When Fiat’s engineers were creating the 500 Abarth, some of them probably thought they’ve reached the limits of power. However, Pogea Racing, a German extensive tuning program, discovered what these engineers have missed, and thus produced the 405-horsepower (320 kW) 500 Abarth. Yes, this outrageous amount of power for such a small car is actually possible. The result is a vehicle the company likes to call the “Ares”. This much power is even paired with impressive aesthetics with its carbon fiber widebody kit containing the monstrous power from within.
The German tuning company uses the same a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the 500 Abarth into the Ares, but the engine modifications that they had to make in order to achieve 405 horsepower and 328 lb.-ft. of torque will help you understand why this particular vehicle is limited. Forged pistons, a bigger turbo, a new camshaft, reinforced valve springs, higher flow fuel injectors, and some parts to help improve cooling are just some of the few modifications that Pogea had to do to achieve their desired power. Moreover, so that the gearbox doesn’t fail due to the extra power, Pogea has also strengthened the innerworkings of the Ares with the help of a five-speed manual transmission housing, revised clutch, and aluminum flywheel.
During the introduction of the Ares to the press, its company founder, Eduard Pogea shared that there was hardly anything in the car that they left untouched over the 4 years that his team worked on this project.
Pogea even adds that the Ares has all the capacity to achieve an acceleration time of 4.1 seconds from 0 to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour). However, this reaction time may have been quicker except that the Ares has slipping issues with its front wheels. The German auto tuner also announced that the Ares is capable of achieving a top speed of 179 miles per hour, or equivalent to around 288 kilometers per hour. That’s quite a feat for such a small car, isn’t it?
Pogea has also made some modifications in the 500 Abarth’s body to help achieve its best performance ever. The German auto tuner changed its original bumpers, fenders, hood, mirror caps, and roof spoilers with carbon fiber ones. These body modifications have also increased its width by an additional 1.9 inches (48 millimeters) from its original stock. This particular show car has also been painted in a similar gray paint as that of the Lamborghini Reventon, while six-piston brake calipers and a KW Clubsport suspension have also been installed.
But wait, there’s more!
Pogea matches the aggressiveness of Ares’ powertrain and exterior with that of an equally aggressive interior. The Ares comes with leather-upholstered sport seats highlighted by a vibrant red trim, while a Pioneer infotainment system with Apple CarPlay support replaces the original of its 500 Abarth base.
Those who have an experience dealing with these sorts of outstanding creation should know that not everyone will be able to actually own one of it. Only five Ares units will be available, each of which selling at 58,500 Euros or more than $63,054 each. Prospective customers may also opt for an engine-upgrade only model priced at 21,000 Euros or $22,640. Plastic (instead of carbon fiber) exterior parts are also sold separately.