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Fiat Ritmo Now in Australian Showrooms

April 7th, 2008

Following its Australian unveiling at the Brisbane International Motor Show earlier this year, the all-new Fiat Ritmo is now in Australia’s Fiat dealerships, providing a new level of performance, style and Italian flair in the small car market.

“Along with the new Fiat 500, the Ritmo redefines Fiat’s position in the Australian market,” says Edward Butler, General Manager for Fiat cars in Australia. “In a market sector that rarely offers customers cars that offer styling flair, the Fiat Ritmo is a breath of fresh air that makes a statement as strong as Punto and the new 500 in their market sectors.

“The Ritmo’s style is supported by design and technology of real integrity, from its five star EuroNCAP crash test rating to its choice of two of the most advanced engines available on the Australian market, as well as the Blue&Me communications system a joint venture between Fiat and Microsoft that is the benchmark for automotive telematics.”

“The Ritmo is powered by two unique engines, the new 1.4 litre T-Jet Turbo petrol engine that pumps out 110 kW and which offers the ability to provide more acceleration literally at the press of a button, and the acclaimed 1.9 litre JTD Multijet diesel. Equipment levels are lavish and pricing is keen, so the Ritmo will enable Fiat to take the next step up in our growth plans for the marque in Australia.”

“The Fiat Ritmo,” says Mr Butler, “is a car that appeals to both the brain and the heart, not to mention, with prices starting at an RRP of $29,990 for a fully equipped Ritmo, the wallet, too.”

Initially Fiat will offer four versions of the Ritmo in Australia, with additional models to arrive in 2008, including self-shifting gearbox versions. The two trim and equipment levels, Emotion and Sport, are offered with a choice of the advanced 1.4 litre 110 kW T-Jet petrol engine and the 1.9 litre 110 kW JTD Turbo Diesel, with prices starting with a recommended retail price of $29,990 for the Fiat Ritmo Emotion T-Jet.

Augmenting an interior design founded on the fundamental pre-requisites of class-leading space, exemplary build quality, and visual and tactile sophistication, the new Fiat’s equipment specification has been carefully considered to simplify and enhance life on board. Interior trim is not just good to look at; it also provides a wonderful tactile experience, with different textures to delight on touch for interior trim and upholstery.

Both Emotion and Sport versions are fully equipped, offering electric windows and exterior mirrors, cruise control, power steering, remote central locking, an advanced audio system, AirCon, alloy wheels and a host of other features as standard.

As befits its name, the Sport adds comprehensive performance orientated equipment package, including rear spoiler; sideskirts; Climate Control AirCon; sports pedals; front sports seats with lumbar adjustment of driver’s seat; leather sports steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake knobs; sports upholstery, red brake callipers and 17” sports alloys with 225/45 tyres.

The Sport versions also come with the innovative Blue&Me integrated telematics system developed in a joint venture with Microsoft, which has proven so popular that more than 20 per cent of Fiat vehicles sold in Europe are now equipped with it. In simple terms, it offers hands-free system with Bluetooth™ technology with steering wheel controls, instrument panel with multifunction display, MP3 audio file player from a USB port and SMS text reader.

While right is fully endowed with Italian ‘brio’ and spirit, it is also supported by cutting edge design and development technology that ensures that its beauty is also more than matched by brains.

The new Ritmo, using a name derived from the Italian word for rhythm was created in just 18 months from design ‘freeze’ to production. To achieve this record-breaking development time, Fiat employed new, groundbreaking, state-of-the-art Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) systems of unprecedented power and complexity, allowing the development of this new hatchback to be undertaken almost entirely through virtual analysis and engineering.

So sophisticated is the computer software involved, that not only could Fiat’s engineers simulate every aspect of the Ritmo’s structural, dynamic, NVH and accommodation characteristics to a level of unprecedented detail, but they were also able to create a virtual production-line to ensure consistently outstanding component and build quality.

The benefits of these all-encompassing developments in virtual design and engineering are clearly evident in every aspect of the new Fiat Ritmo, from consistently high build quality and class-leading passenger accommodation, to superior driving dynamics, minimal NVH levels and, of course, outstanding safety provision.

The new Ritmo has been awarded a maximum 5-star rating for adult occupant protection in the gruelling Euro NCAP crash test programme.

Achieving 5 stars for adult occupant safety, 3 stars for child protection and a further 2 for pedestrian protection, the new Fiat recorded 33 points, placing it among the leaders of its category in terms of passive, active and preventive safety.

