It's make or break time at Alfa Romeo, so it's calling on Ferrari for some assistance.
The news lately over at Alfa Romeo is just getting better and better. Not only will the Italian brand finally have its big North American relaunch in just a few months, but it’s also in the midst of a major new product blitz. Not only will the future Alfa lineup consist of only rear-wheel-drive models in order to properly compete against the likes of Audi and BMW, but they’ll also be powered by Ferrari engines. Going on sale in 2016, just the higher end versions of the new Alfas will receive these engines.
Along with the 4C and a new 159, we can also confirm that there’ll be an Alfa SUV. Small models like the MiTo, not only won’t be sold in the US, but will be discontinued entirely. Front-wheel-drive will have no place in Alfa Romeo any longer. Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has been working for the past several years to get Alfa up and running in the vital North American market, but delays kept on happening. According to the former head of Fiat’s archives, "This is the last chance for Alfa Romeo. Marchionne’s bet is a long shot. To beat the German premium brands, he needs to make Alfa unique. His best chance is Ferrari engines and Italian design." Let’s just hope all goes according to plan this time.