Pumped up Italian hatch goes all Scrappy Doo with more power and lots of carbon.
Meet ‘Hercules,' the insane Abarth 595 from Pogea Racing.
Meet ‘Hercules,' the insane Abarth 595 from Pogea Racing
If you need a one-line summation of the new Pogea Racing ‘Hercules’, may we humbly defer to that titan of 1980s philosophy, Scrappy Doo: ‘Lemme at ‘em!’
It’s small, it’s mighty and chances are it won’t go unnoticed. Indeed, German tuner Pogea rightly points out the obvious visual differences between a standard Abarth 595 and Hercules.
All four arches have been ever-so-massively extended, plus it’s installed new side sills and panels, and new front and rear skirt trims. All the new components are manufactured from carbon fibre, available in a variety of options such as clear-coated, pre-painted, and other such hits. There’s even the option of those bonnet-mounted vents.
But what is grrr without vrrrr, right? Underneath, the 595’s 1.4-litre engine has been boosted in stages right the way up to 217bhp, courtesy of a very fancy new exhaust system with a downpipe that helps reduce engine compartment temps, and a new ECU. There’s also a healthy 258lb ft of torque, allowing Master Scrappy – sorry, Hercules – to reach 62mph in just 6.2s.
The suspension’s been upgraded to four-way adjustable KW coilovers, sports springs, and a lowered ride height (45mm lower than standard). Plus, the wheels match it’s bravado: 18 inchers wrapped in Michelins.
The price for the full kit – minus the car, obvs – is €18,810 plus VAT. All that’s missing is a ‘Puppy Power’ logo on the rear windscreen…