It’s time to get your convertible before costs return to great weather. Combining exclusivity and style The Fiat along with the MG are unique and affordable bargains. However, they’re not targeted towards the same target audience.
The forces that are presentSimple and delightfully retro designs of The Fiat Barchetta, here in 1995. Who could have imagined that it conceals Punto’s platform?
Fiat Barchetta (1995 – 2005) Roadster four cylinders in line, 1.7 l atmo, 130 horsepower, 1,060 kilograms 200 km/h, starting at EUR 5,000.The MG F, here a vehicle from the year 2000, is a symbol of modernity. It also conceals structural elements of a city car, such as it’s the Rover 100. Photo: Benzin.fr.
G F 1.8 (1995 from 1995 to 2002) Roadster with 4 cylinders, 1.8 l atmo, 120 horsepower, 1,060 kilograms 193 km/h. Price from EUR4,800.
In the 1990s, the trend was for fun vehicles and convertibles, particularly. In line with a trend that was initiated with the Mazda MX-5 , several manufacturers were able to introduce the roadster. Among the list was Alfa Romeo and Fiat were the first to introduce the line with their Spider 916 and Barchetta at the end of 1994, despite the fact that they weren’t sold immediately. They’ll be available in 1995, which is the year that they will see the BMW Z3 and MG F are released . Mercedes-Benz is expected to arrive there in 1996, along with its renowned SLK along with the marketplace for discoverables is expected to expand substantially… however, not for the long-term. What is the impact of the September 11th terrorist attacks and the need for security that it sparked? However, the small convertibles will disappear completely except for that of the BMW Z4.
Presentation: it’s very distinct seductionsVery nice Fiat Barchetta Naxos, a limited edition in 2001. It is distinguished by the silver-colored accessories like the mirrors.
A great specialist in the beautiful and affordable roadster of the 70s and 60s, in which it offered an 850 or the 124 Spider, Fiat abandoned the category in the early part of the 1980s. It took over 10 years to re-enter it after experiencing an era of darkness. (one more). The Punto that was launched in the latter half of 1993, that allowed it to escape it. On its foundation the Italian giant came up with a delightful small two-seater convertible called the Barchetta.
Created developed by Andreas Zapatinas, it seduces with its beautiful curves that recall the 1960s, and even when some complain that it is just an engine model, the Fiat is able to counter by introducing its engine. In fact, it launches a 1.8 4 l model of the Pratola Serra block fitted to the massive five-cylinder Lancia Kappa. With an intake camshaft phase switcher (a initial in Fiat) along with 16 valves the engine of the Barchetta produces 130 horsepower and propels the tiny Italian roadster to speeds of more than 200 km/h.The windscreen is a crucial component of the Fiat Barchetta, invaded by air eddies and without it. Here’s a revised version in 2004.
Therefore, he has an authentic sporting disposition. It was announced with pictures at the close of 1994, it displayed to the public for the first time during the Geneva Motor Show and marketed right following. Its price is 12,600 F (current EUR27,800, according to the INSEE) The Fiat is more appealing than its rivals, however the equipment isn’t as well-equipped today. ABS, alloy rims, and passenger airbags are all an option, and the soft top is a manual option.
Version Pack (135,800 F) includes anti-lock brakes as well as electric mirrors. The sales started off well (10,000 models sold between 1996 and) however the process of manufacturing is complex. The white bodies are manufactured in Ilcas and then painted in Bertone and then delivered to Maggiora and finally to Chivasso and where the assembly is completed with engines from south Italy. The result is that the Barchetta is unlikely to change much in the beginning, with some declines in a limited edition like the Naxos.
The power supply was changed in 1998. The original version was taken out in 1999 A third brake light was added on the lid of the trunk in 2000, and then… manufacturing was cut off in 2002. Why? Because Maggiora went bankrupt! It was revived in 2003 at Mirafiori. Fiat manufacturing plant in Mirafiori The manufacturer had since redesigned their front bumpers, slightly redesigned the cockpit, improved the equipment and fitted new wheels.
Thus this is why the Barchetta comes in two variants which are the base version along with it is also available as the Spider Europa, which adds air conditioning and leather specifically. The Barchetta will not last forever The Barchetta was discontinued in 2005 after it was manufactured with 57,791 pieces. It was a mixed success is not likely to encourage Fiat to make the Barchetta a successor.In 1995, when it first came out in 1995, the MG F surprised by the central position of the engine, which was astonished by its high stern.
Similar to Fiat, MG successfully sold roadsters, with the B being for a long time the most well-known around the globe in this sector before it was replaced by Mazda MX-5. In 1980, the MG B, will not be replaced. In any case, not directly. In the 1980s, we began working on a descendant project, the F16 project however, it was the British Leyland group, to which the MG was a part of, was terribly short of funds.
