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Segment: Compact

Just one year before the communist regime was thrown away by the people, FSO introduced a new evolution for its already old Polonez range and named it Prima.

Developed on the old Fiat platform, the 1988 model was updated to keep pace with the competition. FSO was exported in Western Europe and in the U.K., and it faced stiff competition from the French, German, British, and Italian carmakers. Its low price was no longer a good enough reason to buy one, so the Polish company had to adapt.

The interior featured a similar design as its predecessor, the regular Polonez model range. Due to its tilting steering column and the large interior, it was easy for a driver to find a good position. There was plenty of room in the back for two passengers, but the middle one had to sit on the transmission tunnel. A folding rear seatback was available to increase the trunk size.

Despite being offered a standard three-year warranty and a decent engine, the FSO Prime was not as successful as the carmaker needed to keep the production lines running smoothly. A 1.5-liter engine was the only choice that was offered on all markets, while for Poland and other East-European countries, FSO offered another two versions with a 1.4-liter and a 1.6-liter, respectively. All versions were exclusively paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox.

FSO Prima 1988 - 1996
FSO Prima (1988 - 1996)
FSO Prima 1988 - 1996
  3 gasoline engines
  • 1.4
  • 1.5
  • 1.6
  1 diesel engine
  • 1.9 D

FSO Prima 1.4

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1396 cm3
Power
76 KW @ 6000 RPM
103 HP @ 6000 RPM
102 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
94 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM
127 Nm @ 5000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
108.7 mph (175 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/70 HR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
170.1 in (4321 mm)
Width
65 in (1651 mm)
Height
55.9 in (1420 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.1/53.1 in (1,374/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
98.8 in (2510 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2425.1 lbs (1100 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3417.2 lbs (1550 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)

FSO Prima 1.5

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1481 cm3
Power
55 KW @ 5200 RPM
75 HP @ 5200 RPM
74 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
84 lb-ft @ 2900 RPM
114 Nm @ 2900 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
96 mph (154 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
17.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70 R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
170.1 in (4321 mm)
Width
65 in (1651 mm)
Height
55.9 in (1420 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.1/53.1 in (1,374/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
98.8 in (2510 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2447 lbs (1110 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3417.2 lbs (1550 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
29.8 mpg US (7.9 L/100Km)

FSO Prima 1.6

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1598 cm3
Power
57 KW @ 5000 RPM
78 HP @ 5000 RPM
76 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
90 lb-ft @ 2900 RPM
122 Nm @ 2900 RPM
Fuel System
Monopoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
99.4 mph (160 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70 R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
170.1 in (4321 mm)
Width
65 in (1651 mm)
Height
55.9 in (1420 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.1/53.1 in (1,374/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
98.8 in (2510 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2447 lbs (1110 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3439.2 lbs (1560 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
28.7 mpg US (8.2 L/100Km)

FSO Prima 1.9 D

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9 D
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1905 cm3
Power
51 KW @ 4600 RPM
69 HP @ 4600 RPM
68 BHP @ 4600 RPM
Torque
89 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
120 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Indirect Injection
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
87 mph (140 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
19.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70 R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
170.1 in (4321 mm)
Width
65 in (1651 mm)
Height
55.9 in (1420 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.1/53.1 in (1,374/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
98.8 in (2510 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2524.3 lbs (1145 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3439.2 lbs (1560 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
40.6 mpg US (5.8 L/100Km)
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