1982-91 IP URBANA Mk1
With the Colibri growing in size for the second generation, the Urbana was the new entry level model at its release in 1982. Featuring an all new 3-cylinder 995 cc engine with 3 valves per cylinder and throttle body fuel injection, a power output of 43 hp and a torque of 79 Nm meant that the performance wasn’t really amazing, 0-100 was done in 16.5 seconds and the top speed was as low as 129 km/h. Average fuel consumtion of 8.5 litres per 100 km was OK for its time but not really amazing today considering how small the car and engine was.
Of course, it utilized a transversely mounted engine and front wheel drive, which now was universal practice among small cars, and simplicity was something that the whole construction oozed of. Inside, luxuries were sparse, there was space for four adults on simple vinyl clad seats with only lap belts in the rear, though 3 point belts up front and all of them of reel type. Overall, safety was no big priority, it had basic stuff like front head restraints and a telescoping steering column. About the only surprise when it came to equipment was the five speed manual gearbox, which of course meant improved economy.
In 1987 the Urbana got some improvements. The bumpers now was painted the body color (the easiest way to spot the difference between a 1986 and a 1987 model), and the engine got a multi-point EFI and high flow catalyst. That meant the power bumped up to 50 hk, the 0-100 time was reduced to 14.5 seconds and the top speed raised to 136 km/h. The big improvements was in fuel economy though, now down to 6.7 litres per 100 km.
The Urbana was mostly a budget model, however, in 1987 a low volume pocket-rocket was released, the 1000 GTT/CS, replacing the Stanley/Colibri 1300 GTT/CS. A turbo bumped up the power to 116 hp in the little 3-cylinder, meaning that it now could do 175 km/h and accelerate from 0-100 in 8 seconds flat. Disc brakes with ABS and 14" alloy wheels with low profile tyres instead of the skinny 12" steelies was other improvements. The GTT/CS was only built in a limited number per year though.
The Urbana became a sales success, maybe not so strange, being a very cheap and still versatile and useable car. In 1991 the final examples of the first generation rolled off the line. Though (except for the GTT/CS) it’s still waiting to achieve any collector car status at all.