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Alfa Romeo has announced plans to build a new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that will produce an impressive 300-hp from a displacement of just 1.8-liters. Claiming it will be, “setting a new performance standard in its category” the all aluminum engine will feature direct injection, dual variable valve timing and will comply with future emissions standards both in Europe and the U.S. – an strong indication that it will find its way in some of Alfa’s U.S.-bound models.
“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.”
Set to begin production in 2013 at the brand’s FMA plant in Pratola Serra, it is designed for use both longitudinally and transversely. The new powerplant could find its way under the hood of the upcoming 4C sports car, as well as a rumored flagship sedan based off the Chrysler 300.
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While Alfa Romeo has delayed its return to the U.S. market, company engineers have been hard at work developing a range topping rear wheel drive sedan by 2014.
Initial rumors claimed an Alfa Romeo variant of the Maserati Quattroporte were in the works but new documents confirm a sedan using Chrysler 300C architecture instead. Possibly named Alfa Romeo 6C, the sedan will likely be built alongside the 300C at the Brampton Assembly plant in Ontario, Canada, igniting suggestions of Alfa Romeo’s return to North America once again.
Moreover, Alfa Romeo ambitiously set sales goals to 400,000 units annually by 2014. As the company is struggling to meet 155,999 units for this year, the giant leap all but confirms Alfa’s imminent return to our shores.
As for other upcoming Alfa Romeo products, company executives promise significant revamping to achieve strong reliability, lower service costs, reduced fuel consumption, and improved residual value. According to a recent press release, Alfa Romeo aims to be recognized as “An Italian brand with a strong commitment to advanced technology, performance and style that will become a global competitor in near-premium segments within three years.”