Fiat and Abarth have done a pretty good job of making the Fiat 500 desirable. High performance versions like the 695 Tributo Ferrari, 695 Tributo Maserati and 695 Biposto certainly help boost its image, but Abarth/Alfa Romeo tuner Pogea may have outdone the factory experts themselves with their new 500 Abarth Ares.
Incredibly, Pogea has managed to squeeze a potent 404 horsepower and 328 lb-ft of torque out of the 1.4-liter turbocharged Fiat engine, though hardly any stock parts are left. The tuner has installed forged pistons, a new connecting rod, enlarged exhaust valves, a bigger turbocharger, a new crankshaft, a racing camshaft and reinforced the engine block, just to name a new of the major changes. It’s all backed up by a beefed up drivetrain with an aluminum mass flywheel, reinforced transmission housing, revised transmission cooling and a dual-plate clutch. In turn, the Ares will sprint from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and reach jaw dropping top speed of 180 mph.
The Ares looks just as good as it goes, in our opinion, with a tastefully styled carbon fiber widebody kit, carbon fiber rear hatch spoiler and hood and 18-inch Pogea wheels shod in wide 18/215 Michelin Pilot Sport tires. The interior is also reupholstered in red and black diamond stitch leather leather and features a Pioneer head unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Pogeo is asking €58,950 for an Ares all in, or about $63,000, which isn’t so bad when you consider the fact that a Biposto is already the equivalent of about €38,000. but Pogea says they’ll only make five of them, however, so if you want in you’d better act fast.