Fiat working on a performance version of the 2012 Panda

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 24, 2012

Fiat is developing a performance version of the new Fiat Panda city car. According to a Fiat spokesman, a 105bhp version of Fiat’s 875cc, two-cylinder TwinAir engine is being developed. A spokesman said that this installation into the Panda is “the next logical step.” The TwinAir engine is available as an 85bhp turbocharged unit, and a 65bhp naturally-aspirated version will be presented later this year.

The engine has enough flexibility to offer a wide range of power outputs but 105bhp is the limit without major re-engineering of the unit.

The spokesman said that the company can go beyond this but it isn’t prepared to do so while sacrificing drivability. The Panda 100HP, the previous performance variant of the model, was accepted well. Because of this, there’s pressure for a replacement to be offered. This model would link the gap between standard Pandas and the 500 Abarth and Punto Evo Abarth.

But then, Fiat has discounted the idea of an Abarth Panda, halting rumors that Fiat's 1.4TB unit may be intended for the model. Fiat said that the next major launch for the Panda range would be a couple of 4x4 models that will be launched this September.

The Panda 4x4 Climbing is a four-wheel drive variant that will be available with a selection of petrol and diesel powertrains. The preferred options are the 1.2-litre FIRE and 1.3 MultiJet engines.

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