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Fiat to develop and produce new 4-cylinder gasoline direct injection turbo for Alfa

Fiat will develop a new 4-cylinder gasoline direct injection turbo engine for Alfa Romeo in Italy for production at the FMA plant in Pratola Serra beginning in early 2013. Designed for both transversal and longitudinal applications, the new will have a displacement of 1.8 liters and maximum output of 300 hp (224 kW, setting a new performance standard in its category.

It will be compliant with Euro 6 standards and US Tier 2 Bin 5 standards.

Made entirely of aluminum, the engine will incorporate a 200-bar gasoline direct injection system, dual variable timing and a high-efficiency turbocharger.

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.

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.

—Harald J. Wester, Fiat’s Chief Technology Officer and head of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati Brands



Chrysler has been designing a DI and MultiAir version of its World engine under the code name "Thunder Shark", that is all-alloy and only 5 years old. But significantly they have not been doing that for its 1.8 liter versions, only the 2.0 and 2.4 liter versions.

Is this the reason? A new 1.8 liter all-alloy engine was in the works from Fiat to replace their "B Family" ? Or is this merely the modernized 1.8 liter World engine as modified by Fiat Power Train?

You can speculate that it is a completely new engine in a slightly smaller basic design. That would lend itself to a reduction in displacement to 1.2 -1.4 liters as well, and eventually replace the FIRE Multiair.

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