Alfa Romeo confirms hot 1.8-liter turbo -- and a U.S. return in 2013

By Editors on October 10, 2011 10:44 AM

Moving ahead with its grand plan to sell more cars worldwide -- but particularly here in America -- Alfa Romeo has announced it is proceeding with development of a new 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that will be fully compliant with all Euro and U.S. emissions regulations. Fast-tracked by its parent company, FIAT, this new all-aluminum 4-cylinder is designed for use in both longitudinal and transverse applications. It incorporates a variety of sophisticated features, including high-pressure gasoline direct-injection, dual-variable valve timing and an advanced turbocharger design, elements that will allow the most powerful version to make up to 300 horsepower. The first appearance of this new engine is expected to be in the new Alfa Romeo 4C model that was first shown in concept form at this year's Geneva Auto Show.

"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."