The 1.4 litre T-Jet 110 kW turbocharged petrol engine, makes its debut in the Ritmo. This is the second example of a new family of turbocharged petrol units developed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies to combine the sporting performance and low NVH characteristics of a petrol engine with fuel economy comparable to a diesel unit and CO2 emission levels which readily comply with increasingly stringent European regulation.

Through cubic capacity downsizing allied to the adoption of the smallest possible turbocharger, Fiat’s responsive new 110 kW 1.4 litre T-Jet engine combines performance equal to or better than a conventionally aspirated 1.8/2.0 litre petrol engine, but with a reduction of between 10% and 20% in fuel consumption and emissions.

The T-Jet engine offers an ‘overboost’ button located on the centre console in Sport versions, will deliver an impressive 230 Nm at 3000 rpm, endowing the Ritmo with a 0-100 kmh acceleration time of 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 208 kmh. Notwithstanding such lively performance, this superbly responsive powerplant will still return 7.1 l/100 km in the combined cycle and restrict CO2 emissions to just 167 g/km.

The 110 kW 1.9 litre MultiJet unit in the new Ritmo boasts an impressive 305 Nm torque delivered at just 2000 rpm, allowing acceleration from 0-100 kmh in just 9.0 seconds and a top speed of 209 kmh, whilst returning a fuel consumption of less than 5.6 litres in the combined cycle.

With a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating to its name, the new Fiat Ritmo builds on an already impressive safety portfolio with the full range of braking, traction control and stability systems available on the market today: ABS anti-lock brakes, complete with electronic brakeforce distribution, ASR to limit wheel spin during acceleration, MSR to modulate engine brake torque whilst changing down, and a sophisticated ESP to control vehicle stability through bends, which includes hydraulic brake assistance and a Hill Holder function to facilitate smooth hill starts.

“The new Fiat 500 not withstanding, the Fiat Ritmo is probably the most important car that Fiat will launch this year,” says Edward Butler. “It launches Fiat into a key market sector, one which not just contains some of the key models in the market as a whole, but also which, as the market downsizes in response to environment issues and fuel prices, is becoming the most important Australian market sector. The Fiat Ritmo has the abilities to take on the key players in the market and its Italian soul will offer car buyers a car that is fresh, vital and dynamic, while being backed by state of the art safety, reliability and durability. We believe it makes a compelling case and represents one of the strongest models in its category.”

