The 237-hp 600E Cross is the most powerful Abarth ever, but it sticks to front-wheel drive

The 237-hp 600E Cross is the most powerful Abarth ever, but it sticks to front-wheel drive

The facelifted version of Fiat’s new compact car has larger brakes as well as soft, grippy tires that were supposedly developed from experience gained in Formula E.

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    The 237-hp 600E Cross is the most powerful Abarth ever, but it sticks to front-wheel drive

by Chris Shelton

2 hours ago

    The 237-hp 600E Cross is the most powerful Abarth ever, but it sticks to front-wheel drive

Lancia isn’t the only Italian brand getting some much-needed love and attention from the suits at Stellantis. Abarth is also looking to expand and this hot version of the Fiat 600E crossover is the way it will do that.

Jointly developed by Abarth and Stellantis Motorsport, this SUV produces 237 hp (240 hp / 177 kW), which is significantly more than the 154 hp (115 kW / 156 hp) of the regular Fiat. . The 600e was introduced last year. It takes 9 seconds to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) but the extra Abarth muscle should bring that number down to the mid-6-second range.

Abarth’s announcement was big on bombastic waffles about having motorsport in the DNA, and short on details about the changes made to the Abarth-ize regular Fiat. We don’t know, for example, how many engines or driven wheels it has, or at least Abarth doesn’t say, and chose to just drop the clues instead. Despite the significant jump in power, the fact that Abarth refers to this version of the eCMP platform as “Performo-eCMP” and its assertion that the modifications ensure “excellent racing dynamics in all types of conditions” suggests that the tuned car may have gained a second engine on the axle. Rear, all-wheel drive in operation, there are no rear driveshafts visible in the photo below, just a simple beam axle.

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    The 237-hp 600E Cross is the most powerful Abarth ever, but it sticks to front-wheel drive

Teaser information reveals that the unnamed fast crossover comes with a “unique” limited-slip differential, which helps the front-wheel-drive chassis handle the extra power, and an upgraded braking system that features larger discs. The tires are also superior and Abarth claims to have been developed using experience gained in Formula E racing, although we suspect that series inspired the introduction of polyurethane which reduces perceived noise by a fifth.

The rubber features a softer compound that’s said to increase cornering grip, but presumably does so at the expense of electric range due to increased rolling resistance. The 600e donor car has a 54 kWh battery that will last for 249 miles (400 km), but if Abarth continues with the same package, it will be lucky to exceed 200 miles (320 km).

Abarth hasn’t revealed any photos of the interior (and only hidden photos of the exterior), but it says the seats provide race-style comfort and ergonomics by using four different foams, each optimized to support a different part of the body. . There’s no official word on when we might see the final production-ready car, or know its name, but it seems likely it will debut later this year in preparation for the 2025 model year’s arrival in showrooms.

We’ve included an image provided by Carscoops in the gallery below to show what we think an undisguised Abarth 600e could look like. This image is not endorsed by Stellantis.

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