The cute Fiat 500 equipped with the revolutionary Twin Air engine, presented at the Geneva, was officially inaugurated this fall, at Paris Motor Show 2010.
The new version of Fiat 500, equipped with a two-cylinder engine was firstly displayed at a special event in Valentino Park, Torino. The engine has only two cylinders and a displacement of 875 cc, but, thanks to a turbo system, is capable to release a maximum power of 85 hp/5.500 rpm, while the maximum torque has a value of 145Nm at just 1.900 rpm. There is also an ECO button, its use leading to a lower power of 77 hp and a torque of 100 Nm (for a lower consumption).
Moreover, the new Fiat Twin Air will be equipped with a new range of engines, which will release between 65 and 105 hp, but which will have a 43% lower consumption compared to other engines with similar power. This new unit will be provided with Start/Stop system, thus reducing the urban consumption by 12%. It is believed that Fiat 500 has a 4.9 litres/100km total fuel consumption on the city roads (with a manual gear-box) and also an almost unbelievable 4.6 litres/100 km fuel consumption in general.
In terms of performance, the manufacturers are optimistic: the toy car reaches 100km/h in just 11 seconds and has a maximum speed of 173 km/h-quite similar to the values of 1.4 version of 100 hp.
Twin Air Technology comes to demonstrate that the Otto engines can be economic and environmentally friendly, using ingenious conventional systems.
At Paris Motor Show, Fiat 500 can be admired with a unique look, its body being entirely covered by portraits. It was great to see such an innovative design on a legend, a collection toy car.
Fiat 500 TwinAir costs 12.900 euros in Germany, the top variant having a basic price of 16.900 euros.