It's interesting people are hung up on the GM sourced blocks not being proper Alfa engines. The blocks maybe sourced from a partnership with GM (the joint development makes them atleast part Italian) but the heads and electronics are from Alfa. The bits that give an engine most of its character come from Alfa. As long as it looks, feels, sounds and drives like a "proper" Alfa engine, should anyone care?
Every engine on the market today has components derived across manufacturers and geographies. We live in a global economy with multiple parts sourcing and development. Even Ferrari/Maserati engines have Chinese, Japanese, Korean, British and Malaysian (among other countries) bits. Does this make Ferrari engines today less "Ferrari like" or Italian? How about a Aston or a Lamborghini built in Germany with component R&D sourced in China? A BMW assembled in North Carolina with parts from Taiwan? A Mercedes built in Alabama? A Camry built in Kentucky and developed in a design studio in California?
The days when two guys in a garage turned their mother's kettle in to a propulsion device and built an industrial empire in their back yard are long gone (well, maybe not in Silicon Valley). We are probably better off for it if we can still have the things we love and care about sooner, cheaper and better put together.
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Last edited by Alfa_Tiv; 04-16-2006 at 10:31 AM.