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2010-07-20 09:31
Fiat’s 900cc turbocharged TwinAir two-cylinder engine will be offered in South Africa in the 500 range.  

The innovative 63-kW engine is the first in a new line of two-cylinder engines made by Fiat. The new family will have outputs ranging from 48 to 78 kW and will, according to Fiat, emit 30% less CO2 emissions than an engine with similar outputs.

The 500 will be the first to adopt the new 63-kW engine mated to a Dualogic robotised gearbox or a manual gearbox. Its little turbo combines with the manufacturer’s MultiAir variable valve management system to keep response times – and power levels – up.

This engine endows the 500 with a top speed of 173 km/h and a 0 – 100 km/h time of 11 seconds. The fuel consumption and emissions readings are similarly pleasant; for the manual model they are quoted at 4.1 l/100 km and 95 g/km, respectively.

Two driving modes are offered – Eco and Normal.

In Normal mode, the engine has full use of its 145 Nm torque figure, while in Eco mode, which is perhaps more suited to cruising in city traffic, torque is limited to 100 Nm at 2 000 r/min to keep consumption down.  

Additional fuel saving tools for the TwinAir engine includes standard Start&Stop technology that temporarily shuts down the engine when idling and restarts it when the car is required to move, and a gear shift indicator suggesting the most efficient fuel use.

Fiat SA has confirmed that this innovative new engine will be available in the 500 from 2011.

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