The Fiat Regata is an automobile produced by Italian automaker Fiat from 1983 until 1990. The Regata name was used for the sedan and station wagon versions of the Fiat Ritmo hatchback, corresponding to the post-facelift Ritmo. The Regata was offered with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines.

Fiat Regata
Fiat Regata berlina.JPG
Fiat Regata Sedan
Also calledFiat Marengo (Van)
Fiat Regatta (Sweden, Latin America)
Production1983–1990 (Italy)
1985-1995 (Argentina)
AssemblyMirafiori, Turin, Italy
Córdoba, Argentina
Body and chassis
ClassSmall family car
Body style4-door saloon
5-door estate"Weekend"
LayoutFF layout
RelatedFiat Ritmo
SEAT Málaga
Engine1.3 L I4
1.4 L I4
1.5 L I4
1.6 L I4
2.0 L I4
1.7 L diesel I4
1.9 L diesel I4
1.9 L turbodiesel I4
Wheelbase2,446 mm (96.3 in)
2,448 mm (96.4 in) Weekend 1985[1]
Length4,260 mm (168 in)
4,267 mm (168.0 in) Weekend 1985
Width1,651 mm (65.0 in)
1,650 mm (65 in) Weekend 1985
Height1,412 mm (55.6 in)
Curb weight890–1,035 kg (1,962–2,282 lb)
PredecessorFiat 131
SuccessorFiat Tempra

Spanish builder SEAT created a similar saloon car from Ritmo underpinnings called the SEAT Málaga. Nevertheless, development for the two cars was separate.


Pre facelift Fiat Regata S (Australia)

The Regata, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1983, was developed from the pre facelift Ritmo (which had been known in United Kingdom and United States markets as the Fiat Strada) and utilised almost all the mechanicals, although the wheelbase was stretched slightly.

A conventional four door three box design, it bore very little external resemblance to the original Ritmo, although it hinted strongly at the look of the facelift of 1982 for that car. In the Swedish market, the car was called "Regatta", as Regata was uncomfortably close to a derogatory term for an overbearing woman.[2]

The Regatta designation was also used on South American markets, except Venezuela. The engines offered were also similar, being the 1301 cc inline four rated at 68 PS (50 kW; 67 hp) (Regata 70) and the 1498 cc model rated at 82 PS (60 kW; 81 hp) (Regata 85).

Both of these were SOHC engines. A DOHC 1585 cc inline four rated at 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) (Regata 100) was also available as were two SOHC diesels, a 1714 cc straight four rated at 58 PS (43 kW; 57 hp) (Regata D) and a 1929 cc version rated at 65 PS (48 kW; 64 hp) (Regata DS), the latter of which was added in 1984.

After fourteen months, diesels represented about thirty percent of the Regatas produced.[3] The Regata 100, as the top model, was well equipped and came with a "check panel", an early onboard computer that provided information on fuel consumption, average speed, range, optimal gear selection, etcetera.[4]

An economy model called the "ES" ("Energy Saving") was also available, it featured an early start-stop system.[5] It featured some detail modifications to the aerodynamics, an optimised (higher compression ratio and different valve timing) 1301 cc engine (rated at 65 PS (48 kW; 64 hp)), an engine shut off system (when idling) and electronic ignition.

Aside from the lowest priced versions, a five speed manual transmission came as standard.[6]

Rear view of a 1986 Fiat Regata D Weekend (pre-facelift), showing the portion of the rear bumper which could be folded down

The Regata Weekend estate was introduced in November 1984.[7] It was available with all engines offered in the sedan, although there was no optional automatic transmission available in the Regata Weekend.[8] The Weekend replaced the 131 Panorama, which had been kept in production alongside the Regata.

It featured a folding rear bumper, enabling easier access to the load area and doubling as a seat capable of supporting 150 kg (330 lb) when folded down.[9]

The suspension and brakes were uprated to cope with the extra weight. Alongside there was also a two-seater glazed van derivative called the Marengo, only available with the larger diesel engine.[10] The Marengo made its debut at the Brussels Commercial vehicle show in the beginning of 1985.[8]


Facelift Fiat Regata (Europe)
Facelift Fiat Regata (Europe)

A mid life update was carried out in April 1986, in which numerous small details were changed, most notably new doors with an altered window line. New door handles, grille, bumpers and wheel trims also featured.

The 1,585 cc engine gained fuel injection to become the 100S i.e. (also available with a catalytic converter, losing some power and becoming the 90i.e.) whilst a catalysed and fuel injected 1,498 cc unit powered the 75i.e. The 85 Automatic was also replaced by the 70 Automatic with a 1.3 litre engine rated at 65 PS (48 kW; 64 hp).

