Fiat SpA has announced that it will produce a new gasoline direct injection turbo engine for Alfa Romeo in Italy at the FMA plant in Pratola Serra beginning in early 2013.
The engine is designed for both transversal and longitudinal applications. The 4-cylinder engine will have a displacement of 1.8 liters and a 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),” Fiat said in a statement.
“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.”
– By: Omar Rana