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2017 Fiat 500 Abarth Ares by Pogea Racing

2017 Fiat 500 Abarth Ares by Pogea Racing

This is the souped up Fiat 500 that we’ve all been waiting for

The Fiat 500 Abarth is a cute little ride, isn’t it? It certainly looks the part of one, but being cute and cuddly isn’t the only thing appealing about the 500. It’s also understatedly customizable, which is why we’ve seen so many special edition iterations of the car, not to mention tuning programs from some of the best tuners in the business. Pogea Racing counts itself in the latter group, and it has a real doozy of a kit for the 500 that gives the subcompact hatchback an output of 405 horsepower and 328 pound-feet of torque. Seems fitting then that Pogea Racing has dubbed this creation as “Ares,” after the Greek god of war. This Fiat 500 Abarth is ready to rumble with the best of them.

The program has more than just a fancy name and ridiculous power at its disposal. It also has an extensive menu of carbon fiber parts for the exterior, a well-dressed interior that brings some life to the hatchback’s cabin, and suspension upgrades to help the car’s 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder handle all that extra power.

The bad news is that this isn’t a program that Pogea Racing is producing in big quantities. On the contrary, the tuner only plans to build five such 500 Ares models and the cost of building one doesn’t come cheap. The upgrades to the engine alone cost more than the car itself so you can imagine what the whole thing will fetch for, donor car and all.

Then again, a 405-horsepower Fiat 500 Abarth doesn’t come cheap, nor should it.

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2017 Fiat 124 Spider Europa

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Europa

Italian automaker celebrates iconic nameplate in style

The Fiat 124 Spider may be a new car on the surface, having first been introduced at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. But there’s more to the lightweight two-door roadster than what meets the eye. For instance, the 124 Spider may consider the Mazda MX-5 Miata as a direct rival, but the two so-called competitors have more in common than people think, including the fact that they share the same underpinnings. Here’s another surprising fact about the 124 Spider: it wasn’t supposed to exist. Yep, the framework that led to the development of the 124 Spider was supposed to be for an Alfa Romeo roadster. But FCA, owners of both Fiat and Alfa Romeo, ultimately decided to give it to the Fiat. And so, the Fiat 124 Spider was born.

Today, the 124 Spider has been a busy sports car for Fiat. It’s been featured numerous times in various special edition variants. That now includes two versions of the car that will be on hand at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. One of those models is the Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione, which our colleague Jonathan Lopez featured a few days ago. The other is this one: the Fiat 124 Spider Europa.

Developed to celebrate the launch of the original, Pininfarina-designed 124 Spider that swept many enthusiasts off their feet back in 1981, the 124 Spider Europa gets its fair share of unique features, not the least of which is a body finish that Fiat describes as the “ultimate color that identifies Italian sporty two-seaters.” The special edition roadster also gets components from Mopar and a slew of exclusive touches that have been thrown in to highlight the car’s celebratory special edition status.

All these items add up to create an impressive two-door roadster that does its predecessor and its legacy proud.

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Mopar Is Already Making The New 500 Unique

Mopar Is Already Making The New 500 Unique

It’s been about a week since Fiat unveiled the refreshed 2016 Fiat 500, and the folks over at Mopar have already introduced a line of accessories for Italy’s neo-retro hatch. As usual, we’re talking about "more than 100 specific accessories" that can be used to customize the 500 in many ways. The opportunities are manifold, and allow buyers to take home personalized cars.

Customers can choose between three exterior Sport packs. Dubbed Black, Red and White, each adds a colored stripe along the beltline of the car, as well as matching mirror caps. Additionally, the roof and mirror caps can be wrapped in a choice of five wrapping films, including Microcarbon Black, Matt Silver, Matt Titanium, Military Green and Jeans. Other exterior parts include an array of alloy rims in different designs and sizes (14- to 16-inch), side badges, chrome-plated moldings for the roof and rear spoiler, and a tailgate rack for transporting winter sports equipment like skis and snowboards.

