We know the North American Fiat 500 will come with the 1.4 liter MultiAir 4 cylinder engine, but in Europe, the 500 also offers two other noteworthy engines; a 1.3 liter MultiJet II diesel and the twin cylinder TwinAir.
Both engines are at the cutting edge of design and engineering, offering the best technology for their respective fuel type.
Which one would you prefer to see here? I've put up a poll to let you voice your opinion.
Below you can read up on each to help make your decision. Have fun!
1.3L 16V MultiJet II Turbo Diesel
95hp @ 4000 rpm
148 lbs ft @ 1500 rpm
0-100 kph: 10.7 seconds
Top Speed: 180 kph (112 mph)
Fuel consumption (combined urban/Hway): 3.9 l/100km (60 mpg)**
If MultiJet II comes to North America, it could change how Americans perceive diesel engines and what type of engine they prefer equips their car.
Read about MultiJet II here.
TwinAir 875cc 8V Twin Cylinder Turbo*
85hp @ 5500 rpm
107 lbs ft. @ 1900 rpm
0-100 kph: 11 seconds
Top Speed: 173 kph (107 mph)
Fuel consumption (combined urban/Hway): 4.1 l/100 km (57 mpg)**
*TwinAir with 105hp has not been released in Europe yet. It's safe to assume the fuel economy will be somewhat less.
The TwinAir concept (smaller engine offering the same or more performance of a larger one) will come to Chrysler engines in various forms in the near future. Whether we'll see the actual pioneer twin-cylinder engine is not known.
Read about TwinAir here
1.4L 16V gasoline engine
105hp @ 6000 rpm
97 lbs ft @ 4250 rpm
0-100 kph: 10.5 seconds
Top Speed: 182 kph (113 mph)
Fuel consumption (combined urban/Hway): 6.3 l/100km (37 mpg)**
Above are the specs for the European version of the 1.4 liter 16V. Please note for comparison purposes, I have used the European 1.4L, the North American 1.4L will have MultiAir and have different power output and fuel economy figures.
Update: Poll Has Ended
The poll has ended and the results are: More people prefer to see the Diesel MultiJet II engine being offered next in the Fiat 500. Out of the total of 1117 votes, the Diesel MultiJet II garnered 709 votes (63%) compared to 408 votes (36%) for the TwinAir.
It was a tough choice, but the the people have spoken! Now, if we're lucky, one day we might see this gem here!
Thanks to all that voted!
I've been planning to do this poll for a while, but thanks to reader peterjerome for
inspiring me to get it done!
** European fuel economy figures