Alfa Romeo Developing New Engines: 480 HP V6 Coming

The engines on the Alfa Romeo MiTo and Giulietta have been reduced to a mix of downsized ethanol burners that appeal mainly to the Italians. However, we still remember that the engines on the 159 sedan were actually good, if not class-leading. They got you excited to go for a drive and even the diesels had zest.
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It seems the car company wants to recapture some of that engineering zest and has begun the development of brand new mills that will be installed on future models, including that rear-wheel drive sedan we're so eager about.

According to Automotive News Europe, the first engines Alfa wants to build are one diesel and two petrol units.

A new 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel will pick up from where the old 2.2 JTS left off. Several outputs are going to be available and they will range from 135 hp, the same as a CLA 200 CDI to 210 hp.

For the petrol engine fans, Alfa is working on a new 2-liter turbo. Currently, their biggest such unit is the 1,750cc, which is spread across the Mito and Giulietta ranges. However, the 2.0 will be less strained and will deliver outputs ranging from 180 hp and a very impressive 330 hp. It will be mated to both manual and automatic gearboxes, being expected to be used on RWD and AWD applications.

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The flagship mill will be a 2.9-liter V6 that's kitted with direct fuel injection and twin turbochargers, just like the mills Maserati uses on the Ghibli. Supposedly based on the Ferrari-developed architecture, it will try and impress us with up to 480 horsepower. Sounds to us like Alfa is gunning for the M3 and C63 AMG!

Further down the line, a 3-liter V6 will be launched as well. Again, it's going to be based on something Maserati already offers. Future buyers can look forward to anywhere between 275 and 340 hp from that mill.

Whatever engines they build, we really hope they've learned their lessons. Some of Fiat's recent models have set new lows for reliability and without a sturdy reputation, Alfa can't hope to battle BMW, Audi or Mercedes, all of which have become huge companies with around 2 million annual sales each.


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