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Fiat Cinquecento

Fiat Cinquecento/Sporting
EngineInline four-cylinder
Displacement (bore*stroke)899/1108 cm³ (65/70 mm * 67,7/72 mm)
Compression ratio8,8/9,6 : 1 (petrol)
Valves2 per cylinder
Engine controlohv/OHC, both hydraulic tappets
Mixture preparationCentral injection, R-Cat
Max. torque65/86 Nm at 3000/3250 rpm
Max. power29/40 kW (40/54 HP) at 5500 rpm
Drive trainFront drive
Wheelbase2.200 mm
Turning circle8.800 mm
Front suspensionMcPherson struts
Rear suspensionTrailing arm, tube rigid axle
Brakes f/rDisc/drum brakes
Wheels155/65 SR 13 /
165/55 SR 13 (Sporting)
Length3.230 mm
Width1.490 mm
Height1.440 mm
Drag coefficient0,33
Boot capacity170/810 liter
Roof load200 kg
Tank capacity35 liter
Boot capacity170/810 liter
Payload448/415 kg
Kerb weight702/735 kg
Trailer load200/400 kg
Maximum speed140/150 km/h
Purchase price13550/14990 DM
Year of manufacture1994 - 1998

It is always exciting when Fiat brings out a new small car. Only the Japanese can still build such a car more space economically. But Italian design is, also and especially the from Fiat at small cars a class of its own.

The Cinquecento ('500') from 1994 is pretty to look at. After all, it has a good Cd value for this car class. With only 3.23 meters in length, it is certainly very suitable for the city. But only for the city it will maybe purchase not so many people.

Standard equipment
Five-speed transmission
Heat protection glazing
Halogen headlights
Exterior mirror adjustable from inside
Vent window rear
Digital clock
Tailgate remote unlocking

Therefore, it will have to ensure certain qualities for longer travelling. After all fit in, at a pinch five people and inter alia two water boxes. Only the engine of the later appearing Sporting version originates from the FIRE generation. At 900 cc, the camshaft still remains down.

But the engine is also economical, requires little maintenance and the vehicle extremely manoeuvrable. Even the springsystem tolerates many things what on the other hand can not be said from the Sporting. One annoyance, however, both have, the tank is still made of sheet metal and in acute danger to rust, unlike the rest of the car.

The equipment is really complete for the price with example rear vent windows, also if a driver airbag (from 96) or ABS are not even to order for an extra charge. But it is well eco-friendly, e.g. its marked plastic components fully recyclable and of course, free of asbestos.

1/3 to 2/3 split rear bench seat
Central locking system
Theft alarm system
Power windows
Pop-top (safety glass)

Of the plastic you can also see something outside, eg at the powerful bumpers. The body is galvanized otherwise. If not would be the somewhat unfavorable processing and the littledurable exhaust system, one could be completely satisfied.

Problem areas
Processing generally
Hydraulic tappets
Tank (see above)
Exhaust system
Wheel bearings
Rear wiper
Seat covers

There is even a 'Elettra' version (Fig. 10/11) with 14 kW (19 HP). The batteries contribute to 500 kg extra weight and make the Cinquecento to the two-seater with only 176 kg payload for the two remaining people. The are lead-acid batteries that provide 70 to 100 km range with a maximum of 80 km/h.

The electric motor is installed, like e.g. in the former Golf Stromer at the site of the internal combustion engine. Thus you let come the clutch when driveaway and changes through the gears. Can be refueled still, so that a kind of auxiliary heating provides the necessary heat.

Rev counter
Leather steering wheel
Leather gear knob
Sport seats
Center console
Perforated metal accelerator pedal
Red seat belts
Alloy rims
Slightly wider tyres
Sporty chassis
Bumpers in colour of the car
Exterior mirrors in colour of the car

The engine of the Sporting version, also appeared in 1994, is to be the better choice. It is said to have less quirks, hardly consume more petrol and naturally runs better despite the long production time of the smaller engine. 10/13

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