Alfa Romeo to roll out new high-performance engines starting 2016

Article by Christian A., on December 18, 2014

Alfa Romeo is planning to launch new high-performance engines, including a 480hp V-6, as part of its efforts to reconnect the marque to its glorious sporty heritage. Sources from one of Alfa Romeo’s suppliers remarked to Automotive News Europe that the initial set of the high-performance engines -- two gasoline units and a diesel powerplant -- will have their debut in a new midsize sedan that the carmaker will unveil in June 2015 and will start selling in 2016.

According to sources, the 2.9-liter direct injection engine with twin turbochargers has been re-engineered from the 3.0-liter powerplant built by Ferrari for the Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans.

The centerpiece petrol powerplant will be the Global Medium Engine, a four-cylinder 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged unit featuring MultiAir variable valve timing technology. It will have outputs varying from 180 hp to 330 hp and will be paired with manual and automatic gearbox. It will be applicable to vehicles with either rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations.

Also bound for launch is a new 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, with output ranging from 135 hp to 210 hp. The carmaker is collaborating with VM Motori to develop a better version – with outputs of between 275 hp to 340 hp -- of the 3.0-liter V-6 diesel unit fitted on some Jeep and Maserati models.

Alfa, however, is not intending to offer the V-6 diesel in the midsize sedan but plans to offer it in awd variants of a new Alfa large sedan and a new midsize SUV. Alfa is launching eight new models as it bids to hike its global sales to 400,000 vehicles in 2018 from 74,000 in 2013. The carmaker plans to unveil the new midsize, four-door sedan -- code-named “952” -- on June 24, 2015, which is the 105th anniversary of Alfa's foundation. [source: automotive news - sub. required]

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