Alfa Romeo is secretly working on a new V8 engine that uses Fiat’s new Multiair valve management system to boost power and cut fuel consumption and emissions.
Alfa sources say it won’t be a large-capacity engine; instead, expect something around 3.0 litres. The firm is working on both naturally aspirated and twin-turbo versions.
The new engine will be the first all-Alfa V8 since the Montreal went out of production in 1977, and is likely to be used in the replacement for the 166.
Alfa is looking at basing this car on the next Chrysler 300C, which would make it rear-wheel drive.