Fiat has launched its innovative Fiat 500 TwinAir in Ireland. The two-cylinder engine is 10 percent lighter than the four-cylinder 1.2-litre and shaves 30kg in weight from the car in total.
It is 23 percent shorter than the four-cylinder 1.2-litre engine, which will allow for packaging of a hybrid powertrain in the near future.
The new engine has significantly lower emissions, at 95g/km with a manual transmission and 92g/km with the Dual Logic clutchless transmission.
The two-cylinder petrol engine puts out 85hp and 145Nm of torque. The 0-100km/h sprint takes 11 seconds and there is a top speed of 173km/h.
The TwinAir starts at €14,295, which is €1,600 more than the 1.2-litre 8v version. Fiat expects about ten percent of Fiat 500s to be sold with the TwinAir engine.
You can read our review from the European Test Drive here.