Say hello to the Abarth 595 Hercules, a sports car crammed into a hot-hatch

That’s one mean looking Fiat 500.

The Fiat 500 is a popular city car in Europe – and for car enthusiasts, we’re all aware that the marque offers an Abarth variant. Although the latest Abarth 500 has received an increase in power, its this specific tuned example of the 595 from German tuner Pogea Racing that has really taken the 500 to the next level.

Whereas the standard Fiat 595 Competizione has 132kW from its 1.4-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine, Pogea Racing has driven the power output up to 162kW and as a result, 0-100km/h can be achieved in a reasonable 6.2 seconds.

The power increase comes down to a remapped ECU, a new custom exhaust system with opening and closing flaps and a 200 cell turbo downpipe.

The tuner has tweaked other elements of the 595 as well, including 18-inch forged wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, and adjustable coilovers that lowers the ride height by an impressive 4.5 centimetres.

If you havent noticed already, Pogea Racing has quite substantially tweaked the exterior too, with an aggressive carbon fibre bodykit which adds many new exterior parts including a new vented hood, wide fenders, new side skirts and the addition of a large rear wing. All these parts are available in clear coat, forged carbon, honeycomb or camouflage finishes.

Pricing for the entire kit sits at a hefty €18,810 (A$29,500) and includes all aforementioned parts, however excludes the donor car – the €17,000 (or in Australia A$38,000) 595 Competizione. While expensive, the kit provides an all-round upgrade to the Abarth to turn this small Italian stallion from a hot hatch into a hardcore looking, and better performing sports car.

Would you purchase this kit for the 595?

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