The so much hailed ground breaking 900cc twin multi air turbo engine fitted to the Fiat 500 as a replacement of the 1.242cc FIRE engine has not been as well received by testers as anticipated.. Despite the 84bhp the engine runs out of puff at a 140kph and struggles to reach its top speed, unlike the good old 1242cc FIRE. On motorway hills it seems that down shifting is inevitable to stay with the traffic flow even in Britain with 113kph speed limit. But it gets even worse than that> According to Fiat the fuel consumption figures are better than 24kpl but the testers got not better than a sobering 13kpl. Interestingly VW mentioned independently that they are not going to 2 cylinder engines in the upcoming Lupo because it is more important to work on the fuel effidiency of the 3 cylinder models than trying to get engines smaller and smaller. Looks like Fiat will have to do some re-thinking. The success of the 500 is dwindeling in Europe and does not look like a success in India either. People are less willing to pay the overinfalted prices of the 500 in Europe and neither will a lot of people be willing to pay the price tag in India either, which nobody can blame them. By topping the screwing up with the new engine Fiat will once more shoot itself in the foot.