Volkswagen already has a plan in place for Alfa Romeo’s development should it acquire the marque from Fiat.
Rumours from Germany claim Alfa is likely to receive direct assistance from Porsche, which is developing a new flat-four engine for a new entry-level roadster that will sit below the Boxster.
That engine could be installed in mainstream Alfas, bringing a useful historical link to models such as the Alfasud and 33 and setting the brand’s cars apart from VWs, Seats, Skodas and Audis. Such a deal would benefit Porsche too, since it would increase the economies of scale on the motor’s production.
VW is said to view Alfa as a key potential asset in its bid to become the world’s largest car manufacturing group by 2018. It also has spare production capacity, notably at Seat’s Martorell facility.
A Fiat Group spokesman told Autocar that the firm has “drawn a line” under any sell-off. “We shut the door in their [VW’s] faces and now they’re trying to get in the window,” he said.