Named Rover Group in 1986, it was acquired from British Aerospace in 1988 and profited from the new funding however it wasn’t until the shock of the MX-5 of 1989, that the green signal was actually given to a potential MG roadster. The F16 project gets a new life and renamed Phoenix. Between traction, front engine/propulsion, and mid-engine/propulsion, we retained this last formula in 1991. Indeed, customer tests show a rejection of traction for a convertible pleasure car, and we do not have the funds for develop a front-engine/rear-wheel-drive platform.
However when you put the engine/box assembly into the central part of the car it is possible to access the platform that is ad-hoc. What do you need to do ? We will take Rover 100 and Rover 100 then we turn the vehicle over to position the engine ahead of passengers. You have to think about it! From the city vehicle, we will adopt, after making it better by enhancing it, the Hydragas suspension that is a hydraulic system developed by Alex Moulton, which works without pressure, which is different from that of Citroen. Its engine is one of the K-Series and it will be the MG F will inaugurate a 1.8 L version, and all of it is housed into a bodywork crafted by Gerry McGovern. It is who is currently working employed at Land Rover. In 1995, at Geneva in Geneva, the MG F was very well appreciated by experts who were impressed with its design.It is the MG F, like the Barchetta is available with a soft-top that is optional that is always a pleasant sight during winter. In 2000 it will be available with an Steptronic constantly variable gearbox is going to be available as an option for enthusiasts of smooth and comfortable driving.
It has a modern and fresh look In contrast to Barchetta and Z3 The English still sticks to 120 horsepower. The car nevertheless had a excellent commercial debut even though it was only launched in France in the first quarter of 1996. It was just before the introduction of the 145 HP version, which comes with the camshaft phase shifter. In France this MG F is quite expensive with a price of It costs 143,750 F in 120 horsepower (current EUR 30,400, according to the INSEE website) as well as the 165,900 F (current EUR 35,100) in 145 hp, with the version with 145 hp is fitted with Leather upholstery and ABS.
Since 1998 ABS along with dual front airbags were made standard, with no cost increase. If a small change in styling is made in 1999 (bringing 110 HP engine) but the improvements do not go will be able to continue. In fact, BMW took control of the Rover Group in 1994 and restricted its MG F (no sales in the USA or with high horsepower) to ensure that it would not affect its Z3! In 2000, however the Bavarian brand was sold to its Rover Group, which suddenly decided to launch the 160 horsepower version in 2001 and the Trophy 160, a series restricted to only 2,000 units. In 2001, however, the MG F bows out just after, and is sold 77,000 copies, which is an impressive score. It is replaced with the TF it is an enormous change but not without being rejected in a number of limited series.
Reliability/maintenance: most reliable FiatOther than an engine phase shifter for the camshaft it is the motor of Fiat Barchetta does not have any noteworthy shortcomings.
Even if it’s engine is brand new it’s 1.8 1 l of fuel in the Barchetta is not a cause for issues other than the phase shifter, which can be adjusted using the timer belt (if it emits an engine noise). Water leaks can also be found on the headlights as well as electrical issues, which are rarely major. However, corrosion could be a serious threat to the underbody particularly on vehicles that come from areas that are very salty during winter. It is important to have them thoroughly examined prior to purchasing. The Fiat age well and is simple to maintain.The K engine in the MG F was found to be extremely fragile, mainly due to the head gasket. It is also expensive to repair because of the lack of access.
For the MG F, the problem will be first the gasket on the head of the cylinder. too fragile, it snaps rapidly, particularly as it gets hot underneath the bonnet of the rear. Due to the lack of access, replacement of the gasket is expensive (nearly 2 000 euros). Additionally, you have to consider that Hydragas suspension is susceptible to leaks, and the spheres begin to deflate. Additionally, they’re difficult to locate, and technicians who are able to fix the spheres are scarce. In addition it is also true that the English car is as prone to corrosion of the underbody like the Fiat. It is true that the MG F can last a long time , but it has to be kept in top condition.
Advantage: Fiat. It is more durable mechanically and easy to maintain, Fiat beats its competition here.
“Life on Board”: English comforterModern and chic The interior design of the Fiat Barchetta, here in 1995, also appears simple.
On the Fiat we love the unique and fun design on the instrument panel. The only issue is the light-weight appearance. The passengers have two comfortable seats with nothing more. they are extremely comfortable. The shelf that is behind passengers is extremely useful particularly with a trunk that is limited in size. In addition, the Hood opens in a flash. In short, we’ve carefully optimized a relatively small practical size.The interior of the MG F appears much more sparkling than the Barchetta. Right-hand drive models are available for sale on the French market and are considerably less expensive than the left-hand drive models.