Interior options might not be as varied, but include sporty goodies such as aluminum pedal covers and foot rest and steel kick plates. Buyers can also opt for customized carpet mats and accessories like a coat hanger on the front head restraint.

But wait, there’s more...

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2015 Fiat 500X By Mopar

2015 Fiat 500X By Mopar

Launched in 2007, the new Fiat 500 marked the return of the company’s tiny economy car as a full lineup of vehicles that now incorporates various body styles and engines. Featuring a distinctive, retro appearance similar to the new Mini Cooper and Volkswagen New Beetle, the modern-day 500 expanded to include the 500C convertible, the wagon-like 500L, the all-electric 500E and the high-performance 500 Abarth. The 2015 model brought the 500X, a compact crossover that allows the Italians to explore a brand-new segment. Developed alongside the 2015 Jeep Renegade and unveiled with a host of gasoline and diesel engines, the 500X now follows into the footsteps of the 500L by receiving a range of aftermarket Mopar parts and accessories.

The 500X aims to compete against the Mini Countryman in a more elaborate fashion in an era in which having as many custom options as possible is what draws customers into dealerships. The accessories are available to both American and European markets, enabling the 500X to join its rebodied Renegade sibling as the latest Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicle to join Moparized ranks.

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2015 Fiat 500L Custom

2015 Fiat 500L Custom

A few years ago it was rather impossible to picture Mopar accessories on a vehicle that’s not part of the Chrysler Group. That’s no longer an issue now that the Pentastar is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the Fiat 500 is a common presence across the United States. The 500 is as customizable as a Dodge Challenger through Mopar’s shop, and although you shouldn’t expect to see a Shaker hood on the tiny Italian, Chrysler’s parts, service and customer care division has plenty of packages in store for the hatchback and its derivatives.

The 500L Custom is one of them and, just like the 500 Abarth Scorpion, it will be showcased during the 2014 SEMA Show as a concept vehicle. Although not as aggressive as the Scorpion, the utilitarian 500L reaches a new dimension in its Custom trim thanks to Mopar’s focus on blending Italian design with West Coast culture. The Custom Concept is both modern and traditional, featuring a two-tone paint scheme including a flashy share of red, a lowered suspension and many bespoke body features. It’s an interesting approach for a vehicle that otherwise is regarded as a stylish and somewhat cute crossover. Read on for the full details.

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2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Scorpion

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Scorpion

The Fiat 500 Abarth is headed to the 2014 SEMA Auto Show looking nastier than it’s ever been thanks to Mopar and its showcase piece for the 500 Abarth. The model is aptly called the 500 Abarth Scorpion, and like the name implies, it offers a lethal dose of aftermarket sting for the Italian sports hatchback.

The tuning concept features a load of exterior and interior styling tweaks, the kind that Mopar created to present the 500 Abarth in a more aggressive light. The result is pretty impressive, especially for a car whose size doesn’t do justice to its impressive performance capabilities. The exterior upgrades create a sporty and stylish tone for the program, highlighted by the massive Abarth Scorpoion logo prominently plastered on the vehicle’s hood. The two-tone red-and-white finish is a highlight in its own right, but it’s hard to overthrow the visual dominance of that Abarth Scorpion logo. Once people see it, they’ll know that this isn’t just a middling city car that’s happy to smile for the cameras. The 500 Abarth Scorpion is as deadly on the road as its predatory arthropod namesake is out in the wilderness.

Give proper credit to Mopar for proudly showing the tuning possibilities of the 500 Abarth Scorpion. Maybe after showing it at SEMA, the group will ride that wave of attention and churn out some actual production versions of the 500 Abarth Scorpion. It might be wishful thinking at this point, but don’t put it past Fiat if it means more love coming the 500 Abarth’s way.

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2014 Fiat 500L Adventurer

2014 Fiat 500L Adventurer

The Fiat 500L is probably not the first - or tenth - vehicle you’d associate with accompanying you on your off-road travails.

