Alfa Romeo Readies New Engines For 2015 Debut
Aside from rebuilding itself in North America, Alfa Romeo is set to introduce a new family of high-performance engines into the lineup, the first of which will come in the next six months.
Automotive News Europe reports three of those engines — two gasoline, one diesel — will debut with the automaker’s new midsize sedan in June 2015, hitting showrooms sometime in 2016.
The main unit will be a direct-injection 2-liter turbo-four with MultiAir VVT on-board. That engine, dubbed the Global Medium Engine, is expected to produce 180-330 horsepower, with the power directed to the back or all four corners via a range of automatic and manual transmissions. A 2.2-liter turbodiesel four-pot will also be available, delivering 135 to 210 horses in the same manner.
The crown jewel, however, will be a 2.9-liter direct-injection twin-turbo V6 — remade from Ferrari’s 3-liter unit found in the Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli — which will throw down up to 480 stallions for the trouble.
VM Motori has also been called upon, working with Alfa to develop a new version of the 3-liter V6 diesel found in a handful of Jeep and Maserati products. Two variants are expected, ranging from 275 horsepower — like the current mill — to 340 horsepower. The engines will be used in AWD applications, and will only be found under the hoods of a large sedan and midsize SUV down the road.
Would not buy.
" The crown jewel, however, will be a 2.9-liter direct-injection twin-turbo V6 — remade from Ferrari’s 3-liter unit found in the Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli" Ferrari? Ferrari? Ferrari V6? Don't make me laugh. The Maserati V6 is just a version of the Pentastar V6 found in the Chrysler minivan and Dodge Ram. Nothing Ferrari about it, except, and this is a big MAYBE, the heads might have some Ferrari design influence. The blocks are all cast in the good ole USA and shipped to Italy, where they get their cylinder heads. Supposedly Ferrari, but that's just marketing BS. http://www.pentastars.com/engines/ferrari.php This has been common onowledge for at least 3 years. Everywhere except TTAC and its commenters, which results in idiotically stupid comments from the usual suspects. Typos are one thing - having zero knowledge quite another.
I'm still tuned to the days when Alfa was a Brougham Fiat.
Maybe the new turbo-4 will find its way into the 4c, which as it stands pretty much only has one nut (although it's wound pretty tight).