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9 July 2010

I rather save £12,000 and have a pair of rollerskates. Same amount of room, better built and more environmentally friendly.

9 July 2010

[quote crashbangwallop]

I rather save £12,000 and have a pair of rollerskates. Same amount of room, better built and more environmentally friendly.

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Add a couple of cans of red bull and i'm sure the performance will be similar too.

9 July 2010

Back to the future. This is how Fiat made its name with the Topolino, a cute car with a tiny engine, a ton of character, and great miles per gallon, only this time technology has advanced the engine a hundred fold. Congratulations!

9 July 2010

[quote Autocar]its ancestors have often featured low-priced twin-cylinder variants. [/quote]

No they haven`t. The Topolino always had a 4 cylinder engine and the 500 Nuevo always had a 2 cylinder engine, there were never any 2 cylinder VARIANTS. Instead of just writing something you think might be so, why not check?

9 July 2010

It is typically Italian maddening behaviour. Fiat now surely produce the best small engines in the world - 4cyl and below. They have sprinkled some real magic here.

Now surely it can't be that difficult to sprinkle some of that same magic on the rest of their cars i.e. chassis and interior - and to Alfa as well - the Guiletta is still dividing opinions - I would still choose a Golf 6.

Come on Fiat you can do it.

9 July 2010

[quote Lanciaman]Autocar is wrong: The Topolino always had a 4 cylinder engine and the 500 Nuevo always had a 2 cylinder engine, there were never any 2 cylinder VARIANTS.[/quote]The Fiat 500 (a 2-seater) was Fiat's engineering marvel, brilliant engineering, brilliant packaging, nicknamed the Topolino after Mickey Mouse, brought out in 1937, roughly the same time as the VW Beetle during times of severe austerity.

It had a five gallon tank, and offering 40 mpg could take its driver 200 miles between fills, a great plus in its day.

The engine is a 514 cc, 4 cylinder flat head. Top speed was about 58 mph, (some claim 65 mph) all a cool Italian needed to get from A to B. The generator puts out all of six-and-half amps! It's compact 13.5 litre engine must be the only one in existence where the generator is almost bigger than it! Engine and car are very simple, very basic.

For Fiat to install in its current model two cylinder engines but with superior horsepower and mpg than the original car is an inspired move - by doing so the company really is going back to its roots as a great builder of small cars.

9 July 2010

[quote Lanciaman]No they haven`t. The Topolino always had a 4 cylinder engine and the 500 Nuevo always had a 2 cylinder engine, there were never any 2 cylinder VARIANTS. Instead of just writing something you think might be so, why not check?[/quote] Woah - someone got out of bed on the wrong side this morning. Surely there are less aggressive and gratuitously unpleasant ways to point out something that might be factually incorrect. Courtesy costs nothing, sir.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

9 July 2010

[quote Los Angeles]It's 13.5 litre engine[/quote] I just tried to imagine what this must have been like - very funny !! I think you got the decimal point in the wrong place, maybe.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

9 July 2010

Amazing what you can do with such a small one said the actress to ...

9 July 2010

FIAT moving further ahead of the competition. I'd have this over a hybrid system any day.

Competance executes, character inspires

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