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Alfa Romeo announces new engine, confirms U.S. launch for 2013

 Alfa Romeo announces new engine, confirms U.S. launch for 2013
Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Engine will have up to 300 hp

Alfa Romeo's return to the United States has taken a huge leap forward as the company has revealed plans to develop a new turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that is fully-compliant with American and European emission regulations.

Designed to set a "new performance standard in its category," the engine will be built in Italy and feature aluminum construction, direction injection and dual variable timing. This will enable it to produce up to 300 hp (224 kW / 304 PS).

According to Fiat's Chief Technology Officer Harald J. Wester, "This is an extremely important step for Alfa Romeo, as we continue to reposition our brand and prepare it for global distribution. The United States remains our primary objective as we prepare for a 2013 introduction of our models."

Source: Fiat

New Alfa Romeo engine to be produced in Italia


A new gasoline direct injection turbo engine for Alfa Romeo is to be developed in Italy for production at the FMA plant in Pratola Serra beginning in early 2013.

Designed for both transversal and longitudinal applications, the new 4-cylinder engine will have a displacement of 1.8 liters and maximum output of 300 hp, setting a new performance standard in its category. It will also be compliant with future emissions standards in both Europe (Euro 6) and the U.S. (Tier 2 Bin 5).

Made entirely of aluminum, the engine will incorporate the most advanced technological content, including a 200-bar gasoline direct injection system, dual variable timing and a high-efficiency turbocharger.

The aluminum architecture, combined with the most innovative technologies, will offer power-to-weight ratio, fuel efficiency, acoustic and vibrational comfort, and driving performance that are the very best in its category and characteristic of Alfa Romeo engines.

"This is an extremely important step for Alfa Romeo, as we continue to reposition our brand and prepare it for global distribution. The United States remains our primary objective as we prepare for a 2013 introduction of our models," added Harald J. Wester, Fiat's Chief Technology Officer and head of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati Brands. "The dedication of Group-wide resources to develop specific powertrain solutions for the specific needs of Alfa Romeo is a reflection of the renewed thrust we are placing on the development of this brand. This is a first step in a series of initiatives to be implemented in the near future which will reconnect Alfa Romeo to its historical roots as a premium Italian sports car brand."

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MRAD
Confirms North American launch for now the, what is it,fourth time?
Oct 4, 2011 7:52 am
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Microice
The motor industry needs an Alfa sedan coz I'm tired of all the German brands right now but Alfa doesn't seem to have their head on the right way to give us something now. Talk is cheap Alfa!
Oct 4, 2011 7:12 am
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Vee4you
add a 4-wheel drive and VW R better start to worry...
Oct 4, 2011 2:48 am
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vilivo
No, Im sorry, but no. I have had a few alfas in my time. All I can say is, they day that they can make a car that does not have the turning circle of an SUV (at low speeds, I know they do this well when ging fast, but I live in a high-class subusrb, with roads and traffic circles on the way to the office, not a race track), I will go back to the brand.
Oct 4, 2011 3:13 am
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saytamaner
direction injection ? dual variable (valve) timing ?
Oct 4, 2011 2:15 am
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Max_Speed
I guess is time to save up some cash :)
Oct 3, 2011 9:08 pm
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Edison
Awesome! Can't wait!
Oct 3, 2011 8:26 pm
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wbizarre
that is so hot.
Oct 3, 2011 8:11 pm
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swifthead
GTA?!!
Oct 3, 2011 5:55 pm
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