Efficiency is turning into a four letter word for speed freaks considering the fact that recent automaker decisions have been in favor of saving at the pump and losing at the 0-60 mph mark. It’s unfortunate, but the walls are coming in and it’s getting a little too difficult to breathe for some automakers. Upping the ante on efficiency is what it will take for continued success and that is what Maserati plans to have as soon as it ditches the Ferrari-borrowed V8s found in the Quattroporte and GranTurismo line-up.

Rumors are now circulating that the Italian luxury car manufacturer is steering clear of their usual V8 powertrains in favor of a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter version of the Chrysler’s Pentastar. Apparently the V8s were light on low-end torque and didn’t provide adequate fuel economy. We can’t say we are in favor of Maserati’s decision, but hard times call for hard measures.

In its standard version, the Pentastar V6 delivers a total of 280 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, however this engine has been tested in many flavors on both European and American markets and will hopefully produce just as much horsepower in a twin turbo variant. At least, that’s what we’re hoping for Maserati’s sake.


Source: Inside Line

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  (595) posted on 08.31.2011

All that was being said here was all rumors. I think it would be better not to expect anything from this production since Maserati hasn’t confirmed anything. However, I wonder on what’s so special about the v8 technology. This technology is kind of less powerful compare to the v10 and v12.

  (401) posted on 06.15.2011

Actually, I would agree with you on that one. I have read quite a lot of reviews about the Pentastar engine, and a large part of them received it quite positively, so that’s a good thing.

  (596) posted on 06.14.2011

Well, let’s just see what would be the result of this one. But for me, I am really looking forward to this move by Maserati. Not only will it make their cars more efficient, it will also make them more affordable.

  (334) posted on 06.14.2011

Actually, that one is a rather good choice for Maserati, since it would make their cars more viable. But I would agree that they need to improve the performance of the engine a lot.

  (592) posted on 06.14.2011

I don’t exactly know the true performance given by this Twin Turbo Variant V6 but as I see it, they literally give the Maserati a new life.

  (412) posted on 06.13.2011

Well, if they do want to switch to the V6, they might as well work on improving those engines. They should at the very least up the power a bit so that it’s worth it.

  (630) posted on 06.13.2011

Hmmm, replacing it’s engine is a good idea at all. I think Maserati will have a more powerful engine than before. Since, Pentastar is one of the advance engines today.

  (528) posted on 06.13.2011

Talking about the look of this car, its really stunning! However, when it comes to its engine I don’t think that an outdated technology like v6 can produced a high level of performance for a twin turbo. Its a good thing that they have found a solution for this one.

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