no dont stop!
btw i was wrong (big time) when i said 20s or 30s..
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Performance gradually increased from its all-time low of 1981. Alfa kept refining and tuning the engine as much as possible to get power, economy, and emissions control. To this end, in 1980 Alfa incorporated variable valve timing (or VVT). The system is essentially an electromechanical piston on the intake camshaft. Developed in the 1970s by Ing Giampaolo Garcea for Alfa, it was termed "variatore de fase" by the Italian engineers. This was promptly renamed "the phaser" by the Americans involved with the team, and the name stuck.
At first only used as an emissions control device, later versions allowed improved cam timing, giving better performance at high RPM but allowing controlled emissions at idle. I believe it was the only production car available in the US (perhaps anywhere) with such an advanced system until well into the ‘90s. FIAT has rediscovered this device and now fits it to several of its own engine designs. (special thanks to BD for information on the VVT system)
<hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">that was taken from http://spiderfaq.home.att.net/dev_his.htm
i agree that the vtec system is actually better than alfa's variator. it even increases the valve lift! but i will be a stubborn old fool and will keep saying that vvt is alfa's invention and anyone who uses it is copying alfa romeo
thanks for the info !!