If you were to design your own engine for today's automotive market, what features would it include? Aluminum construction? Direct injection? Turbocharging? Variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust? Small displacement but a high output? Try all of these features and you're looking at the latest powerplant developed by Alfa Romeo and Fiat Powertrain Technologies.

The 1.8-liter turbo four leverages the latest developments in engine technology for an output as high as 300 horsepower while still meeting the most stringent emissions standards on the horizon (including the upcoming U.S. Tier 2 Bin 5 regulations, which bodes well for its eventual American application).

It's the engine that's expected to power the production 4C sportscar, and given that it's designed to be mounted either behind the cabin or in front, longitudinally or transversely, it will surely find its way into other Alfas as well. (Maybe a couple of future Dodge products, too) And when it does, we hope it won't lose much in output, because 300 galloping stallions and an Alfa Romeo badge on the nose sounds to us like a recipe for success.

Details in the press release after the jump, with fresh high-resolution images of the 4C in its original matte red finish added to the gallery for your viewing pleasure.
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NEW ALFA ROMEO ENGINE TO BE PRODUCED IN ITALY

A new gasoline direct injection turbo engine for Alfa Romeo is to be developed in Italy for production at the FMA plant in Pratola Serra beginning in early 2013.

Designed for both transverse and longitudinal applications, the new 4-cylinder engine will have a displacement of 1.8 litres and maximum output of 300 hp, setting a new performance standard in its category. It will also be compliant with future emissions standards in both Europe (Euro 6) and the U.S. (Tier 2 Bin 5).

Made entirely of aluminium, the engine will incorporate the most advanced technological content, including a 200-bar gasoline direct injection system, dual variable timing and a high-efficiency turbocharger.

The all-aluminium design, combined with the most innovative technologies, will offer a power-to-weight ratio figure, fuel efficiency, acoustic and vibrational comfort, and driving performance that are the very best in its category and characteristic of Alfa Romeo engines.

"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," added Harald J. Wester, Fiat's Chief Technology Officer and head of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati Brands. "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."


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      Andy Drake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nearly 167 HP per liter. I'm impressed.
      Dean Hammond
      • 3 Years Ago
      awesome numbers....hope its not at the expense of drivability...ie Turbo Lag....
        Rick C.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        Likely another evolution of MultiAir, so almost perfect ICE efficiency at any given RPM. I'm guessing an engine that wants to reach peak power NOW is going to translate into no lag.
        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        yeah, not a big fan of turbos, but recent tech developments have pretty much eliminated lag and increased torque.
      --RAfiKi-
      • 3 Years Ago
      how much torque? Id also like to see the dyno curve on that output...i bet yuo need to wind this thing to the heavens to make that power. I prefer at least 2.3L (MS3) or a 2.5 (STI) for best balance. I used to own a 2.0 LNF ecotec turbo in the cobalt ss and it was a peaky bugger.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @--RAfiKi-
        With the latest turbo tech, dont be surprised if it pumps out 300lbft torque and have it come on boost barely off idle, and peak power at under 6000 rpm. Combining variable vane/twin scroll/sequential turbo tech with direct injection, relatively high compression ratio, variable cam timing and the like, it is possible to all but elliminate the horrid turbo lag of the highly boosted machines of yesteryear while having even higher specific output.
          lasertekk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          Smaller bore and stroke? No problem, you like motorcycles, right?. Less stress on an engine trying to fling heavier parts around stressed bearings. IMO, four cylinders have gotten too huge displacement wise. 2.5 liters is way too big.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dismal sales figures? Have you looked the sales for last month? I'd like to see some proof of this, yet another, idiotic statement from you.
        • 3 Years Ago
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        Jason Allen
        • 3 Years Ago
        Fly lice, sir(?), we are all sorry everyone at your girls' school beat you up daily and that you being wangless makes you fear everthing big and american (or not-asian) but you have to grow up. Your impotent anger makes you even more pathetic.
        JF GeSchmidtt
        • 3 Years Ago
        In case you didn't know, Fiat also own Ferrari and Maserati. Every blue blooded American I know, who has a clue about cars, appreciate them.
        Bill Burke
        • 3 Years Ago
        What the heck is an Integra Type R ? Sorry Rice but I don't associate that name with anything related to performance. Who makes this car? Who cares about this thing ? Time to get serious Rice.
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      Marchionne will have Alfa going in the right direction before Mullally has a clue about Lincoln.
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        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        Doubtful. This is probably meant for smalle... Oh it's you, I won't bother putting logic, common sense, or facts into a reply to you, they tend to mean nothing to your arguments.
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      I predict you will see a Chrysler Crossfire coupe/roadster replacement off this platform with Pentastar V-6 turbo power and very distinctive Chrysler styling to seperate the two vehicles. Maybe a smaller Viper with a version of the 1.8 turbo or a twin turbo Pentastar V-6 might work too...Call me a dreamer, but I'm not the only one , am I ????
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      i'm curious if it will last 50000 km...
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this a 1.8 liter turbo diesel? Anywho, I'd like to see this in the next gen Dodge Journey. A more fuel efficient CUV than what I have now would be nice.
      50merc
      • 3 Years Ago
      thats gonna blow up
      WindsWilling
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a beautiful looking car. But it's price is a major concern, and even more so, it's build quality.
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This engine, along with the 8-spd trans that Fiat/Chrysler has now, would definitely be an interesting combo.
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