But that’s the beauty of a show like SEMA; you see cars turned into something you wouldn’t have accepted and they’re all the better for it!

That’s the case with this Mopar-tuned Fiat 500L, called the Adventurer.

One look at its name and you immediately recognize that this 500L wasn’t built to be a city-dweller, like the standard model is supposed to be. Yet you see that the crossover is pretty versatile in it of itself because the 500L Adventurer looks one heck of a rugged hell raiser.

The 500L Adventurer also has a performance upgrade, thanks to a new Mopar cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust. No word yet on how much of an output increase it’ll have, but we’re preparing ourselves for a significant increase in performance.

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MOPAR Goes All Out For SEMA With 20+ Concepts

MOPAR Goes All Out For SEMA With 20+ Concepts

If there is one show that really brings the best out of Chrysler’s MOPAR tuning division, it is SEMA in Las Vegas.

Topping its past SEMA showcar roster, it looks like Mopar is once again pretty busy developing the models it will display in Las Vegas during the 2013 SEMA Show.

This year Mopar will bring no less than 20 heavily modified models, coming from Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT. Plus a few buyer customers from Chrysler’s Facebook challenge prize-winners.

The first teaser images revealed today show:

an updated Jeep Cherokee in various flavors some hot Fiat 500’s a Mopar Ram 1500 and the latest look for the Mopar Chrysler 300.

Those of you whom will be in Las Vegas this year will also have the chance to take a first look at the latest Jeep Performance Parts, developed by Mopar Off-Road Division and even for sale in many Jeep dealers.

The 2013 SEMA will open its door on November 5th, but stay tuned for all the pre-show news!

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Dart Slingshot - the model that made quite a sensation last year at SEMA.

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Castagna Milano Bringing Fiat 500 Tender2 to America

Castagna Milano Bringing Fiat 500 Tender2 to America

The Fiat 500 isn’t exactly what you’d call a sexy car; far from it, actually. Cute, yes, but not sexy…

But even with its rather simplistic design, the 500 is still an attractive car. In fact, it’s attractive enough for Italian design house, Castaga Milano, to build a unique, beach-ready design called the Tender2.

First introduced back in 2008, the 500 Tender2 is now headed to the U.S. and it has a number of new updates to go with the unique set of features it already had.

As the first car Castagna Milano is shipping to the US in almost 60 years, the one-off designed 500 Tender2 is quite a doozy of a compact hatchback. It’s been chopped up and rebuilt to look like a beach comber, complete with a yacht-like wood veneer, champagne cooler, narrow wood decks in place of doors, a pair of touchscreen units and, apparently, a shower.

It also features an electrically operated ladder in the rear and a bespoke luggage set, ensuring that this one-off creation remains as such: a dynamic one-of-a-kind.

A big congratulations to the man, Bert Dewik, who decided to have this 500 built. He reportedly paid quite a pretty penny for it to the tune of $104,000. But for the chance of owning a car nobody will ever have, we’d say that’s a pretty good deal.

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2013 Fiat 500 Sportivo by Hamann

2013 Fiat 500 Sportivo by Hamann

Body-kit-bearing vehicles are usually a little too tacky for our liking, but German tuner extraordinaire Hamann Motorsports was able to create a program for the Fiat 500 that is centered around a body kit that actually looks pretty good.

Actually, the program is much more extensive than just slapping on those new body panels. You’ll notice that there’s also a new front bumper unit that comes with a pair of LED daytime running lights, a welcome addition to the 500, if you ask us. There are also new side skirts, new fender extensions, a new rear bumper unit, a set of 18-inch Design "Largo Forged" Anodized wheels wrapped in FA 215/35R18 and RA 225/35R18 tires.

