The Italian premium brand, which has fallen under the shadow in recent years, now plans to reconnect to its sporty heritage by introducing to the model lineup new high-performance engines, including a new flagship V6.
According to sources from the carmaker’s suppliers that talked under condition of anonymity to Automotive News Europe, the first units of the engines – two gasoline and one diesel option – would make their premiere when the new Alfa midsize sedan makes its public debut the following June. The new model and the new engines would reach customers in 2016. The range-topping V6 gasoline engine tipped by the sources would have a displacement of 2.9-liter, feature direct injection and twin turbochargers for a total output of up to 480 hp. It’s actually not entirely new, as the engine is a reengineered version of the 3.0-liter unit that Ferrari has made for Maserati’s use in its Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans.
The core gasoline product would be a four-cylinder 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged that has MultiAir variable valve timing technology – called Global Medium Engine and available with an output span of 180 hp to 330 hp. The engine would be offered in combination with manual and automatic transmissions in rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions. Diesel fans have not been left out of the loop, with Alfa prepping for them a new 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit that delivers from 135 to 210 hp.
Via Automotive News Europe