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by Brett Davis

Fiat Australia has confirmed the open-top Fiat 500C TwinAir will enter the market in early 2012, alongside the hard-top TwinAir announced a couple of weeks ago.

The Fiat 500C features a peel-back roof design which provides an open air driving experience similar to a convertible. Andrei Zaitzev, General Manager of Fiat Australia said,

“Given that the open top Fiat 500C is all about enjoying fresh air motoring it would have been wrong not to have the new TwinAir engine available in the Fiat 500C from day one. We will launch both the Fiat 500 and the 500C with TwinAir at the same time.”

From early next year, the entry level Fiat 500 no longer use the current 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine. It will be replaced by the TwinAir 875cc turbocharged two-cylinder unit. It produces 63kW of power and 145Nm of torque, and is able to run from 0-100km/h in 11 seconds – 0.5 seconds slower than the current 1.4-litre.

The upshot of the smaller engine is a reduction in emissions and fuel consumption. Fiat says the TwinAir boasts fuel consumption “as low as 3.6L/100km”, with an official rating of 4.1L/100km – down from 6.3L/100km.

Fiat will announce pricing and more details closer to its early-2012 launch.




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