Fiat Ritmo
Technical Specifications
  Fiat Ritmo T-Jet Fiat Ritmo Multijet
Emotion/Sport Emotion/Sport
ENGINE T-Jet 1.4 16V 110 kW MJET 1.9 16V 110 KW
No. of cylinders, arrangement 4, in line, front, transverse 4, in line, front transverse
Bore x stroke (mm) 72.0 x 84.0 82.0 x 90.4
Capacity (cc) 1368 1910
Compression ratio 9.8:1 17.5:1
Max. power output EC: kW (bhp) at rpm 150 (110) @ 5500 rpm 110 (150) at 4000 rpm
Peak torque EC: Nm (kgm) at rpm 206 (152) @ 2250 rpm 305 (31) at 2000 rpm
SPORT: 230 (170) @ 3000 rpm
Emissions compliance Euro 4 Euro 4
Emissions control three-way catalytic converter in engine compartment, 2 lambda probes, EOBD 2 oxidising catalysers (in engine bay and under body), electrical EGR valve, EOBD
Timing (drive) DOHC with hydraulic tappets 2 OHC (toothed belt), hydraulic tappets (indirect roller drive)
Fuel system timed, sequential electronic with fixed geometry turbocharger direct injection, Common Rail Multijet with electronic control, variable geometry turbo and intercooler
Drive front front
Gearbox, no. of speeds 6 + Reverse 6 + Reverse
Battery: capacity (Ah) 60 Ah 60 Ah
Type Rack and pinion with dualdrive electric power assistance
Turning circle between kerbs (m) 10.4 10.4
BRAKES - D (disc) with ABS    
Front: Ø mm D 284 x 26 mm D 281 X 26 mm (ventilated)
Rear: Ø mm D 251 x 10 mm D 251 X 10 mm
Front independent MacPherson, dual rate telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar with spherical joint con rods
Rear interconnected wheels with torsion rear axle, telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar
WHEELS Emotion: Alloy 16 x 7J Emotion: Alloy 16 x 7J
Sport: Alloy 17 x 7J Sport: Alloy 17 x 7J
Tyres  Emotion: 205/55 R16 91V  Emotion: 205/55 R16 91V
Sport: 225/45 R17  91V Sport: 225/45 R17  91V
Wheelbase (mm) 2600 2600
Front/rear track (mm) 1538/1532 1538/1532
Length/Width (mm) 4336/1792 4336/1792
Height empty (mm) 1498 1498
Luggage compartment capacity VDA (dm3): 400 400
 with rear seat folded down 1175 1175
Fuel tank (|) 58 58
Kerb weight DIN (kg) 1275 1360
Max. towable weight (kg) 1300 1300
Top speed (km/h) 208 209
Acceleration (s): 0 - 100 km/h 8.5/8.2 with overboost 9
Consumption - EC Dir. 1999/100 (l/100 km)    
Urban 9.3 7.6
out of town 5.8 4.5
Combined 7.1 5.6
Combined CO2 emissions (g/km) 167 149
Fiat Ritmo
Equipment Specifications
  ·  Fiat Ritmo Multijet Emotion  ·  Fiat Ritmo Multijet Sport
·  Fiat Ritmo T-Jet Emotion ·  Fiat Ritmo T-Jet Sport
Body-coloured bumpers STD STD
Body-coloured external door handles NA STD
Chrome-plated external door handles STD NA
Heated door mirrors with outdoor temperature sensors STD STD
Chrome inserts on waistline STD STD
Metallic paint Opt Opt
Pearlescent paint Opt Opt
Mica paint Opt Opt
17 inch 15 Spoke Sporty Design Alloy Wheels with 225/45 tyres NA STD
17 inch Emotion Design Alloy wheels with 205/55 tyres STD NA
Tinted windows STD STD
Rear spoiler NA STD
Sideskirts NA STD
Sports trim NA STD
Painted brake calipers NA STD
Chrome-plated exhaust tip STD STD
Leather upholstery Opt Opt
Leather-covered sporty steering wheel, gear lever  NA STD
and hand brake lever knobs
Leather steering wheel and gear lever knob STD NA
Sports instrument graphics NA STD
Sports pedals NA STD
Metallic black interior door handles STD NA
Chrome-plated interior door handles NA STD
Chrome-plated air vent trims STD STD
Chrome inserts on door armrest STD STD
Chrome-plated rings on instrument panels STD STD
Chrome-plated frames on interior door handle trims STD STD
Facia with carbon-look band STD STD
Fiat Code (electronic antitheft device) STD STD
Electric front windows with  STD STD
automatic function and anti-pinch device
Electric rear windows with anti-pinch system STD STD
Remote rear door opening/closing control STD STD
Electrical release of rear tailgate with  STD STD
'logo-push' system
Follow me home light device STD STD
Front ceiling light with spotlight STD STD
Rear ceiling light  STD STD
'Night Design' light effect on handles and ceiling light STD STD
Courtesy mirrors on sunshades STD STD
Illuminated mirror on passenger side sunshade STD STD
Illuminated luggage compartment STD STD
12 Volt socket in luggage compartment STD STD
Instrument panel with trip computer and my car system STD STD
Central console with glass holder STD STD
Front seat armrest withrefrigerated locker  STD STD
Height-adjustable driver’s seat STD STD
Storage unit under passenger seat STD STD
Manual lumbar adjustment of driver’s seat  STD STD
Front seats with extra support and sports upholstery NA STD
Rear armrest STD STD
Squab-back pocket on front passenger seat STD STD
Split rear seat (3-seater) 60/40 STD STD
Height adjustable front and rear head-restraints STD STD
Third height-adjustable rear head-restraint STD STD
Load restraint hooks in luggage compartment STD STD
AirCon, Automatic dual-zone climate system NA STD
Rear air vents STD STD
Pollen filter STD STD
Dualdrive™ electric power steering STD STD
Sky Dome: electrically opening large glass sunroof Opt Opt
Sports pack (spoiler; sideskirts; chrome waistline trim; special pedals; lumbar adjustment of driver’s seat; leather steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake knobs; sports upholstery; 17” alloys with 225/45 tyres) NA STD
ABS + EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) STD STD
Front airbags with dual stage Smart system STD STD
Front sidebags STD STD
Curtain-bags STD STD
Rear seat-belts with pre-tensioners STD STD
Front seat-belts with pre-tensioners, load limiters STD STD
and fastening sensor
FPS (Fire Prevention System) STD STD
Child safety locks STD STD
ESP Electronic stability control + ASR/MSR, STD STD
HBA and Hill Holder
Foglights with adaptive cornering function STD STD
Radio with CD + MP3 player, HiFi 40 W audio system, 4 speakers + 2 tweeters (water resistant technology) STD STD
6-key radio controls on steering wheel STD STD
Blue&Me™: hands-free system with Bluetooth™ technology with steering wheel controls, instrument panel with multifunction display, MP3 audio file player from USB port and SMS text reader NA STD

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