1.8 16v

1995 brought new engines and new colours. The newly introduced 1.8 16v engine (which was not available in the UK) offered 130bhp and replaced the 2.0 16v block. It offered greater flexibility than the 2.0 16v and an increased fuel economy. A slightly reduced weight made it the best handler of the range.

The Plus versions no longer appeared in the range, but the larger choice in colour and trim would offer greater possibilities for those interested.

Late 1996, the interior also got an update. Some find it rather strange that it was the Pininfarina designed element that got updated rather than the exterior. But the new central console with analogue clock, new door cards, new handle bars at the B-pillar, radiator grill with rib design and a third brake light went down well with the buyers.

While the full range was updated in 1999, the only model that initially still had non-colour coded sills was the 1.8 16v.




1.8 16v specs

 1.8 16v
Engine displacement1747 cm³
Cylinders4
Compression ratio10.3 : 1
Power96 kW
130 bhp
6.300 rpm
Torque164 Nm
4.300 rpm
Viscodriveno
Turning circle10.3
Tyres195/55R15V
Wheels15"
Brakes257 mm
240 mm
Weight1.180 kg
Topspeed205 km
128 miles
Accelleration*
0-100 km/h**
9.2 sec
Aircono
Leather interiorno

* Acceleration figures measured carrying 2 people + 20 kg luggage.
** Equals 0-62 mph.

Source: fiatcoupe.net

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