• Jun 30, 2010
Fiat 500 Ferrari Dealers Edition by Pogea Racing – Click above for high-res image gallery

Soon enough, we Americans will be able to feast upon the Forbidden Fruit that is the Fiat 500. Will we get the hotted-up Abarth models? That remains to be seen, but one thing's for sure, we're super duper jealous of the hotter hatch that the folks at Pogea Racing have created – the 500 Ferrari Dealers Edition which boasts more power (a lot more power, actually) all wrapped in a too-cute (but still somehow menacing) package.

The Pogea team starts with a 500 Abarth, which in standard form produces 160 horsepower and 169 pound-feet of torque. From there, a new turbocharger, exhaust system, downpipe and catalytic converter have been added, meaning that the tiny Fiat now cranks out a whopping 264 hp and 243 lb-ft. Staggering numbers for a car that's smaller than a Mini Cooper. To tame all of that extra grunt, larger brakes have been added that reduce braking distance by about six feet, though the new stoppers are identical in weight to the standard Abarth setup.

Yes, we want one. In fact, we'll take two. Scroll through the gallery below to see dozens of high-resolution photos, and follow the jump to read Pogea Racing's (translated) press release.



[Source: Pogea Racing]
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The mighty Italian - Fiat 500 FERRARI DEALERS EDITION with 268 PS

When there is a new project at Pogea Racing, one can be absolutely sure that everything is well studied to the smallest detail.

The hardest part of the development process was to avoid using a separate Tuning Box Unit. Unlike other "tuners", Pogea Racing starts with the OEM ECU of the Fiat 500 Abarth, instead of relying on a separate controller unit. Pogea Racing develops the software data to work directly with the vehicle's ECU. This assures that instructions that are sent from the ECU direct all normal functions of the car properly. An auxiliary unit cannot control all functions, and will ignore the vehicle's ECU's commands. Herein lies the principal difference between Pogea Racing's development and other Tuners.

Pogea Racing chose a very rare model, the Fiat 500 FERRARI DEALERS EDITION of Abarth. The standard engine is already relatively strong, coming with 165PS and 230Nm. Pogea Racing increases the performance of the small Italian model by adding 100hp on top of the standard engine, producing 268PS and 330 Nm total power. The Pogea Racing model was also measured and developed on one of the most modern all-wheel drive dynamometers. To get this power out of the mighty Italian car, they changed the exhaust system and replaced it with a larger stainless steel exhaust system, modified downpipe, and a new catalytic converter. The tailpipes can be chosen by the customer from many available Designs.

Power comes from the new hybrid turbocharger from Pogea Racing. Currently, there are two turbocharger variants that the customer can choose from. To add cooling to both the intake air, and to lower the combustion temperature, a modified Intake cooling system was created. A center-mount, larger, more efficient intercooler replaces the two smaller original intercoolers. Additional air is being pumped into the engine compartment to cool the accessories via the carbon fiber parts of the Assetto Corse. Fuel injection is optimized by changing fuel pressure valves and using upgraded Bosch fuel injectors.

For increased stopping power Pogea Racing upgraded the OEM Brake system with their 4-piston brake assembly. This detail is very important to Pogea Racing, and they developed a brake system with identical weight to the OEM brake system, but about 1,8m reduced braking distance when compared to the OEM brakes. You can round up the entire kit with TÜV Approval and with an optional warranty for engine, turbo, and transmission. Pogea Racing completes its tuning work exclusively at their headquarters in the center at the Bodensee.

Apart from the performance cure Pogea Racing also offers Assetto Corse Parts as legal TÜV Approved Parts dealer in Germany for the current models. The parts come directly from the factory in Italy. So now your Fiat can become optically at least a large Ferraristi, or even an image of the 100 PS Assetto Corse. Pogea Racing has other services; leather work, individual suspension systems, and carbon fiber parts can also be part of your individualization. Now there is one tuning company which makes just about everything for your little Italian. Prices for the smallest Change begin at 3400€.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      C'Mon guys, remember all the excitement about the Turbo Charged New Beatle?
      *dramatic pause*
      Neither do I. One thousand Prancing Horse badges can't save this car from how clowny it looks.
      Please excuse me while I poor myself a glass of edelzwicker, grab my fillet mignon and turn my flat panel to...NASCAR! Didn't you hear, the Ford Mustang COT debuts this weekend in the Nationwide Series. YEEEEEEE DOGGGIES!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Theres an actual fiat 500 US blog out there with a mega-wealth of info..google for it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jeez, can anyone say "Grenade!!!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if the blade is easy to change?
        • 4 Years Ago
        That seriously cracked me up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Patrick - FWIW we _ARE_ getting 170hp abarth's in the US!

      confirmed!
      http://fiatamerica.net/content/500-abarth-gets-more-power-us
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone went a little crazy with the fisheye lense! Cmon, a couple of those pictures are cool but this is ridiculous...
      • 4 Years Ago
      God I can't wait till this car gets here, proves to be the pos that it is, and autoblog can then stfu about it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can't wait till this car gets here so I can get one and also in tiny part to see you eat your words. Although something tells me you will never be convinced no matter the reviews and praises.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hop back into your truck why don't ya?

        Some people are very much looking forward to small cars finally coming to the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Amen brahh!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why don't you SFTU up and go back to jabbing gom? Have you ever driven one to call it a POS? Oh look!: There's a NASCAR race one! Now go get yerself some beef jerkey, some Pabst Blue Ribbon and grab your cutest cousin to watch the race.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks really cool, but sounds like why to much power for such a light front wheel drive car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i like the lil LEDs its got to make it look angry
      • 4 Years Ago
      Torque steer!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Huh huh, Rod said 'torque steer'... huh huh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      for a second there i thought the license plate said "poser racing"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats a certified 11-second ride.

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