Alfa Romeo press release - new turbocharged 1.8-litre

Alfa Romeo has announced a new turbocharged 1.8-litre engine producing 296bhp. Rumours are it is destined for the 4C.

The new engine will be built at the Pratola Serra plant in Italy starting in 2013 giving rise to the rumour the 4C will be delayed until 2013.

The 1.8-litre turbo is also likely to see action in the SUV due in 2014 along side the 159 replacement.

The new engine meets the ultra strict "Euro 6" pollution regulations.