:: THE RANGE
:: '95 - ONE EXTRA CYLINDER
1995 brought new engines, new colours and a facelifted interior. Check out the colours by clicking the samples at the right.
With the 1.8 16v (which was not available in the UK) offering 130bhp, the 2.0 20v 147bhp and the 2.0 20v Turbo a stunning 220bhp, the Fiat Coupe went on to attack a broad public. The 1.8 engine offered greater flexibility than the former 2.0 16v, and an increased fuel economy. The 2.0 20v with 5 cylinders with its very smooth power delivery gave a great balance between power and economy... with a nice sound too.
The Turbo engine opts for performance. With slightly under 2 liters, it was the fastest front wheel driven production car in its time. And it remained so for quite some time. With an acceleration of just over 6 seconds ffor the 0-100km/h (0-62 miles/h) there's very few cars that beat the price-performance ratio.
Great roadholding capabilities, with a safe choice of front wheel, drive mean this car is easy to drive extremely hard. The fun? Making Porsches run for their life, Ferrari's keeping an eye in the rear view mirror just figuring out what's following them, and my God does it go fast. A breathtaking top of 250km/h (155 miles/h) is reached so quickly that many cars will just have to pass on any high-speed challenge.
The 462 Sprint Blue colour was only available on the Turbo version. According to Fiat, this colour enhances the physical appearance of the Coupe. It's a difficult colour to capture on a photograph, as it somehow adapts to the lightin conditions, sometimes being like slightly purple, sometimes pale blue, and sometimes darker blue. Even Fiat didn't really manage to replicate it in the brochures.
The Plus versions no longer appeared in the range, but the larger choice in colour and trim would offer greater possibilities for those interested.
» Model overview
|1.8 16v||2.0 20v||2.0 20v Turbo|
|Engine displacement||1747 cm³||1998 cm³||1998 cm³|
|Compression ratio||10.3 : 1||10 : 1||8.5 : 1|
|Weight||1.180 kg||1.270 kg||1.310 kg|
|9.2 sec||8.9 sec||6.5 sec|
* Acceleration figures measured carrying 2 people + 20 kg luggage.
** Equals 0-62 mph.