Originally Posted by grober
|It's from the same family of Fiat/GM 4 cylinder diesels found in Vauxhalls, Saabs, Fiats etc. They probably squeezed more power out of it with larger capacity and more top end boost--possibly at the expense of turbo lag? The newer twin sequential turbo versions of this engine first seen in the late Saab 9-3? and recent VAUXHALL Insignia are reckoned to be better. JTD engine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The BERA is good looking car but for me it would have to be petrol engined for that true ALFA experience
The 5 cylinder motor is actually is actually a stand alone design from the 4 cylinder motors which Saab and Vauxhall used. It was used by some Fiats and succesfully in the 156 in different states of tune/10 valve heads for example.
I think you're right about the top end boost at the expense of turbo lag. The sheer weight of the cars together with the dpf hampering the engine's characteristics are part of the problem