In the MG We are having a more elegant and comfortable cabin than the Fiat. The interior is more luxurious and the design is less unique, but it is more stylish. We get a stunning upholstery and an extra bit of space than the Barchetta. In some models we even have access to a beautiful wood/leather trim that matches perfectly to the style we see of English automobiles. The hood is simple, and very simple to use. However, the assembly isn’t any better than the one made by the Italian.
Benefit: MG F. Better designed than the Fiat more welcoming and large The English car is treated with more respect.
behind the wheel Latin Joy of LivingOn the road The Barchetta is distinguished by its powerful engine as well as its lively behavior, and its surprisingly comfortable ride.
Onboard the Barchetta the passengers enjoy an excellently designed driving position, which is supported by the steering wheel that is adjustable. From the beginning the engine produces an appealing sound, but is found to be fluid. It then effortlessly can handle its 7000 rpm min, and is able to deliver stunning intervals at mid-range. It is a bit erratic, and the engine is carefully staged to support it just as it ought to. It’s an extremely pleasant experience to use similar to the steering wheel that is precise and reliable.
The hydraulically assisted suspension enables users to experience the roads with ease and also the rigid suspension. This, in conjunction with the best running gear, ensures efficient and comfortable handling, even though comfort isn’t the primary goal of this nimble and flexible Barchetta. It shakes slightly and the eddies can be a bit annoying even when it’s not on and the volume is quite loud however, we’re flooded with emotions. The compromise that was reached has something to please fans!It is not much more active than the Fiat The MG F is much more comfy, yet it offers less. It’s a matter of preference.
In the MG we also love the driver’s position as well as the adjustable steering wheel. The engine doesn’t sound like the Fiat as the sound comes from behind! It’s quite pleasant, and the flex of the block isn’t in doubt. Furthermore, in normal usage, it delivers the same performance as the Fiat. This is particularly evident in high-speed revs.
The F is thus a bit less responsive, and less active when it comes to its controls, but its suspension is more comfortable than the Barchetta and the handling is as excellent. However it is true that at the limits of the range, the English will be less able to communicate (electrically guided steering) and be less precise as the Italian however that’s not the issue. In the end, since the MG F is intended for an easier ride and it is able to adjust better to long drives, particularly due to its better soundproofing and is insulated from the eddies. However, it won’t be able to capture as many experiences.
Advantage: equality. The Fiat is more energetic and efficient, while the MG is more tranquil and comfortable. The two road holdings are comparable. It is important to consider your needs.
Budget: Good EqualityThe side of the Fiat Barchetta is at least equally successful as its bow. In 2000 the car will be fitted with a third brake light.
If you want a stunning but not the perfect Barchetta it is recommended to spend an initial cost of around EUR5,000 with 150,000 kilometers in the clock. At a price of EUR6,000, you’ll get one with about 100,000 kilometers, and by raising it to $7,500, you could even get the Riviera Limited Edition (red leather) with 85,000 kilometers. For EUR 10,000, it could be a stage 2 with 50,000 kilometers. The consumption? Count 8 l/100 km on average.Rear view of the MG F is clearly inspired by the EX-E concept from 1985.
Its MG F 120 hp sails in the same waters as the Fiat. It is recommended to budget 4,800 EUR for a stunning car with 150,000 kilometers that needs no upfront expenses. With a price of EUR6, the mileage could drop to about 100,000 km. At EUR9,500, you can purchase an excellent car with an estimated 75,000 kilometers. Similar to the Italian and the Italian, the English consumes 8 l/100 km in average.
Advantage: equality. The abundant supply of food ensures that the Barchetta from being overpriced and, conversely its rarity permits the MG to hold some worth.
Conclusion A more affordable FiatIn 2003 it was revealed that the Fiat Barchetta benefited from a new shield, giving the car a more aggressive design.
Infusing sensations in the name of comfort (which is acceptable) The Fiat Barchetta is highly efficient extremely comfortable and efficient when driving in a lively manner. It also has an extremely durable and easy-to-maintain motor However, you’ll have be aware of conditions of its underbody.The MG F was introduced in 1999. somewhat modified MG F was distinguished by an altered shield.
It is able to hold the road also it is, this MG F proves to be more comfortable than the Fiat and, as well as being more insulated it will be more suited for long drives. However it is less able to distill emotions and isn’t as swift. However its engine, and particularly its suspension requires a keen eye or the risk of causing issues. Also, it rusts and the experts are not as skilled as the ones of Italian.