The seems of an previous Volkswagen Jetta, the reliability of an previous Italian car, and the inconvenience of proper-hand drive. Your whole goals can come true in in the present day’s Rare Experience â€” a Fiat Tempra. It made its method from Nineteen Nineties Italy to England, then stormed up the banks of Rhode Island.
Designed with the fashionable household saloon class of vehicle in thoughts, the Tempra was a couple of-generations-eliminated descendant of the legendary Fiat 124. The brand new Tempra stood in as direct alternative for the angular Fiat Regata, which carried household car duty at Fiat between 1983 and 1990.
Sharing the Tipo Tre (Sort Three) platform with the comparable however extra trendy Alfa Romeo one hundred fifty five, and the comparable however extra derpy Lancia Dedra, the Tempra debuted at the Geneva Salon present in 1990. Manufacturing started that yr, with 4- and 5-door sedan, wagon, and panel van variants for European markets. There was additionally a two-door sedan, however that physique fashion was solely obtainable to Brazilians.
As anticipated, the Tempra was entrance-drive, however Fiat provided elective 4-wheel drive on the wagon model. Engines ranged between 1.four- and a couple of-liters in displacement. All of them have been inline-fours, and naturally aspirated or turbo variants have been obtainable in each gasoline and diesel engines.
The standard 5-velocity guide and 4-velocity automated transmissions provided on the Tempra have been joined by one other, very particular transmission â€” a imaginative and prescient of the future. It was the Selecta transmission, in any other case described as a CVT. Paired solely with the 1.6-liter gasoline engine, it was the first time Fiat provided such a transmission in a mid-size car. The Selecta was beforehand obtainable in smaller Fiat fashions like the Uno and Panda. A fast search revealed the Selecta was obtainable for the 1986 mannequin yr in small Fiats, they usually’re very scarce at this time.
The Tempra remained principally unchanged all through its life, receiving a mid-cycle refresh partway by way of manufacturing in 1993. Right now’s Rare Journey wears the unique for ’ninety styling; after the facelift the SX trim was solely obtainable with the 1.eight- or 2-liter engines. In the present day’s guide 1.6 SX simply missed the reduce for an improve.
As prime-trim mannequin, most interior features on this instance are electrically powered, and the supreme digital sprint is absolutely useful in its shiny shade scheme. The itemizing on Hemmings signifies there have been solely six of those Tempras left on the roads in the United Kingdom. That quantity is now down to 5, since this Tempra resides in Rhode Island.
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