|Also called||Fiat Marengo (Van)|
Fiat Regatta (Sweden, Latin America)
|Production||1983–1990 (Italy) |
|Assembly||Mirafiori, Turin, Italy|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Small family car|
|Body style||4-door saloon|
|Engine||1.3 L I4|
1.4 L I4
1.5 L I4
1.6 L I4
2.0 L I4
1.7 L diesel I4
1.9 L diesel I4
1.9 L turbodiesel I4
|Wheelbase||2,446 mm (96.3 in)|
2,448 mm (96.4 in) Weekend 1985
|Length||4,260 mm (168 in)|
4,267 mm (168.0 in) Weekend 1985
|Width||1,651 mm (65.0 in)|
1,650 mm (65 in) Weekend 1985
|Height||1,412 mm (55.6 in)|
|Curb weight||890–1,035 kg (1,962–2,282 lb)|
The Fiat Regata is an automobile produced by Italian automaker Fiat from 1983 until 1990. The Regata name was used for the sedan and station wagon versions of the Fiat Ritmo hatchback, corresponding to the post-facelift Ritmo. The Regata was offered with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines.
The Regata, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1983, was developed from the pre facelift Ritmo (which had been known in United Kingdom and United States markets as the Fiat Strada) and utilised almost all the mechanicals, although the wheelbase was stretched slightly.
A conventional four door three box design, it bore very little external resemblance to the original Ritmo, although it hinted strongly at the look of the facelift of 1982 for that car. In the Swedish market, the car was called "Regatta", as Regata was uncomfortably close to a derogatory term for an overbearing woman.
The same name was used in markets in Latin American. The engines offered were also similar, being the 1301 cc inline four rated at 68 PS (50 kW; 67 hp) (Regata 70) and the 1498 cc model rated at 82 PS (60 kW; 81 hp) (Regata 85).
Both of these were SOHC engines. A DOHC 1585 cc inline four rated at 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) (Regata 100) was also available as were two SOHC diesels, a 1714 cc straight four rated at 58 PS (43 kW; 57 hp) (Regata D) and a 1929 cc version rated at 65 PS (48 kW; 64 hp) (Regata DS), the latter of which was added in 1984.
After fourteen months, diesels represented about thirty percent of the Regatas produced. The Regata 100, as the top model, was well equipped and came with a "check panel", an early onboard computer that provided information on fuel consumption, average speed, range, optimal gear selection, etcetera.
An economy model called the "ES" ("Energy Saving") was also available, it featured an early start-stop system. It featured some detail modifications to the aerodynamics, an optimised (higher compression ratio and different valve timing) 1301 cc engine (rated at 65 PS (48 kW; 64 hp)), an engine shut off system (when idling) and electronic ignition.
Aside from the lowest priced versions, a five speed manual transmission came as standard.
The Regata Weekend estate was introduced in November 1984. It was available with all engines offered in the sedan, although there was no optional automatic transmission available in the Regata Weekend. The Weekend replaced the 131 Panorama, which had been kept in production alongside the Regata.
The suspension and brakes were uprated to cope with the extra weight. Alongside there was also a two-seater glazed van derivative called the Marengo, only available with the larger diesel engine. The Marengo made its debut at the Brussels Commercial vehicle show in the beginning of 1985.
A mid life update was carried out in April 1986, in which numerous small details were changed, most notably new doors with an altered window line. New door handles, grille, bumpers and wheel trims also featured.
The 1,585 cc engine gained fuel injection to become the 100S i.e. (also available with a catalytic converter, losing some power and becoming the 90i.e.) whilst a catalysed and fuel injected 1,498 cc unit powered the 75i.e. The 85 Automatic was also replaced by the 70 Automatic with a 1.3 litre engine rated at 65 PS (48 kW; 64 hp).
The diesel powered models also changed slightly. An 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) 1,929 cc turbodiesel engine was introduced (badged Regata Turbo DS) whilst the 1,714 cc unit dropped in capacity to 1,697 cc (but gained power to 60 PS (44 kW; 59 hp) and had reduced fuel consumption).
This model was simply badged as the Regata D. The weight was also reduced slightly. Production ceased in February 1990, when the Tempra was introduced.
