Meet ‘Hercules’, Pogea Racing’s mad Abarth 595 – Top Gear

If you require a one-line summation of the brand-new Pogea Racing ‘Hercules’, might we humbly accept that titan of 1980s philosophy, Scrappy Doo: ‘Lem me at ’em!

It’s small, it’s mighty and possibilities are it won’t go undetected. German tuner Pogea rightly points out the apparent visual differences between a basic Abarth 595 and Hercules.

All four arches have been ever-so-massively extended, plus it’s installed brand-new side sills and panels, and brand-new front and rear skirt trims. All the brand-new parts are manufactured from carbon fibre, offered in a variety of choices such as clear-coated, pre-painted, and other such hits. There’s even the option of those bonnet-mounted vents.

What is grrr without vrrrr? Below, the 595’s 1.4-litre engine has actually been improved in phases right the way as much as 217bhp, courtesy of a very expensive brand-new exhaust system with a downpipe that helps decrease engine compartment temperatures, and a new ECU. There’s also a healthy 258lb ft of torque, permitting Master Scrappy– sorry, Hercules– to reach 62mph in just 6.2 s.

The suspension’s been updated to four-way adjustable KW coilovers, sports springs, and a decreased flight height (45mm lower than requirement). Plus, the wheels match it’s blowing: 18 inchers wrapped in Michelins.

The price for the full set– minus the vehicle, obvs– is EUR18,810 plus VAT. All that’s missing is a ‘Puppy Power’ logo design on the rear windshield …

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