The diesel powered models also changed slightly. An 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) 1,929 cc turbodiesel engine was introduced (badged Regata Turbo DS) whilst the 1,714 cc unit dropped in capacity to 1,697 cc (but gained power to 60 PS (44 kW; 59 hp) and had reduced fuel consumption).

This model was simply badged as the Regata D. The weight was also reduced slightly. Production ceased in February 1990, when the Tempra was introduced.

Sevel productionEdit

Sevel built Regatta (1993)

The Regata started production by Sevel in Argentina in 1985, where production continued until 1995. 56,789 were built in Argentina, with limited exports to select South American nations with lower barriers for entry such as Venezuela and Chile. As in Sweden, the car was called the Regatta in Latin America.[11] Unlike its European sisters, the car was considered somewhat upmarket in Latin America.

The Regatta 85 received an 82 hp (61 kW) 1.5 litre, while a 100S came with a 100 hp (75 kW) 1.6 litre version. Along with a facelift in 1987, the 2000 Twincam replaced the 100S, carrying the same level of equipment but with the Croma's larger Twin Cam two litre engine with 10 more hp and considerably more torque.

The 2000 managed the 0–100 km/h sprint in 9.8 seconds and had a rear spoiler. The Regatta 85 changed names, becoming the Regatta 1.5 S (Super) and SC (Super Confort).

A more thorough facelift in 1988 produced the Regatta Edición II. The engines remained the same until the 1990 model year, when both engines were replaced by the 87 hp (65 kW) 1581 cc engine from the Fiat Tipo. Later, a cheaper 1.4 S using the 1372 cc Tipo engine, with 63 hp (47 kW), was added to the line up.

Production ended in 1995, as the Regata was replaced by the Tempra in Latin America as well. The Regatta Weekend (Station Wagon) was also produced in Argentina between 1986 and 1992, only available with the 1.5 engine initially. For the last three years, this was replaced with the Tipo's 1.6 litre engine.



Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Notes
60 I4 1116 cc 44 kW (60 PS; 59 hp) at 5?00 rpm Greece, perhaps others
70 I4 1301 cc 48 kW (65 PS; 64 hp) at 5600 rpm 100 N⋅m (74 lb⋅ft) at 3000 rpm
70 I4 50 kW (68 PS; 67 hp) at 5700 rpm 100 N⋅m (74 lb⋅ft) at 2900 rpm
1.4 S I4 1372 cc 46 kW (63 PS; 62 hp) at 5800 rpm 102 N⋅m (75 lb⋅ft) at 3000 rpm
75 i.e. I4 1498 cc 55 kW (75 PS; 74 hp) at 5800 rpm 108 N⋅m (80 lb⋅ft) at 3000 rpm
1.5 S/SC
I4 58 kW (79 PS; 78 hp) at 5500 rpm
60 kW (82 PS; 80 hp) at 5500 rpm
122 N⋅m (90 lb⋅ft) at 2900 rpm
120 N⋅m (89 lb⋅ft) at 3000 rpm

Latin America
1.6 S/SC I4 1581 cc 64 kW (87 PS; 86 hp) at 6000 rpm 130 N⋅m (96 lb⋅ft) at 3000 rpm Latin America
90i I4 1585 cc 66 kW (90 PS; 89 hp) @ 6250 rpm 122 N⋅m (90 lb⋅ft) at 4250 rpm
100 S I4 74 kW (101 PS; 99 hp) at 5900 rpm 133 N⋅m (98 lb⋅ft) at 3800 rpm
100 S i.e. I4 74 kW (101 PS; 99 hp) at 6000 rpm 128 N⋅m (94 lb⋅ft) at 4000 rpm
2000 Twincam I4 1995 cc 81 kW (110 PS; 109 hp) at 5000 rpm 163 N⋅m (120 lb⋅ft) at 5900 rpm Latin America


Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Years
1.7 D[12] I4 1714 cc 43 kW (58 PS; 58 hp) at 4500 rpm 103 N⋅m (76 lbf⋅ft) at 3000 rpm 1983–1986
1.7 D I4 1697 cc 44 kW (60 PS; 59 hp) at 4500 rpm 103 N⋅m (76 lbf⋅ft) at 3000 rpm 1986–
1.9 D[13] I4 1929 cc 48 kW (65 PS; 64 hp) at 4600 rpm 119 N⋅m (88 lbf⋅ft) at 2000 rpm 1984–
1.9 TD I4 1929 cc 59 kW (80 PS; 79 hp) at 4200 rpm 172 N⋅m (127 lbf⋅ft) at 2400 rpm 1986–

Scale modelsEdit

Polistil manufactured a 1/25 and a 1/41 scale diecast Regata. A 1/43 variant of this car was made by Bburago, Norev (for Hachette Fiat Story) and Elite Models.


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