Fiat Chrysler said two high-performance engines that will play an important role in Alfa Romeo's global relaunch will be built at the automaker's plant in Termoli, Italy.
The engines are a range-topping, Ferrari-derived six-cylinder gasoline engine developed specifically for Alfa Romeo and a high output four-cylinder engine family including gasoline and diesel units.
Fiat Chrysler will invest more than 500 million euros ($540 million) to install capacity to build 200,000 engines annually at the plant in central Italy, the company said today. The work is set to be completed within six months.
The company gave no further details of the engines.
The four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine will debut in Alfa’s new midsize sedan that will be unveiled in June, supplier sources told Automotive News Europe last year. The sedan will go on sale in 2016. The V-6 twinturbocharged gasoline engine will have an output of up to 480 hp. It has been re-engineered from the 3.0-liter unit that Ferrari builds for the Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans, the sources said.
The Termoli plant currently builds 8-valve and 16-valve versions of the automaker's FIRE engine family and two transmissions for the Fiat Ducato car-derived van and midsize passenger cars.