Twin Air engine for Fiat 500

The Italian manufacturer, which won the coveted Best New Engine of the Year award at the International Engine Awards for the 1.40litre turbocharged MultiAir engine, has introduced a ‘Twin Air’ engine to the popular range.

It is the first of a new family of two-cylinder engines based on the MultiAir to be produced by Fiat Powertrain Technologies and Fiat claims all new engines in the family will emit 30 per cent less CO2 than similar performing engines.

Ideal for city driving, the two-cylinder, turbocharged Twin Air engine delivers 84bhp and fuel consumption figures of 69mpg with a manual gearbox and an impressive 71mpg with the Duralogic semi-auto transmission.

Emissions range from 92 to 95g/km depending on the choice of transmission, but both are exempt from road tax and matched to the high fuel economy figures, ensure low driving costs.

The Twin Air engine doesn’t compromise performance, however. The Fiat 500 with Twin Air engine is capable of 107mph and a 0-62mph sprint time of 11 seconds.

Despite being available in Italy, UK residents will have to wait until September for the updated engine and pricing details, which will be announced closer to launch.

The MultiAir engine was labelled ‘the single most innovative engine technology to appear in the past 12 months’ by judges at the International Engine Awards earlier in 2010.

"Fiat’s MultiAir gives traditional internal combustion a breath of fresh air via an entirely new set of valvetrain strategies," was the verdict of respected technical journalist, Dennis Simanaitis of Road & Track.