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Alfa Romeo plans new engines, including high-power turbo V6

December 18, 2014

Alfa Romeo is planning to return to its former sporting pedigree and will introduce a new range of performance engines, including high-output units ready for use in rear- and all-wheel drive layouts.

Alfa Romeo MultiAir turbo

According to an Automotive News report, three engines are being planned for the near future including two petrol and one diesel. The first will apparently debut as early as June in the upcoming mid-size sedan model, codenamed project 952, which will rival the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE.

Of the two petrol engines is a range-topping 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 derived from the Ferrari-built 3.0-litre V6 that powers Maserati models. Power is said to top 357kW, potentially providing Alfa with a serious competitor for the BMW M3 and Mercedes C 63 AMG.

The other petrol powerplant, a 2.0-litre direct-injected four-cylinder featuring MultiAir variable valve-timing technology, will develop from 100kW to 246kW and will be mated to a manual or automatic transmission. Both front- and rear-wheel drive layouts are expected to be offered.

Finally, a new 2.2-litre turbo-diesel unit producing between 102kW and 156kW is said to be in the works. This will balance out Alfa’s new found performance engines with a little bit of diesel sensibility. The diesel unit is likely to make up the entry-level section of the new mid-size sedan range.

This all comes as part of Fiat-Chrysler’s new business model, placing an emphasis on brand expansion for the Italian brand, with eight new models coming by 2018. The plan involves a US$7 billion investment in the hope to boost sales from 74,000 units last year to 400,000 units in 2018.

Other new models in the pipeline are set to include SUVs and a larger premium sedan to sit above the 3 Series rival. There’s also talk of a dedicated sports car, and possibly a roadster based on the recently-revealed Mazda MX-5, although, the roadster may wear a Fiat badge.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.

  • Longer Left Foot

    It’s my understanding that there will be RWD and AWD variants, not FWD as reported above. Exciting times for Alfa, but as the current owner of a 2 y.o Giulietta, I hope they find ways of building interiors that don’t rattle, otherwise their premium engineering claims lack substance.