Remember when Ferrari announced that Maseratis will no longer be powered by their engines? Now while this may look like a downer for the Trident brand, Maserati actually took it in stride as they have been busy developing an all-new twin-turbo V6 to power their future cars.
Just last week, we reported that the Maserati flagship MC20 sports car will be powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. It will supposedly crank out 550 PS and will reportedly be available across various nameplates including the next-generation GranTurismo/GranCabrio, as well as the Levante and Quattroporte models.
Well, after that bit of news came out, the Italian automaker has officially revealed the new V6 engine that will power the MC20. Called 'Nettuno' (Italian for Neptune, the Roman mythical god of water), the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 actually makes a lot more horsepower than originally thought and benefits from Formula 1 technologies.
Maserati claims the twin-turbo V6 is '100% made in Modena' and only weighs in at less than 220kg. It cranks out an impressive 630 PS at 7500 rpm along with a gut-pulling 730 Nm of torque at 3000 – 5500 rpm. With it, the automaker says the engine produces 210 PS per liter.
In addition, the V6 benefits from a dry-sump oil lubrication system, and a fully-variable oil pump. As for its F1-derived technologies, Maserati said that Nettuno comes with twin spark plugs, a pre-chamber system, and a twin-injection system – direct and indirect.
With the Maserati MC20 set to get a powerful twin-turbo V6, does this mean the rest of Maserati's lineup will also come with the new six-cylinder? With the Trident brand no longer sourcing engines from Ferrari, they could make different versions of the V6 for their next-generation models. What's more is they will be able to save on costs with just one engine that can be tuned differently, depending on the model.
We certainly cannot wait for Maserati to fire it up and let the world hear their new V6 heart.