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Fiat X1/9

Fiat X1/9

Year (of specifications) 1972 - 1989
Engine(s) 1.3 and 1.5 litre 4 cylinder
Transmission 4 speed or 5 speed manual RWD
Max speed -
0-60 -
Horsepower 75 hp (1.3 L) / 85 hp (1.5 L)
weight 1021 kg / 2250 lbs

The Fiat X1/9 is a relatively common classic sports car which was produced from 1972 to 1989.

Upon its arrival to the market, the mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout was quite advanced for such an affordable sports car.

The Fiat X1/9's styling is pretty much a love-it or hate-it affair. And while the design looks very dated compared to modern cars, the purposeful wedge-shaped profile and diminutive dimensions underscore its performance potential.

Although underpowered by both the standard engines, a 75 hp, 1.3 litre 4 cylinder, and an 85 hp, 1.5 litre 4 cylinder unit, there are several popular transplants which can rectify this problem. Two of the most common are the 2.0 litre Lancia DOHC, and the Mk1 Fiat Uno Turbo engine. The bodyshell of the X1/9 is suprisingly strong allowing considerabley more powerful engines to be successfully fitted.

Several of the Fiat X1/9's main faults was rooted in its rapid development. The rush to turn the well-recieved concept into reality resulted in several problems. Rust was prevalent on early models. The rear trunk was above the exhaust system and could get extremely hot. And there were problems with rapid wear of the transmission, in particular, failure of reverse gear.

However despite these problems - many of which can be corrected, the Fiat X1/9 retains an enthusiastic following due to its great handling, characterful styling, highly customisable design, readily available aftermarket parts, and affordable price. The Fiat X1/9 makes a fantastic sports car for those who like to get their hands dirty from time to time.

Related external links:
Fiat X1/9 owners club

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