Already one of Europe’s most popular cars, the diminutive and good-looking Fiat 500 just keeps getting better. It’s such a diverse platform—from the high performance, MINI-fighting Abarth edition to the recently released 50 mpg TwinAir Turbo, and there’s even hint of a fully electric version—that it seems hard to cram more options into it. But according to a report over at Auto Express, the 500 TwinAir is set to receive a hybrid electric drivetrain that will take it to an amazing 100 mpg fuel economy while reducing carbon emissions to a scant 70 g/km.
Early testers in Europe have given mostly rave reviews of the 500 TwinAir, with Autocar UK saying, “This brilliant, charismatic little parallel twin offers as much performance as the regular 1.4-litre four, for 30 per cent less fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, elegantly demonstrating … that there is still huge potential for development in the regular piston engine.” The test driver then goes on to highlight how much fun it is to drive and how much low end “grunt” the TwinAir engine has, calling the TwinAir 500 “the future,” and exclaiming, “The people to feel sorriest for are those Fiat rivals who have nothing like this to offer their increasingly efficiency-conscious clientele.”
Now imagine the same vehicle, but with an electric motor that kicks in at the low end to provide instant torque, acceleration and performance, yet at the same time providing a mind-blowing 100 mpg. Who the hell wouldn’t buy that car for a daily commuter or around towner?
Source: Auto Express