Economic climate not good enough to justify a V8, says Alfa
14 October 2009

Alfa Romeo has denied rumours from within the company that it is developing a V8 for use in its next generation of saloons, saying that in today's poor economic climate it would not make commercial sense.

"No front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive Alfa Romeo will use a engine larger than a V6," said a senior Alfa source today.

Fiat does, however, have access to Chrysler's forthcoming 3.6-litre Pentastar V6, which it could equip with its new Multiair valve train to improve efficiency. Chrysler's powertrain division is now being run by Fiat's product engineering boss Paolo Ferrero.

The Multiair technology could also be fitted to V8 Maseratis, offering improved performance for less fuel consumption.

At the beginning of this decade, Fiat's Powertrain engineers worked on a V8 in collaboration with General Motors, designed to fit the Premium platform that underpins the Alfa 159 and Saab 9-5. It never progressed beyond a prototype stage.

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14 October 2009

[quote Autocar]"No front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive Alfa Romeo will use a engine larger than a V6," said a senior Alfa source today.
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....... well they haven't denied it the new 169 will use the 300c platform which is rear wheel drive!

14 October 2009

[quote cckel]

[quote Autocar]"No front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive Alfa Romeo will use a engine larger than a V6," said a senior Alfa source today.
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....... well they haven't denied it the new 169 will use the 300c platform which is rear wheel drive!

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Exactly, that's not a denial at all because the 169 will be RWD.

The new 300C and the 169 will be based on a new platform developed by Alfa/Fiat which is also being considered for the Quattroporte.

14 October 2009

Which is more economic a 3.6 V6 or a 2.8 V8?

15 October 2009

[quote beachland2] Which is more economic a 3.6 V6 or a 2.8 V8?[/quote]

About equal I would guess, but the V8 will have far less torque probably.

15 October 2009

and a lot more costly to make

15 October 2009

[quote March1]March1 wrote the following post at Oct 15, 2009 8:41 AM:

[quote beachland2] Which is more economic a 3.6 V6 or a 2.8 V8?[/quote]

About equal I would guess, but the V8 will have far less torque probably.

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What about a 3.6 V8?. Lets face facts,The world needs more Italian V8's howling round the lanes making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and your spine tingle!.

15 October 2009

Exactly what I wrote on Eurocarblog: http://www.eurocarblog.com/post/2422/alfa-romeo-v8-engine-yes-no-maybe-o...

The denial relates only to front and all-wheel drive. I would have thought Fiat would invest more in continuing to develop its Multiair technology rather than completely new engines, but if they can marry the two, who knows what they might come up with.

22 January 2010

Here's a great idea - take two of the 1.4l MultiAir engines and nail them together around a common crank-case into a 2.8litre V8, producing masses of power (and, in turbocharged form, masses of torque) while also producing decent economy. Also, as it would share most of its parts with the 1.4, it wouldn't even be too costly to produce. Hey, I know it's probably being rather simplistic, but a man can only dream...

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