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One of the icons of automotive history is the Fiat 500. During the economically-depressed postwar years it was a sort of Italian Model T, being cheap, efficient, and available. It was powered by 500cc two cylinder engine and put out a smoking (literally) 13 hp. Now Fiat is bringing back a new twin, but this time in a much more modern form. They are building a new family of engines that will be based on a 450 cc cylinder module. The whole family is based on the same combustion chamber design with variants ranging from the 900cc twin, up to a 3.6L V-8.

The twin will appear in Fiat's small cars beginning in 2010. Compared to the 13hp of the original 500, the new engines will have from 60hp up to 90-110hp in the most powerful versions. They will feature technologies like turbocharging, direct-injection, and a variable valve timing and lift system with no throttle. The new version of the Fiat 500, coming out in 2007, will get upgraded with the new engine in 2010. The current Fiat Panda also has 60hp but from a 1.2L engine. Fiat's plans also include 1.8L I-4, 2.7L V-6 and 3.6L V-8 variants although they haven't yet been approved for production.

[Source: Automotive News - subscription required]


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      • 5 Months Ago
      Fiat had the answere to present day fuel shortage and high prices with it's 500.
      What I don't understand is why everyone wants to fix something when it's not broken. Look at us now! Gas in short supply, prices through the roof and what happened to the 500?
      RC Rivenburgh
      USA
      • 5 Months Ago
      According to www.MicroCarMuseum.com the 4 cyl. Fiat 600, slightly larger than the 500, was the death knell for micro cars. It didn't cost much more and it had 4 cylinders and four seats.
      I love micro cars and I celebrate the arrival of the new Fiat 500. The old one is still very popular in Italy. As a promotion for the new 500 they got 500 of the old one together and parked them to form 500 and then took an photograph from the air.
      I saw a perfectly restored example of the old one at a classic car show a couple of weeks ago. I remember seeing them as a kid but I forgot how small they really were. They're tiny.
      • 5 Months Ago
      the new version of the fiat 500 is fantastic...so charming and stylish...and you can create your own version of the car in the official website, www.fiat500.com..the car will be out on the 15th september..it ll be a great success..surely..what do u think about it?
        • 5 Months Ago
        where can i find a 1959 or 60 fiat 2 cylinder automobile
      • 5 Months Ago
      Is the Fiat 500 still a production vehicle andis it availablee? If so, at what price and is it exportable.
      RC Rivenburgh