Fiat may build a performance enhanced Fiat Panda 0

Fiat are said to be considering a performance enhanced Fiat Panda city car. Would there really be much demand for a sporty city car?

It would appear so as a spokesman for the company have begun development of the performance Fiat Panda model. Rumours claim that the car will achieve 105 BHP from its 875cc two cylinder TwinAir engine. Fiat has said that the upgrade is a logical step forward.

The flexibility of the Fiat TwinAir engine

At present the TwinAir engine installed within the current version can achieve 85 BHP with it’s turbocharged unit. Later in the year, a 65 BHP version will be introduced too. The engine was so cleverly made that it certainly does have the capability of producing a number of different power outputs.

Fiat will not have specially modified the engine in a major fashion in order for it to achieve the desired 105 BHP. In fact the power was able to increase from that figure, according to a Fiat spokesman. He said “It is possible to go beyond this, but we’re not prepared to do this at the expense of the drivability”.

Demand from inside Fiat

This is not the first time that Fiat has decided to upgrade their Fiat Panda. Previously they had introduced the Fiat Panda 100 BHP. This was so successful that many of Fiat’s staff wants a replacement to be developed.

No Abarth model

If the model is to be put into production, it will sit nicely alongside the 500 Abarth and the Punto Evo Abarth in the current Fiat range. Fiat has already ruled out the possibility of the Abarth Panda however. It is now clear that Fiat’s brilliant 1.4 TB engine will not be introduced into any upgraded Panda.

The Fiat Panda 4×4

Amazingly the Fiat Panda will also develop into a 4×4 vehicle, being named the Panda 4×4. There will be two variants launched due out this September. They will offer with a choice of both petrol and diesel variants. Engines choices for the vehicle are said to be 1.2 litre FIRE engines along with the 1.3 MultiJet engines.

The Panda Trekking also set for release later in the year will be raised in terms of stature and contains a front wheel drive configuration. The car will contain Fiat’s unique Traction Plus electronic differential system. This Fiat Qubo and the Fiat Doblo already contain the system.