For quite some time, Volkswagen has been hot on scooping up Alfa Romeo. Though it's never gone much beyond speculation, we've received word that the German powerhouse has already planned for the Italian marque to take on a new Porsche engine if it ever makes it to the sale phase.
Though it appears purchasing Alfa Romeo has become Volkswagen top boss Ferdinand Piëch's pet project, Fiat has managed to steer clear of the issue. According to Autocar, however, Alfa is set to use Porsche's new boxer four-cylinder should it land beneath the VW umbrella.
The new Porsche engine in question, though not officially confirmed, is supposedly a turbocharged 1.9-liter developing 210 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque. The flat-four was designed for Porsche's baby roadster that'd slide in below the current Boxster and would be spread throughout the Alfa lineup. Given that Fiat's 1750 TBi inline-four is rated in the neighborhood of the Porsche engine, we can't say the 1.9-liter would be out of the realm of normalcy.
If VW eventually takes control of Alfa, sharing the Porsche engine would inevitably lower the cost of production thanks to favorable economies of scale. The 1.9-liter would also help give Alfa added distinction from the rest of the broad VW portfolio.
Last November, we reported that VW CEO Martin Winterkorn personally called the Alfa acquisition a "dream," but that won't stop the newsreels from running. Piëch said his company could grow Alfa sales four times over within five years during VW's press evening at the Geneva Motor Show, and is quoted as saying, "Volkswagen has time," with regards to Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne's assurance that Alfa isn't up for auction. We'll be keeping a close eye.