Earlier today, Maserati S.p.A. held a meeting with members of the regional automotive press to present -in detail- their new engine technology for the MC20 super sports car.
The new engine is called Nettuno, and it is groundbreaking in the sense that it was developed to use advanced motorsport technology but tuned to deliver performance on the street. Maserati achieved this by using engineering features such as a twin spark pre-chamber style valve head (similar to diesel and Honda's CVCC system), a dual injection system (direct and port), twin-turbocharging, and more to achieve outstanding figures.
As it stands, this 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 can produce 630 horsepower and 730 Nm of torque; figures comparable to much larger engines from other supercar brands. The engine succeeds the previous V8 that Maserati co-developed with Ferrari (the F136) used in many Maserati and Ferrari models.
Maserati's engineers, such as Matteo Valentini (Maserati Chief Engineer) and Jonata Azzali (Powertrain Facility Manager), actually took us on a live tour of their engine lab in Modena, where they developed the Nettuno. Clearly, they were proud of the engineering process and how their team members took in producing something entirely new in-house.
Amidst many of the questions that revolved around the performance, the sound, and even the fuel rating, we asked something that we think would be significant given the new developments with the Maserati brand and corporate structure.
Will we see the same technology from the Maserati Nettuno engine with other Stellantis group brands?
The reason is that Maserati's parent was Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, but that has since changed after FCA and Group PSA (Peugeot, Citroen, etc.) joined forces as Stellantis. This new alliance/group will likely result in shared development costs, shared technologies, platforms, and features amongst the different brands.
Could we possibly see this technology shared with other brands under the new umbrella?
According to the Maserati engineers, the technology in the Nettuno engine will be exclusively Maserati only. Davide Kluzer, Maserati's Product Communication executive for the Nettuno, and the Maserati engineers made it clear that the Nettuno was built because they wanted an engine that can deliver on the promise of performance for the MC20, as well as meet stricter emissions and fuel economy standards.
What they did mention was that in the future, it might be possible to share the technology with the many brands under the Stellantis group. All that, of course, depends on how Stellantis will structure their combined development processes to be even more profitable in the future.