Fiat TwinAir two-cylinder: the figures

July 13, 2010 § 1 Comment

Fiat’s two-cylinder TwinAir engine goes on sale in the 500 this September, and more detail of this lively little ‘un has been revealed. The 875cc unit – the only two-pot to be sold in a car in the world apart from Tata’s 673cc, 33bhp engine in the Nano – develops 85bhp, returns 69mpg and emits just 92g/km of carbon dioxide when fitted with an automated manual gearbox; with a five-speed manual, it returns 67mpg and 95g/km.

Two further iterations will be offered, a normally-aspirated 65bhp and a more highly-turbocharged 115bhp. The TwinAir engine will be available in the new-generation Panda and Lancia Ypsilon next year, before joining other Fiat/Lancia and Alfa Romeo model-ranges; Fiat has the capacity to make 450,000 of these engines a year at its plant in Poland.

Further into the future, a mild hybrid version with a new dual-clutch transmission is under development; this is said to give carbon dioxide emissions below 80g/km (Automotive News Europe).

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