02 December 2008

Bravo two (point) zero

Fiat’s family hatch gets a new diesel engine. It sounds good…

Fiat Bravo

We know that your automotive Christmas wish list is probably filled with Ferrari Scud Spiders and Nissan 370Zs, but if you’re needin’ something a bit more sensible, how about the Fiat Bravo with a lovely new diesel engine?

Yes, Fiat’s Focus-rival is getting a new two-litre turbodiesel, and it sounds like a proper cracker. Replacing the 1.9-litre MultiJet, it’s cleaner, more frugal and more powerful. Oh, and faster. This is all good.

Putting out 165bhp – a 17bhp jump over the 1.9 – and 265lb ft of torque (up 40lb ft), the 2.0 MultiJet will manage 53mpg while putting out just 139g/km of CO2. It’s not slow, either – it’ll haul the five-door Bravo to 60mph in 8.2 seconds, nearly a second quicker than the old engine.

Enough to make you put it on your Christmas wish list? No? Well, we tried…

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