Published on October 5th, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
300 hp 1.8-liter engine for the Alfa Romeo 4C
FIAT will provide a high performance 1.8 liter 4-cylinder petrol engine for the Alfa 4C. The new unit, which was first announced in November 2006, is designed for longitudinal and turbocharging applications. It will be an all-aluminum unit which features high pressure direct injection and turbocharging, with power reaching 300hp, the company stated. The current 1.75 liter turbo power engine from Fiat peaks at 235hp in the Alfa Giulietta compact hatchback. Alfa launched a concept model of the 4C at the Geneva auto show in March. The first volume application of the new engine will be on the Giulia midsized wagon and sedan to replace the Europe-only 159 range due by the early part of 2014. The Giulia models most likely will be assembled in the United States for distribution in Europe as well as North America.
The new 1.8 liter engine will be manufactured for worldwide application at the company’s Pratola Serra plant in central Italy starting in the early parts of 2013. Currently, this factory manufactures Fiat midsize diesel and petrol engines such as the 1.75 liter turbo unit. The new engine is made to be compliant with future emissions standards in both the U.S. (Tier 2 Bin 5) and Europe (Euro 6). Fiat’s chief technology officer and head of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands, Harald Wester, commented that this is an “extremely important step” for Alfa Romeo while they continue to reposition the brand and prepare it for worldwide distribution.
He added that the United States remains their primary objective while they prepare for a 2013 launch of their vehicle models. Meanwhile FIAT in Malaysia is still in limbo as there is no franchise operator.