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Alfa Romeo 4C To Get Porsche Power?

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On: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 9:07AM | By: Chris Weiss

Alfa Romeo 4C To Get Porsche Power?

Despite a strong denouncement of an Alfa Romeo sale by Sergio Marchionne himself, media reports indicate that Volkswagen is still interested in the brand. And one of the more interesting aspects of the rumors is that Volkswagen would share Porsche engines with its newest brand, should an Alfa deal between Fiat and VW ever come to pass. According to an Autocar report, Porsche would share its new flat-four with Alfa, an engine that is still being developed.

At the Detroit Auto Show in January, Fiat Chairman John Elkann made the automaker's disinterest in selling Alfa Romeo pretty black-and-white: "We would not sell Alfa even if we were offered tons of money."

Sergio Marchionne was even more blunt last month: "As long as I am CEO of Chrysler and Fiat, Mr. Piech will never have Alfa Romeo."

Not a lot of wiggle room there.

Still, it seems that VW won't quit without a fight. Recent reports indicate that Volkswagen is still determined to acquire Alfa as part of its greater scheme to become the world's largest automaker by 2018. A Fiat spokesman told Autocar: "We shut the door in their faces and now they’re trying to get in the window."

And VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech—the same Mr. Piech who will "never have Alfa Romeo"—told reporters in Geneva when discussing Alfa: "Volkswagen still has time."

Part of VW's plan would be to use the Porsche flat-four, which Porsche is still developing, in Alfa Romeos. The flat-four would provide a historical bridge at Alfa, where classics like the 33 and Alfasud used flat fours.

The new 4C concept, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and is headed to production, seems like the perfect candidate for a Porsche flat-four. With that level of Alfa styling and Porsche power (yes, even four-cylinder Porsche power) the 4C is a lust-mobile if ever I saw one.

Porsche officials confirmed that the company is working on a four-cylinder engine at the Detroit Auto Show. The 2.5-liter engine is expected to put out around 360-hp, and may find its way into the Boxster, Cayman, and possibly even the 911 lines, in addition to the unconfirmed entry-level Porsche.

Whether or not VW is successful in its bid for Alfa, and whether or not Alfas of the future eventually get a full Porsche injection in the engine bay remain rather large, bold question marks.


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