Alfa Romeo to get 300hp four-cylinder in 2013

Alfa Romeo will get the keys to an all-new 300 horsepower four-cylinder engine in 2013.

Fiat has given the go-ahead to a new 300 horsepower four-cylinder engine that will be used in future Alfa Romeo products. Although the new engine will be built in Italy, it will play an important part in Alfa Romeo's relaunch into the United States.

Under development since 2006, the new four-cylinder will displace 1.8L and feature advanced technologies like high pressure direct-injection and turbocharging. As a result, the all-aluminum engine will produce an impressive 300 horsepower.

The 1.8L is set to replace Alfa's current 1.75L turbo. In its top billing, that motor develops 235 horsepower.

The new engine is being designed for transversal and longitudinal applications, and is expected to make its debut in the 4C sports car. The mill's first volume application will be in the Giulia in 2014.

Given its high-output and low emissions - the 1.8L will comply with U.S. Tier 2 Bin 5 regulations - Alfa is expecting the new engine to be a big part of its relaunch to into the United States.

"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," Harald Wester, Fiat's chief technology officer and head of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands, said in a statement.

Look for Fiat to begin production of the new engine at its Pratola Serra plant in central Italy in 2013.

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