Since 2002, every Maserati model has been equipped with a Ferrari-built engine. From the 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 to the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 and even the 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V8, Ferrari has kept a steady supply of engines to Maserati even after the brand was spun off from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in a 2015 IPO. However, the era of Ferrari-powered Maseratis will soon be coming to an end. Ferrari says they will eventually stop supplying engines to Maserati in the future.
The news comes from Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri who broke the news during the brand’s 2019 Q1 earnings call. According to a Motley Fool transcript of the Q1 earning’s call, Camilleri confirmed that Maserati will no longer be renewing its contract with Ferrari for engines.
“Eventually, we will no longer supply engines to Maserati, which actually from our perspective is actually a good thing, both from a margin perspective but also the fact that we can transfer a lot of the labor that's been focused on the engines to the car side of the business,” said Camilleri.
Camilleri says that Ferrari will officially stop building engines for Maserati in around 2021 or 2022. Furthermore, the CEO adds that the brand will no longer be supplying engines to anyone else. This means that Ferrari engines will be exclusive to only Ferrari models. However, this leaves Maserati without any engines, which will be a problem considering the brand is expanding its lineup.
For now, it is still uncertain where Maserati will get its new engines. The automaker has numerous options such as borrowing engines from other FCA automakers, find a new supplier, or develop their own. Considering that they only have 2-3 years left with Ferrari, they better find a new engine supplier quick.