The 2004 Fiat Seicento | Part Two

The Fire 1.1 MPI Engine

The new Fiat Seicento is thus an even better-looking, safe and comfortable car. A small car, ideal around town yet also able to promise its occupants a comfortable ride on longer trips. These attributes are enhanced by the Fire 1.1 MPI that is designed to optimise torque delivery at low speeds and enhance driving satisfaction (flexibility) while not overlooking the need to keep fuel consumption down.

The decision to buy a compact car often comes about as a result of considerations of overall low running cost.

The 2004 Fiat Seicento does not disappoint: the new model comes with engines that deliver spirited performance but are decidedly thrifty on fuel. This makes them a viable proposition for use around town and out of town. The 4 flat cylinder engine is a member of the Fire family and develops a power output of 54 bhp (40 kW) at 5000 rpm and a torque of 88 Nm (9.0 kgm) at 2750 rpm. Fuel consumption is also minimised: over a combined cycle, for example, the model returns 6.0 l/100 km (4.7 over an extraurban cycle and 8.3 over an urban cycle).

The Fiat supermini is fitted with a tried and tested gearbox with improved synchronisers and lubrication to get the very best out of the 1108 cc engine.

continues... | Part Three
Published 25 March 2004 Melanie Carter

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