W maju w modelu 132
pojawił się Diesel 2,0/2,5 mający delikatne
przetłoczenie na masce.
Modernizacji sportowego X1/9 dokonano w październiku. Wykorzystuje on teraz podzespoły nowego Ritmo.
Restylizowane modele 131 Mirafiori i Supermirafiori zaprezentowano w Genewie. Wersja Sport z dwulitrowym silnikiem pochodzącym z modelu 132 dołączyła we wrześniu.
The next major change of 124 Spider came in 1978 when the CS2 was introduced using a 1995cc engine. Only available in North America this produced a mere 87bhp, and even less in Californian spec cars.
FIAT 126 From £1,640
Fiat's cheeky little air-cooled economy model had its engine capacity increased from 594 to 652 cc this year, and acceleration is greatly improved. Although only 305.5 cm long, the 126 will seat four, and return almost unbelievable fuel consumption figures. The twin-cylinder engine is at the rear where it supplies copious interior heat in winter-when it never freezes! There are two versions, the standard 126, and the super-lush "De Ville" which costs a little more but has thick carpeting almost everywhere, and a removable rear seat which transforms the little car into a load carrier. Sun-roof is standard on both models.
FIAT 127 From £2,193
Europe's best-selling car, the 127, comes with choice of two or three doors, and engines of 903 or 1049 cc. Smaller motor is the lively, economical pushrod ohv unit derived from the well-proven '850', but the 1049 engine has an overhead camshaft and is produced in Fiat's Brazilian plant. The nippy 127s are well-shaped, and in conjunction with relatively high gearing return miserly fuel consumption figures. Three-door models have lift-up rear doors, and folding rear seats. All have front-wheel drive. There is also a new Sport model at the Birmingham Motor Show. Top models have useful clip-on oddments bag on driver's door.
FIAT SUPERMIRAFIORI £3.747
Available in Britain in 1.6-litre form (in its native Italy there is also a 1.3 version), the Supermirafiori is the high-performance 131 with lively twin overhead camshaft engine, five-speed gearbox, and 100 mph performance. Interiors are lavishly-trimmed in supple cloth, and instrumentation is very complete. Ideal for the familyman who is still a sports car driver at heart. In spite of what TV advertisements suggest, it isn't necessary to keep a Supermirafiori in a cage. Or even the new two-litre Sport version which will be introduced at the Birmingham Motor Show. A normal garage will suffice for keeping either model!
FIAT 132 £4,594
Fiat's flagship, the 132 is sold in Britain in 2000 GLS form only, and is a luxury four-door saloon of high performance and handsome appearance. The interior is sumptuously trimmed in velour cloth, and there are transparent orange 'pulldown' sun-visors as well as ultra-modern instrumentation. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard equipment but there is an automatic transmission on option. The engine is a lively two-litre twin overhead camshaft unit. Very much an executive car, the 132 has soft ride but corners well. In Europe a 1.6-litre petrol model is also marketed, as well as a Diesel version.
FIAT X1/9 1500 £4,350
Trendy wedge sports has two seats, a new 1500 cc overhead camshaft light-alloy engine mounted transversely behind them, and a detachable roof which stows in the front 'bonnet'. Bertone designed (and indeed manufactures) the body which has pop-up headlights, and there is a front air-dam to enhance the high-speed stability. Seats are in way-out striped materials, and there is a well-stocked facia. The central/transverse engine makes for even weight distribution, and the X1/9 corners tike a dream. Luggage stows in the nose, and there is more than 100 mph on tap. The new engine is similar to that of the biggest Fiat Ritmo.
FIAT RITMO Price to be announced
On display at the Birmingham Motor Show, but not available in Britain until mid-1979, Fiat's new hatchback challenger (as sold in Italy) has choice of three engine sizes, 1.1, 1.3, or 1.5-litres. The largest motor comes as standard with a five-speed gearbox (or VW automatic on option), the other two Ritmos being four-speed cars, with five speeds at extra cost. The aerodynamic three, or five-door bodywork is very wide, and the ride supple. Handling is good with all-round independent suspension and wide track. Outstanding attribute of all models is the notably quiet running. A diesel version is expected before too long.
X1/9 Série speciale
X1/9 w USA
X1/9 po modernizacji wykorzystuje podzespoły nowego Ritmo.
131 Super Diesel
|Fiat 131 Rally Abarth||– discontinued|
|3rd||Arctic Rally||131 Abarth||Alén|
|3rd||Swedish Rally||131 Abarth||Alén|
|1st||Rallye de Portugal||131 Abarth||Alén|
|1st||Acropolis Rally||131 Abarth||Röhrl|
|2nd||Acropolis Rally||131 Abarth||Alén|
|1st||Rajd Polski||131 Abarth||Zanini|
|3rd||Rajd Polski||131 Abarth||Cañellas|
|1st||1000 Lakes Rally||131 Abarth||Alén|
|2nd||1000 Lakes Rally||131 Abarth||Salonen|
|1st||Critérium Molson du Québec||131 Abarth||Röhrl|
|2nd||Critérium Molson du Québec||131 Abarth||Alén|
|1st||Tour de France||131 Abarth||Mouton|
|2nd||Rallye Sanremo||131 Abarth||Verini|
|2nd||Rallye de España||131 Abarth||Fernández|
|1st||Tour de Corse||131 Abarth||Darniche|
|2nd||Tour de Corse||131 Abarth||Andruet|
|3rd||Tour de Corse||131 Abarth||Munari|
|1st||Manufacturers World Rally Championship|
|1st||Rajd Polski||131 Abarth||Zanini / Petisco|
|2nd||Rajd Polski||131 Abarth||Cañellas / Sabater|
|3rd||Rallye di Sicilia||#4||131 Abarth||Pasetti / Barban|