Report: Maserati’s New Twin-Turbo V-6 Will Produce a Cool 542 Horsepower

Maserati is working on a new twin-turbo V-6 that will replace the Ferrari-built V-8

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The fact that Maserati’s upcoming MC20 sports car will feature a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 is no longer a secret, but we finally know how much power it will develop. What’s more, it seems that the V-6 will find its way into other Maserati vehicles too.

The new V-6 engine will generate 542 horsepower in the MC20

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The twin-turbo V-6 engine, which will be built at the company's factory in Termoli, Italy, will generate 542 horsepower in the upcoming MC20 sports car.

This new 3.0-liter mill isn’t Maserati’s first V-6 engine, but it will become the most powerful yet. As of 2020, Maserati offers V-6 engines in the Ghibli, Quattroporte, and Levante models. The most powerful version of the old V-6 generates 424 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque, so the new twin-turbo 3.0-liter will come with a solid power upgrade of 118 horses. That’s also a bit more than the 2.9-liter V-6 that cranks out up to 533 in the range-topping Alfa Romeo Giulia.

The Maserati MC20 will make its global debut in September 2020. It was originally scheduled to break cover in May, but the unveiling was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new V-6 engine will eventually power other Maseratis as well

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The second big news coming from AutoNews’ report is that the upcoming twin-turbo V-6 won’t be restricted to the MC20. The engine will eventually make it revised or redesigned versions of all the Maserati models that currently employ the old V-6, including the Ghibli, Quattroporte, and the Levante.

For these cars, Maserati will reportedly offer a slightly detuned version with 523 horsepower.

The same source mentions that V-6 will also power a "midsize SUV to be built alongside the Alfa Romeo Stelvio starting next year." This bit of info is a tad unclear since Maserati already offers a midsize SUV, the Levante, and a redesign isn’t coming very soon. However, Maserati could build a smaller compact SUV similar to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, thus adding a second hauler to its lineup.

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The next-generation GranTurismo and GranCabrio models will also feature the new V-6. The report says that Maserati is also readying an electrified version of the engine that will be powerful enough to replace the Ferrari-made V-8. The GranTurismo was retired with a 4.7-liter V-8 rated at 454 horsepower in 2019, but the twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 in the Quattroporte and Levante cranks out 523 horses.

The beefed-up Levante Trofeo comes with a whopping 572 horsepower on tap, 30 horses more than the V-6 is projected to deliver in the MC20. Needless to say, Maserati won’t have issues pushing output close to and even beyond the 600-horsepower mark.

The new V-6 engine will feature Formula One technology

An Italian, Twin-Turbo V-6 Will Breath Life Into the 2021 Maserati MC20
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The new 3.0-liter V-6 will feature technology from Ferrari's Formula One cars.

Specifically, it will borrow the "turbulent jet ignition" tech that German company Mahle developed for Maranello’s race car. This ignition system replaces the standard spark plug with a pre-chamber assembly that allows for ultra lean burning operation, improving efficiency and reducing nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions.

Maserati will also introduce a four-cylinder engine

An Italian, Twin-Turbo V-6 Will Breath Life Into the 2021 Maserati MC20
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Replacing the V-8 with a V-6 isn't the only downsizing measure that Maserati plans to take in the near future.

The Italian firm will also introduce a four-cylinder engine. A mild hybrid version of FCA’s GME 2.0-liter unit, it will probably replace the base variants of the outgoing V-6 mill.

No details on output and performance have been released, but the Global Medium Engine is being offered in the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio, as well as the Jeep Wrangler, Cherokee, and Grand Commander. In the Giulia, the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-banger generates up to 276 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

That’s a 49-horsepower deficit compared to the 3.0-liter V-6 in the base Ghibli, but Maserati will probably use a revised version with more oomph. This engine is expected to debut in a revised Ghibli model that will go into production sometime in the second half of 2020.

Source: Auto News Europe (Subscription)

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