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Fiat Bravo
Fiat Brava
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Fiat Bravo
Overview
Also called Fiat Bravissimo (Japan)
Production 1995–2001
Assembly Cassino, Piedimonte San Germano, Italy[1]
Bursa, Turkey (Brava only)
Body and chassis
Class Small family car
Body style 3-door hatchback (Bravo)
5-door hatchback (Brava)
Layout FF layout
Platform Type Two platform (Tipo Due)[2]
Related Fiat Marea
Fiat Multipla
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,540 mm (100.0 in)
Length 4,020 mm (158.3 in) (Bravo)
4,190 mm (165.0 in) (Brava)
Width 1,750 mm (68.9 in)
Height 1,420 mm (55.9 in)
Chronology
Predecessor Fiat Tipo
Successor Fiat Stilo

The Fiat Bravo and Fiat Brava (Type 182) are small family cars produced by the Italian automaker Fiat from 1995 to 2001. They were effectively two versions of the same car, the Bravo a three-door hatchback and the Brava a five-door hatchback.

The Bravo name was revived in 2007 with the all-new Fiat Bravo, a replacement of the Stilo. The new version is available only with five doors. The name Brava was also used in the United States in the 1980s on the earlier Fiat 131.

History[edit]

Fiat Brava
Fiat Brava rear

The Bravo and the Brava were replacements for Fiat's successful but ageing Tipo model. The two cars were very different in styling detail and driving experience, the Bravo chassis being tuned for more precise handling whilst the Brava was tuned for better comfort. Even the interior trim and many of the body colours were unique to either one version or the other. The cars came with all new engines, the base model using a 1.4 L 12-valve engine producing 80 PS (59 kW). Three other petrol engines were available: the 103 PS (76 kW) 1.6 L 16-valve; the 113 PS (83 kW) 1.8 L 16-valve engine and the top of the range 2.0 L 20-valve R5 unit used in the HGT model, which produced 147 PS (108 kW) and which could take the car to a maximum speed of 213 km/h (132 mph), later in 1999 the 155 HGT model replaced the older model, power rising to 155 PS (114 kW). Two turbodiesel engines were also available: both were 1.9 L four cylinder units, one producing 75 PS (55 kW) and the other making 100 PS (74 kW). The Bravo/Brava was voted European Car of the Year on its launch.[3]

In 1996, the Bravo/Brava chassis spawned saloon and estate versions, badged Fiat Marea, a car which was aimed at Ford Mondeo and Opel/Vauxhall Vectra buyers, which won praise for its large boot. Another car based on the Bravo/Brava underpinnings was launched in 1998: the curious-looking Fiat Multipla, a six-seater compact MPV.

The Bravo/Brava received a mild makeover in 1999, but there were few real changes except the replacement of the 1.4 L 12-valve engine with a 1.2 L 16-valve engine from the smaller Fiat Punto and a restyling of the dashboard. The 1.9 turbodiesel was also phased out in favour of 1.9 JTD diesel units (now with and 105 PS or 77 kW), to give even better economy and refinement.

HGT Abarth[edit]

In late 1999 Fiat introduced the Abarth accessories for the Bravo, available were more aggressive wheels and bodykit, performance was the same as the 1.8 HGT model. Was produced since 2000 until 2002.

The Bravo/Brava was discontinued in late 2001, and replaced by the all-new Fiat Stilo.

Engines[edit]

Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note
Petrol engines
1.4 S/SX I4 1,370 cc 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) at 6000 rpm 112 N·m (83 lb·ft) at 2750 rpm Until 1999
80 SX/HSX I4 1,242 cc 82 PS (60 kW; 81 hp) at 5500 rpm 113 N·m (83 lb·ft) at 4250 rpm From 1999
100 SX/HSX/ELX I4 1,581 cc 103 PS (76 kW; 102 hp) at 5750 rpm 144 N·m (106 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm
115 ELX/HLX I4 1,747 cc 113 PS (83 kW; 111 hp) at 6100 rpm 154 N·m (114 lb·ft) at 4400 rpm
HGT I5 1,998 cc 147 PS (108 kW; 145 hp) at 6100 rpm 186 N·m (137 lb·ft) at 4500 rpm Bravo only
155 HLX I5 1,998 cc 155 PS (114 kW; 153 hp) at 6500 rpm 186 N·m (137 lb·ft) at 3750 rpm Bravo only, from 1999
Diesel engines
1.9 D SX I4 1,929 cc 65 PS (48 kW; 64 hp) at 4600 rpm 119 N·m (88 lb·ft) at 2000 rpm
TD 75 SX I4 1,910 cc 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) at 4200 rpm 147 N·m (108 lb·ft) at 2750 rpm
TD 100 SX/ELX I4 1,910 cc 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) at 4200 rpm 200 N·m (150 lb·ft) at 2250 rpm
JTD 105 SX/ELX/GT I4 1,910 cc 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 4000 rpm 200 N·m (150 lb·ft) at 1500 rpm From 1999
JTD 100 SX/ELX/GT I4 1,910 cc 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) at 4000 rpm 200 N·m (150 lb·ft) at 1500rpm From 2001

Brazil[edit]

The Brava was produced until 2003 in Brazil for the home market and export, but in the former the engines available were:

  • Brava SX/ELX 1.6 16v 106 PS (78 kW)
  • Brava HGT 1.8 16v (127 PS (93 kW) or 132 PS (97 kW))

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fiat Press Information". Bravo-guide.co.uk. Retrieved 12 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "Curiosidades Tipo". Fiat Tipo Portugal. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rewind to 1996: Fiat Bravo/Brava.". Quicks. Retrieved 23 January 2014.