Maserati’s "Brand-New" V-6 Engine Is Actually Based on a Ferrari V-8
Maserati introduced the MC20 supercar with a twin-turbo V-6 engine called Nettuno. The company claims that this engine is new and "100% Maserati," but the mill actually shares parts with powerplants found in Ferrari and Alfa Romeo models. As speculated long before Maserati unveiled the car, the Nettuno engine is derived from a Ferrari V-8 and is similar to a V-6 that Alfa Romeo offers in high-performance versions of the Giulia and Stelvio.
Maserati Stops Production of its Models
Maserati is having a hard time selling its vehicles recently, and as a result, the Italian automaker is stopping production on most of its vehicles until January 15. According to Automotive News Europe, Maserati will halt production of the Ghibli and Quattroporte for the next month. Likewise, production of the GranTurismo and Grancabrio models have been put on hold until January 8 while the Levante’s production will stop from December 20 to January 15.
FCA Could Be Bought by a Chinese Automaker
Formed in 2014, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) alliance has been doing very good these past three years, which is why Sergio Marchionne is on the lookout to either sell the company or make another merger with a big brand. FCA was refused by General Motors back in 2015 and Marchionne’s attempts to find a new collaboration have been unsuccessful so far. However, it seems that FCA is actually on the brink of finding a new owner. According to new reports, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has received at least one offer in August from a "well-known Chinese automaker."
That’s the word from Automotive News, which claims that the over was slightly higher than FCA’s current market value, but the Italian-American alliance rejected it for not being enough. There’s no detailed information as to what Chinese automaker made the offer, but speculation has it that FCA is negotiating with more than one company. Also, a source close to FCA said that company executives have traveled to China to meet with Great Wall Motor Co., while different sources claim talks with Dongfeng Motor Corp., Zhejiang Geely, and Guangzhou Automobile Group.
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Maserati Is Going Hybrid in 2019
Founded in late 2014, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles alliance isn’t doing particularly well, despite initial high hopes and what appeared to be a solid five-year production plan. With Jeep reported to do better than the entire group, FCA needs to act fast if it wants to keep up with the likes of GM, Toyota, and the Volkswagen Group or even avoid facing a second bankruptcy. Company CEO Sergio Marchionne is well aware of that and devised a new five-year plan that revolves around launching a host of plug-in hybrid vehicles. This is far from surprising, but interestingly enough, Marchionne wants Maserati to lead this offensive with full electrification from 2019 onward.
The Italian boss didn’t have much info to share, but it seems that the plan is for all Maserati vehicles launched in 2019 and beyond to plug-in hybrid or all-electric drivetrains. “When it completes the development of its next two models, it will effectively switch all of its portfolio to electrification," he told journalists. "As these products come up for renewal post 2019, it will start launching vehicles which are all-electric and which embody, I think, what will be considered state of the art technology." In addition to that, more than half the FCA fleet will be electrified in some way by 2022.
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Will FCA Sell off Alfa Romeo and Maserati?
FCA isn’t in the best place right now. It’s been posting low profits, and as of the third quarter of 2016, it has close to $7-billion in debt. Combine this with the investigation of the Dodge Durango and Ram 1500 over roll-away complaints to go along with the airbag recall that affects more than a million vehicles, and it’s safe to assume there are at least a few executives sweating. While that’s not exactly good news for FCA, some reports are indicating that FCA may sell off Maserati, Alfa Romeo, and even Magneti Marelli help it dig itself out of the deep hole that it is in.
Of course, it isn’t all bad over at FCA. It does have its focus on SUVs and Crossovers, and as popular as those models are – especially here in the U.S. – that’s a huge positive for the brand, but whether or not that will be enough to start digging the company out of debt as yet to be seen. And, some market analysts like Evercore ISI recently changed the forecast for FCA from negative to positive, based on the thinking that the brand could sell off Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Berenbeg Bank thinks that Magneti Marelli should also be thrown into the mix.
Whether or not FCA will take this route to dig itself out of debt is still a mystery, but Sergio Marchionne promised the company would be nearly debt free and highly profitable when he retires in 2018. With the financial situation being what it is right now, he has a lot of work to do, and selling the brands mentioned above could be his ticket to success. Alexander Haissl, an analyst for Berenberg bank, says that Maserati could be worth anywhere between $3.6 and $4.8 Billion while Magneti Marelli could bring in an additional $2.3 to $3.7 billion. With those kinds of figures in mind, the brand could manage to attain anywhere between $6.5 billion and $8.5 billion, the former being enough to make the company almost debt free and the later enough to give it some extra capital.
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As proof of just how far Maserati will go to exponentially expand its customer base and increase sales, Avis Rental Car has just announced that it will be adding the all-new 2015 Maserati Ghibli to its fleet of rental units. The new entry-level Maserati will only be available at certain locations in Dallas, Orlando, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Phoenix, San Francisco and, of course, South Florida.
