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Fiat 131 Abarth

Fiat 131 Abarth

The Fiat 131, additionally called "Mirafiori", is a small/medium family car produced by the Italian car manufacturer Fiat from 1974 to 1984.

It was exhibited at 1974 Turin Motor Show. The 131 was the replacement for the successful Fiat 124, and available as a two-door and four-door saloon and 5-door estate. The 131 was given the Mirafiori name after the Turin suburb where the cars were produced. Naming the car in this way marked a break with the former Fiat convention, established in the 1960s, of naming their mainstream models only with a three digit number, and it set the pattern for Fiat to adopt a new naming practice, with carefully chosen names for subsequent new models. Initially, the 131 was offered with 1.3 L and 1.6 L overhead valve engines. Revisions were made in 1978 and 1981, and all models were produced until production ceased in 1984.

The Fiat 131 Abarth was a very successful group 4 rally car, winning the manufacturers' World Rally Championship three times: in 1977, 1978, and in 1980. With this car Markku Alen won the 1978 FIA Cup for Drivers and Walter Röhrl won the 1980 drivers' World Rally Championship. Between 1976 and 1981 the Fiat 131 won 20 WRC events; other notable drivers were Sandro Munari, Timo Salonen, Attilio Bettega and Michèle Mouton. Between 1975 and 1977 the official "works" cars carried the Olio Fiat blue and yellow livery, then during 1978 and 1979 seasons they were sponsored by Italian airline Alitalia and bore their distinctive red, white and green livery.

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General characteristics

1976 Fiat Abarth 131 Rally

2-door coupe body type

RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 5-speed gearbox

petrol (gasoline) engine with displacement: 1995 cm3 / 121.8 cui

advertised power: 103 kW / 138 hp / 140 PS ( DIN ) / 6400

torque: 171.5 Nm / 126 lb-ft / 3600 (see horsepower and torque curve)

characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4158 mm / 163.7 in

wheelbase: 2490 mm / 98 in

reference weights: base curb weight: 980 kg / 2160 lbs

top speed: 190 km/h (118 mph) (declared by factory);

accelerations: 0- 60 mph 7.7 s, 0- 100 km/h 8.2 s (declared by factory), 1/4 mile drag time (402 m) 15.6 s (a-c simulation) (see detailed performance data review)

fuel consumption and mileage: average estimated by a-c: 10.2 l/100km / 27.7 mpg (imp.) / 23.1 mpg (U.S.) / 9.8 km/l

1976 Fiat Abarth 131 Rally Corsa (3.64 axle)

2-door coupe body type

RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 5-speed gearbox

petrol (gasoline) engine with displacement: 1995 cm3 / 121.8 cui

advertised power: 158 kW / 212 hp / 215 PS ( DIN ) / 7000

torque: 225.5 Nm / 166 lb-ft / 5600 (see horsepower and torque curve)

Fiat 131 plan

characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4190 mm / 165 in

wheelbase: 2490 mm / 98 in

reference weights: estimated curb weight: 900 kg / 1980 lbs

top speed: 220 km/h (137 mph) (theoretical);

accelerations: 0- 60 mph 6.1 s; 0- 100 km/h 6.3 s (a-c simulation); 1/4 mile drag time (402 m) 14.6 s (a-c simulation) (see detailed performance data review)

fuel consumption and mileage: average estimated by a-c: 9.3 l/100km / 30.4 mpg (imp.) / 25.3 mpg (U.S.) / 10.8 km/l

1976 Fiat Abarth 131 Rally Corsa (6.14 axle)

2-door coupe body type

RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 5-speed gearbox

petrol (gasoline) engine with displacement: 1995 cm3 / 121.8 cui

advertised power: 158 kW / 212 hp / 215 PS ( DIN ) / 7000

torque: 225.5 Nm / 166 lb-ft / 5600 (see horsepower and torque curve)

characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4190 mm / 165 in, wheelbase: 2490 mm / 98 in

reference weights: estimated curb weight: 900 kg / 1980 lbs

top speed: 171 km/h (106 mph) (theoretical);

accelerations: 0- 60 mph 5.2 s; 0- 100 km/h 5.5 s (a-c simulation); 1/4 mile drag time (402 m) 13.8 s (a-c simulation) (see detailed performance data review)

fuel consumption and mileage: average estimated by a-c: 12.6 l/100km / 22.3 mpg (imp.) / 18.6 mpg (U.S.) / 7.9 km/l

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