The Regata started production by Sevel in Argentina in 1985, where production continued until 1995. 56,789 were built in Argentina, with limited exports to select South American nations with lower barriers for entry such as Venezuela and Chile. As in Sweden, the car was called the Regatta in Latin America. Unlike its European sisters, the car was considered somewhat upmarket in Latin America.
The Regatta 85 received an 82 hp (61 kW) 1.5 litre, while a 100S came with a 100 hp (75 kW) 1.6 litre version. Along with a facelift in 1987, the 2000 Twincam replaced the 100S, carrying the same level of equipment but with the Croma's larger Twin Cam two litre engine with 10 more hp and considerably more torque.
The 2000 managed the 0–100 km/h sprint in 9.8 seconds and had a rear spoiler. The Regatta 85 changed names, becoming the Regatta 1.5 S (Super) and SC (Super Confort).
A more thorough facelift in 1988 produced the Regatta Edición II. The engines remained the same until the 1990 model year, when both engines were replaced by the 87 hp (65 kW) 1581 cc engine from the Fiat Tipo. Later, a cheaper 1.4 S using the 1372 cc Tipo engine, with 63 hp (47 kW), was added to the line up.
Production ended in 1995, as the Regata was replaced by the Tempra in Latin America as well. The Regatta Weekend (Station Wagon) was also produced in Argentina between 1986 and 1992, only available with the 1.5 engine initially. For the last three years, this was replaced with the Tipo's 1.6 litre engine.
|60||I4||1116 cc||44 kW (60 PS; 59 hp) at 5?00 rpm||Greece, perhaps others|
|70||I4||1301 cc||48 kW (65 PS; 64 hp) at 5600 rpm||100 N⋅m (74 lb⋅ft) at 3000 rpm|
|70||I4||50 kW (68 PS; 67 hp) at 5700 rpm||100 N⋅m (74 lb⋅ft) at 2900 rpm|
|1.4 S||I4||1372 cc||46 kW (63 PS; 62 hp) at 5800 rpm||102 N⋅m (75 lb⋅ft) at 3000 rpm|
|75 i.e.||I4||1498 cc||55 kW (75 PS; 74 hp) at 5800 rpm||108 N⋅m (80 lb⋅ft) at 3000 rpm|
|I4||58 kW (79 PS; 78 hp) at 5500 rpm
60 kW (82 PS; 80 hp) at 5500 rpm
|122 N⋅m (90 lb⋅ft) at 2900 rpm
120 N⋅m (89 lb⋅ft) at 3000 rpm
|1.6 S/SC||I4||1581 cc||64 kW (87 PS; 86 hp) at 6000 rpm||130 N⋅m (96 lb⋅ft) at 3000 rpm||Latin America|
|90i||I4||1585 cc||66 kW (90 PS; 89 hp) @ 6250 rpm||122 N⋅m (90 lb⋅ft) at 4250 rpm|
|100 S||I4||74 kW (101 PS; 99 hp) at 5900 rpm||133 N⋅m (98 lb⋅ft) at 3800 rpm|
|100 S i.e.||I4||74 kW (101 PS; 99 hp) at 6000 rpm||128 N⋅m (94 lb⋅ft) at 4000 rpm|
|2000 Twincam||I4||1995 cc||81 kW (110 PS; 109 hp) at 5000 rpm||163 N⋅m (120 lb⋅ft) at 5900 rpm||Latin America|
|1.7 D||I4||1714 cc||43 kW (58 PS; 58 hp) at 4500 rpm||103 N⋅m (76 lbf⋅ft) at 3000 rpm||1983–1986|
|1.7 D||I4||1697 cc||44 kW (60 PS; 59 hp) at 4500 rpm||103 N⋅m (76 lbf⋅ft) at 3000 rpm||1986–|
|1.9 D||I4||1929 cc||48 kW (65 PS; 64 hp) at 4600 rpm||119 N⋅m (88 lbf⋅ft) at 2000 rpm||1984–|
|1.9 TD||I4||1929 cc||59 kW (80 PS; 79 hp) at 4200 rpm||172 N⋅m (127 lbf⋅ft) at 2400 rpm||1986–|
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