The Ghibli joins other performance and luxury models such as the Chevrolet Corvette, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz GL450 in Avis’ Signature Series of vehicles. We reached out to Avis to see how much it would cost to rent a Ghibli, and while prices vary by location, a representative did say that Signature Series vehicles tend to only be offered at airport locations. Looking at the website, we were unable to find any Ghiblis available for rent, but we did see prices as high as $184.99 per day for other models in the Signature Series.
Getting the Ghibli in the rental fleet will definitely help create additional visibility for Maserati among prospective buyers. In the U.S. alone this year, Maserati sales are up almost 172 percent compared to last year with a total of about 13,000 units. Maserati expects to meet its global sales target of 50,000 units by next year and cap sales at 75,000 annual units by 2018. This sales surge builds on the recent introduction of the new Ghibli and the redesigned Quattroporte, and Maserati plans to further expand its lineup with the all-new Levante crossover next year and a production version of the Alfieri Concept the following year.
For now, though, if you’re looking for a cool car in which to drive to your big high school reunion, we can’t think of a better car than the Ghibli.
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Maserati’s masterplan to sell 75,000 vehicles per year by 2018 won’t include a model smaller than the Ghibli or a less powerful version of said sedan, Australian outlet Motoring reports, adding that the Italian brand aims to remain exclusive, albeit not exotic.
Speaking at the Ghibli launch in the Land Down Under, Maserati’s Australian general manager Glen Sealey said the Italians are ruling out a compact sedan to slot under the Ghibli, currently the company’s cheapest model ever. "In terms of model strategy, there are no plans to go below Ghibli or Levante," he said.
In an effort to increase global sales, Maserati revived the Ghibli nameplate to take on the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Going lower would enable the brand to field a competitor for the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class, and their high-performance derivatives, but, as things stand, Maserati is more concerned about retaining its exclusivity.
"Maserati will certainly remain exclusive, but not exotic. A year ago it was exotic," he added.
As far as a less powerful, and consequently cheaper, version of the Ghibli is concerned, Sealey stressed that the entry-level diesel model won’t account for a large proportion of sales, with the more expensive gasoline models to move more units globally.
Note: Maserati Ghibli pictured here.
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The Alfa Romeo 4C sports car is drawing attention from all corners of the auto industry. According to AutoExpress, it’s even piqued the interest of its sister company, Maserati.
Following on its plans to sell 50,000 vehicles a year by 2015, the Italian automaker, or at least its boss Harald Wester, also said that a variant to the 4C sports car could very well be in the cards too.
"It’s a nice idea," Wester said when asked by AutoExpress about Maserati’s plans.
With the new Ghibli joining the ranks of the Quattroporte, the GranTurismo and the GranCabrio in Maserati’s ranks, questions on whether the automaker spreading itself a little too thin aren’t unjustified. And don’t forget the Levante SUV, which is scheduled to be unveiled next year.
But if there’s an entry level in Maserati’s future, it couldn’t have picked a better one than the Alfa Romeo 4C.
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It’s hard for rival automakers to find a consensus on topics regarding the industry, but every now and then, you’ll find that these companies are in agreement over a certain issue. The mass exodus from Iran appears to be one of them.
Last year, a number of automakers, including Porsche, Hyundai and Toyota, all announced their pullout from the Iranian market. Now, after mounting pressure from the group United Against Nuclear Iran, Italian supercar makers Lamborghini and Maserati have pulled also out of the country.
The decision to leave Iran was a response from calls made by the UANI during a press conference last October that outed the two automakers as still in business in the country. As soon as the conference ended, Lamborghini announced its departure with Maserati following suit. Maserati’s case, in particular, seemed to catch a lot of people by surprise, including the automaker itself, particularly because its parent company, Fiat, had already announced it was ending their business in the country a few months earlier.
It’s no coincidence why these automakers are all pulling out of the country. Rising economic tensions are at the forefront of the move, and it’s easy to understand why the massive automotive pullout was being done to support anti-nuclear efforts.
We often talk about how mergers and shared productions have really made the automotive world do a complete 180 in recent years. A great example of this is back in the late-1980s when Ferrari and Maserati were direct competitors and no one could have ever imagined that in 1999, Ferrari would have complete ownership of Maserati. Then, Maserati ended up being split between Alfa Romeo and Ferrari in 2005.
What would be good for a barrel of laughs would be to travel to the mid-1980s and tell Enzo Ferrari that in 2012 his company would be manufacturing a pair of engines for Maserati. Well, all irony aside, that is exactly what’s happening, but also included in this €50 million ($62 million) production deal are Alfa Romeo and Lancia. All four of these models are under the only ownership umbrella that rivals Volkswagen AG, Fiat S.p.A., which is what allows them to share information without fear of losing sales to one another.
The first engine to hit the market will likely be a twin-turbo V-6 powerhouse that will crank out up to 450 ponies. The second engine to come from this development sharing will be a naturally aspirated (non-turbo) V-8 model that will likely crest the 500-horsepower mark. Alfa Romeo has had plans for a replacement for its sports sedan, the 159, but a proper engine hasn’t been developed for it yet. These engines would certainly fit the need and give it a whopping 200- to 300-horsepower increase over the 2011 159’s 3.2-liter V-6.
