Fiat" show car was presented last Thursday at the Bologna
Motor Show in dramatic fashion, driven onto the stage after
smashing through a large glass screen by Fiat CEO Luca De
Meo, and then forming the centerpiece of a truly spectacular display.
This unique model confirms the Fiat Group's technological
excellence even in the large four-wheel drive and off-road
segment, derived as it is from the Iveco LMV (Light Multirole Vehicle),
the new military off-road vehicle that embodies cutting edge
technical features and has won the FCLV (Future Command and
Liaison Vehicle) contract for the British Army, also being
chosen by the Italian Army.
The show car has very generous external dimensions: it is
4,870 mm long, 2,050 mm high, 2,200 mm wide and has a
wheelbase of 3,230 mm. It has "exuberant" styling, developed
around a silhouette with straight wheelarches that cut
across the uncluttered sides. The door handles have been
recessed deliberately, so that they do not constitute an
obstacle when driving off-road. In other words, the design
concept underlines the car's practical personality, which is
then taken to the extreme by the vehicle's actual performance.
The Crew-Cab version (long cab with an open platform)
achieves a perfect balance between the feeling of dominating
the terrain from inside the comfortable cab, and the Spartan
personality of a pure expedition Pick-up. The tubular
structure above the cab enhances the solidity of the whole
vehicle, focusing attention on the presence of a complete
rollover bar inside the cab. And finally, the adjustable
sunshade at the top of the windscreen increases the dynamism
of the roof, and recreates the typical structure of vehicles
used for desert crossings. The Oltre-Fiat clearly embodies
power and solidity, having inherited all the features
peculiar to the military model, starting from the permanent
four wheel drive transmission that allows it to tackle any situation or
route it comes across. The merit also goes to the generous 50 cm ground
clearance, and the highly efficient independent suspension
system with coil springs and coaxial dampers.
The vehicle's extraordinary capacity as an "explorer" is
also enhanced by the fact that all-wheel drive is engaged
automatically when it is needed. All three differentials
lock, a system that guarantees optimal wheel grip in all
conditions. Thanks to these solutions, the Oltre Fiat can
negotiate a lateral gradient of up to 40%, and longitudinal
gradients of 80%; it can also tackle fords of up to 85 cm,
and this can be increased to 1.5 metres by mounting special
inlet and exhaust pipe extensions. And finally, the show car
is fitted with high performance, ultra sporty (V speed
code), low profile Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico
315/40R26 XL (Extra load) tyres.
The vehicle on show in Bologna can therefore perform a wide
range of functions; it is equipped with an Iveco F1C Common
rail diesel engine, with a variable geometry turbo and
intercooler. The 3-litre engine has 4 cylinders in line and
delivers a maximum power output of 136 kW (185 bhp) at 3700
rpm, and peak torque of 456 Nm at 1800 rpm. Combined with a
six-speed automatic transmission, the engine gives this
extraordinary vehicle a top speed of over 130 km/h.
And finally, the Oltre-Fiat show car weighs about seven
tonnes, ready for the road and exploiting all its load
capacity. It can seat four or five people, depending on the
interior outfit, with an overall payload of about three tonnes.
Fiat thanks the following organisations for their
collaboration in the development of the Oltre Fiat show car:
RRS (vehicle outfit), Pirelli (tyres), Sabelt (seats) and
Alpine (audiovisual systems).