Alfa Romeo's return to the United States has taken a huge leap forward as the company has revealed plans to develop a new turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that is fully-compliant with American and European emission regulations.
Designed to set a "new performance standard in its category," the engine will be built in Italy and feature aluminum construction, direction injection and dual variable timing. This will enable it to produce up to 300 hp (224 kW / 304 PS).
According to Fiat's Chief Technology Officer Harald J. Wester, "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."