Rumor has it Fiat is considering a sporty model for the Fiat Panda city car to bringe the gap between regular Panda model and the 500 Abarth.
Rumor has it Fiat is considering a sporty model for the Fiat Panda city car to bridge the gap between the regular Panda model and the 500 Abarth. Such reports have inspired an avid reader of Autoblog.it to take this notion a step further and render the vehicle as a possible Abarth variant.
According to Autocar, a Fiat spokesperson confirmed a sportified Panda as "the next logical step" although it would not be positioned as an Abarth model. Furthermore, a 105 bhp (78kW / 106PS) version of the 0.9-liter TwinAir Turbo petrol two-cylinder engine is currently in development.
Normally the 875cc engine makes 84bhp (63 kW / 85 PS), however, the Fiat spokesperson added that, "it is possible to go beyond this, but we're not prepared to do this at the expense of the drivability." In other words, the TwinAir engine is adequately engineered to produce 105bhp via basic tuning without sacrificing reliability and longevity.
The sporty Panda 100HP edition from the previous generation included a 1.4-liter 16-valve FIRE engine from the Fiat Punto tuned to develop 99bhp (74kW / 100PS). The third generation Fiat Panda was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of last year.