Small engine, big pitch.

Italian automaker Fiat is using a new video to wax poetic about its TwinAir family of engines designed to boost performance in its smaller cars while cutting fuel use and emissions.

The three-plus-minute video, put together by Frame Communication, outlines the TwinAir engines, which range from 65 to 105 horsepower and include a turbocharged version as well as an option that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG).

Fiat says the TwinAir engines boost fuel economy and cut emissions by 30 percent compared to similarly-sized mills while providing as much as 120 horsepower per liter of displacement. The engines are adaptable to hybrid use as well.

Fiat and its Chrysler affiliate have been eschewing electric-drive powertrains as a method of boosting fleetwide fuel economy in favor of smaller, more technologically-advanced internal combustion engines. For example, in August Fiat unveiled the turbocharged 2013 version of its 500 compact. That model features a detuned version of its 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged inline-four, which boosts horsepower and torque by 34 horsepower and 52 pound-feet from the 2012's non-Abarth version, respectively.

You can see Fiat's video below.



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      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      Trying to get ahead of the reports of inflated mpg figures on US shores since they failed to do so in Europe?
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am continually amazed by how the companies that fought against CAFE MPG standards tooth & nail for so long have been suddenly able to come up with all these efficiency improvements now that electrified cars are approaching and oil prices rise.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Scion IQ still does better ;D
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring it to the US in the 500 as the base engine. 80-90% of drivers would never notice the decrease in power anyway and Chrysler/Fiat dealers would cream themselves for any advertisable mpg increase.
        Rotation
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        I doubt that will happen. The turbo TwinAir commands a noticeable price premium in Europe, I can't imagine it'll be cost-effective to make it a base engine in the US.
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 2013 Fiat 500(Manual 5-spd) is rated by the EPA at 34mpg, hardly revolutionary for a small car that requires premium gasoline. The automatic only manages 30mpg.
        winc06
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Even though you are talking about a completely different engine than the one in the article, to belittle the mileage of the one you seized upon by mistake when it equals what is considered to be be terrific mileage even in a diesel engine is just perverse.
        TPGIII
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Your numbers are NOT for the .9L TwinAir engine featured in this article.
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TPGIII
          The video talks about the whole family. I was confused too until I watched it. I don't like to watch videos if I can avoid it because it takes time and it's frowned upon at work.
      Scambuster
      • 2 Years Ago
      The legacy of Fiat will continue as this Fiat engine will self-destruct after 50k miles. That's why the American consumers kick Fiat's ass out of USA 40 years ago.
        Wm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Scambuster
        Still stuck in the 70?
      Brent Jatko
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the Alfa (?) version that appears at 2:33 of the video.
      Electron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Top Gear called the twinair 500 "the most fun way not to save any money". It's a great engine, but not actually that economical apparently, something other car reporters (more serious than Top Gear....) noticed too.
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