Our inquisitive minds also found out that the program also comes with a new Sportivo suspension-lowering kit, a sport rear muffler with quad tail pipes, and an engine upgrade that involves ECU remaps for both the 1.3 Multijet 16V Diesel model and the 1.4i 16V that increase the output from 75 horsepower and 107 pounds-per-feet of torque, and 101 horsepower and 97 pounds-per-feet of torque to 90 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 136 pounds-per-feet of torque at 1,750 rpm and 112 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 108 pounds-per-feet of torque at 4,250 rpm, respectively. To rein in this power, Hamann added in a set of 11-inch rotors squeezed by a set of four-piston calipers.

For the more powerful 500 Abarth, Hamann is offering a Power Kit HS I engine upgrade that bumps up the output to 160 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 210 pounds-per-feet of torque at 3,700 rpm.

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2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cinquone Stradale by Romeo Ferraris

2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cinquone Stradale by Romeo Ferraris

European aftermarket companies rarely make the trip to Las Vegas to get into the mix at the SEMA Auto Show, opting for the geographically more convenient Essen, Germany to show their wares at the Essen Motor Show.

Yet every so often, an exception jumps into the fray. Italian aftermarket company Romeo Ferraris is taking the long distance approach by presenting Fiat 500 Abarth Cinquone Stradale USA Tribute model.

As the name suggests, the model is paying homage to the good ol’ Stars and Stripes and serves as the Italian tuner’s entry into the U.S. market. That’s quite a way to make a splash, if we do say so ourselves.

As far as the car itself, it certainly looks like Romeo Ferraris taken the American tribute pretty seriously. The 500 Cinquone Stradale USA Tribute was dressed in red, white, and blue accents, complete with a new widebody kit that includes a ventilated hood, modified bumpers, a refreshed side skirt, extended fenders, and a set of Romeo Ferraris alloy wheels with a Brembo brake system.

The interior was also treated to the full race regalia, including a roll bar, an extinguisher, a helmet storage compartment, a pair of Recaro monocoque sports front seats, four-point belts, leather and Alcantara with red stitching on the cover of the passenger compartment, and a carbon dash.

Under its hood, the 500 Cinquone Stradale USA Tribute packs quite a punch too, thanks to a 1.4-liter engine that drops 235 horsepower. There are a number of mechanical upgrades added into the mix, particularly a sports air filter, a sports mid-pipe, an empowered turbine, a front intercooler, a clutch kit, and a fuel pressure regulator.

That’s only the beginning. There are also new injectors, special pistons and camshafts, Romeo Ferraris synthetic engine oil for competition, an adjustable coilover kit,

It’s not the 300-horsepower capabilities of the Euro model, but with a car of its stature 235 is plenty enough for us.

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2013 Fiat 500 Cafe Racer

2013 Fiat 500 Cafe Racer

To hear the term “Café Racer” placed on a four-wheeled vehicle may seem odd, as it is typically reserved for a stripped-down-for-speed motorcycle, but the Fiat 500 is so tiny that it almost fits. At the 2012 SEMA show, Fiat unveiled yet another concept version of its 500 model, and it bears that exact name: Café Racer.

The details are still incomplete yet, but Fiat has released a video on the Interwebz laying out what to expect. The Fiat 500 Café Racer will have all of its attention turned toward weight savings and aerodynamics. Adding to the aerodynamics of the 500’s body includes installing a set of lowering springs and chopping about 4 inches off of the 500’s overall height, giving airflow a much shorter path to the back end.

In terms of weight savings, Fiat installed aftermarket lightweight rims, shaved the door handles, installed Lexan glass, and even trimmed the exhaust system down to a side-exit setup. On the inside, Fiat stripped the 500 down to basically only the things you need to drive the car, leaving only a pair of very small, bomber-style seats up front.

In-tow behind the 500 will be a Café Racer motorcycle that dons the same silver paint job as its Fiat 500 tow vehicle. Hm, a Fiat 500 towing something; that’s a novel and almost funny concept in itself…

We are certain that there are plenty more modifications that will be announced at SEMA, so keep an eye out.

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