Fiat is not a newcomer in the auto industry, but rather one of the pioneers in car building – Italy’s main car manufacturer. Now, along with the crisis, the purchase of Chrysler and the upcoming electric vehicle trend, Fiat is also focusing on making older technologies better.
TwinAir is the name of their new engine project: it has 2 cylinders, 0.9 liters and an amazing 85 HP.
But what’s even more amazing about this motor is that it brags a 57 mpg fuel consumption and that it’s going onto one of their most beloved platforms: the Fiat 500 (cinquecento). This is more or less equivalent to a 1.4 liter, 16-valve gasoline engine having the same power, but consuming 30% more.
The eco figures don’t stay behind: the TwinAir only emits 90 grams of carbon dioxide pe kilometer, greening out Toyota Prius, which, although emits 1 gram less CO2, has a lot of technology built in. Building all the complex systems and the batteries requires CO2 emitted by the factories and pollution, in general.
It’s fair to say that the Prius is greener than other cars, but less green than a small cinquecento emitting 1 gram of CO2 more. Even more, the car will have an ECO button that, if pushed, will decrease the torque capabilities and fuel consumption.
The TwinAir motor could also be used on Volt-like platforms, and in all sorts of hybrids, increasing its efficiency. The proposed Fiat 500 will do 0 to 60 in about 11 seconds, which is not bad at all for a 0.9 L engine. We have also featured an article about a hybrid version of Fiat 500, exhibited in Vienna this spring.