I’m going on record as saying the Fiat 500 Abarth is one of my favorite hot hatches of all time. Go ahead, make fun. I get it, and you won’t understand until you drive one. Jeremy Clarkson said it best, saying “In many ways, it reminds me of the original Golf GTI. It’s just a genuinely good, small, fast car.” I would have to wholeheartedly agree with that stance. Driving an Abarth you instantly realize 160hp is adequate power for such a small car. Yet the maniacs at Pogea Racing decided they want much, much more.
Pogea Racing has a knack for building exquisitely modified vehicles. The German based company takes pride in doing everything in-house, even taking on the burden of manufacturing their own wheels. With an emphasis on tuning, they have established a culture of getting the most out of each and every engine that comes into their shop. So it’s no surprise that when they decided to build a Fiat 500 Abarth they also decided on using the same displacement of 1.4-liters. And the end product? A meager 404bhp with 328ft-lbs of torque. Holy mother of boost. The 3-pint-sized engine is nothing close to stock, housing forged internals and a completely new valve-train make it a mean little bugger. The turbo has been swapped for a larger unit to push more air. The cooling system was also upgraded to keep things in check. All these upgrades result in the Ares from Pogea Racing to make a massive 244horsepower and 158ft-lbs of torque over a stock Abarth. That is absolutely ludicrous and I love it.
With such a drastic power difference the little Italian wouldn’t settle for anything less than the best when it came to the rest of its build. This was a 4-year process after all. To keep from blowing up at half throttle, the 5-speed transmission housing was beefed up as well as the clutch and flywheel. Kill the tires, not the gears.
“In order to realize this project, hardly a screw remained untouched over the 4 years of development,” a direct quote from company founder, Eduard Pogea. This is most evident just by looking at this insane Fiat. Gone are its cute as a button looks, instead replaced by carbon and vents from every angle. The stance is now almost 2 inches wider thanks to the gorgeous wide body kit. The Ares is also fitted with KW Clubsport suspension and 6 piston brakes for those times you need to keep it in check. With enough carbon-fiber that would make even a Lamborghini jealou,s it was only fitting that Pogea finished the body in Lambo Reventon Gray. Bold move Pogea, bold move.
All of these modifications will net you a 0-60 speed of 4.7 seconds and a massive top speed of 188mph. By today’s supercar standards that’s not much. But you may be forgetting that this is all coming from a car with a 1.4-liter engine. AND if you have ever driven a standard Abarth you will quickly realize how insane those number sound. Fun, yes, but also completely daft. I must have one.
Paired like a fine wine, the interior is almost as boisterous as the exterior. The racing seats are now beautifully wrapped in black and red leather. The doors are also leather, featuring a gorgeous checker pattern that makes you briefly wonder if this Abarth is part Bugatti. All in all the Ares is a stunning take on an already cool little hatch, stirring the inner maniac in all of us. But you’ll have to be quick, there will be only a grand total of 5 Ares built. At around $65,000 a piece, they are sure to go fairly quick. Pun intended.