement.

These tyres were developed in partnership with Formula E rubber supplier Hankook. They have been designed to provide maximum grip and excellent racing dynamics in all conditions, while also improving the range of electric vehicles.

The hot 600e is likely to be powered by the same 51kWh (usable) battery as the standard model, but its dramatically increased reserves will no doubt trim the range from 405 km to nearer the 320-km mark.

The Scorpionissima launch edition, shown here in Hypnotic Purple, will be produced in just 1949 units.

Source: Abarth

Евгений Ушаков
Evgenii Ushakov
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