For Lancia, we really can’t see a model that these engines are suited for, as Lancia currently only has a rebadged Chrysler 200 in its lineup. Maserati can slap either of these engines in any of its cars and it would look right at home, as long as all “Ferrari” badges are stripped. Then again, the automotive world could pay back Maserati by forcing it to slap a “by Ferrari” tag on it like the 1989 through 1991 Chrysler TC by Maserati that we all know and “love.”
We’ll keep you updated on this as more information becomes available.
A few weeks back, we reviewed BMW’s Active Sound system, the system that pipes V-10 engine sounds through the stereo system. We dubbed this system a useless gimmick because a turbo V-8 is a damn fine sounding engine, but owners cannot opt to turn it off without pulling a fuse that also turns off the entire stereo system. Well, it looks like BMW is not alone in this game.
Starting In 2014, Maserati will be selling its first ever diesel-powered vehicle, the Kubang SUV to compete with the Porsche Cayenne diesel in the European market. What Car? asked Maserati’s Vice President of Product Development, Roberto Corradi, about the notoriously beautiful engine sounds that Maserati buyers know and love in their cars and its potential effect on the sales of this diesel SUV.
Corradi responded by stating that engineers are working on using the Kubang’s stereo system to give it a nice engine note. This can only be interpreted as Maserati piping in fake engine sounds through the stereo. Unlike the BMW M5, we see a purpose for this, just like we do in electric cars, as these economic diesel engines just don’t sound cool. This piping in sounds of a high-performance engine can make drivers feel more like they are driving a true Maserati rather than a slower diesel model.
All we ask of Maserati is to install an “On/Off” switch that allows its owner to shut this feature off if he prefers natural engine sounds. As long as that’s taken care of, we have no problem with this feature and actually find it pretty neat.
Maserati will be introducing three new vehicles over the next 24 months, further hinting to the future production of their Kubang SUV, as well as the impending releases of an all-new Quattroporte and a smaller version of it.
In a recent press release, the Italian automaker didn’t specifically mention the names of the three models that they are planning on releasing, but it’s all pretty academic at this point unless they have something up their sleeves that we’ve never seen before.
The Kubang, or "Cinqueporte", for one, has already been slated for production, so it looks like that’s going to be one of the models. Likewise, we’ve already seen spy photos and videos of the new 2014 Quattroporte frolicking around a number of race tracks around the world.
The third model of this triumvirate is also the one that we know the littlest about. Maserati has given indication that they’re building a smaller version of the Quattroporte, but we’ve yet to see the car make its world debut or see it in any spy photos. The only piece of info attached to the model is that it could carry the name "Levante," which Maserati trademarked just a month ago.
Another bit of info in the Maserati press release that bears following is the announcement that an Alfa Romeo model will be built together with the GranTurismo beginning in 2013. What that model is is still anyone’s guess.
One thing we do know is that things are fixing to get interesting from them boys with tridents.
Sisters shouldn’t fight and apparently that also holds true in the auto industry. Maserati, Ferrari’s little sister, is hard at work becoming more of a player in the industry and has set its target on competing against both Porsche and Bentley.
But not with its Italian big sister.
According to Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, Ferrari is in a class of its own and that Maserati will be focusing its attention on competing with the likes of Porsche and Bentley. "Ferrari doesn’t play with Bentley and with Porsche, it plays in its own [sand] box," he said.
The seeds have already been planted for the Italian automaker to accomplish this and expand the model line-up, as well as refreshing some of the existing models in the portfolio. We’ve already heard about Maserati’s intention of introducing a crossover on the market - the tentative name is the ’Cinqueporte’ - to battle the likes of the Cayenne and now it appears that the company will also have plans for a new small sedan, as well as a larger version of the Quattroporte.
Looking at the big picture, Maserati is pushing forward with their plans of increasing the sales figure of the brand all the way up to 60,000 units. That might sound a little bit of a stretch now, but if in fact these guys are serious about competing with a company like Porsche, they’re going to need to invest every last bit of their resources to ensure that they at least come close to the benchmarks they’ve set.
After seven years of high end luxury and sales, the Quattroporte is changing it up just a bit to please a greater chunk of the luxury sedan market. One of the major changes befalling Maserati’s flagship model is the addition of a younger brother. The baby Quattroporte will be arriving in the middle of 2012 and is rumored to be priced at $68,000.
The whole idea behind the baby version is to please Maserati customers complaining that the standard Quattroporte was too big. The Italian luxury car manufacturer responded by providing a shorter wheelbase, thereby shrinking the vehicle in general. Recent spy shots have also shown smaller front brakes, an ill-fitting windscreen, and one exhaust on each of the vehicle’s rear end. Say what you want, but we need to see this to believe it which is why we created this rendering as a portal to the future.
As far as power goes, rumors have been circulating that Maserati will be dropping their Ferrari-sourced V8 engines and picking up a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter version of the Chrysler’s Pentastar. This has yet to be confirmed, but seems to be a viable option considering the extreme pressure on automakers to improve fuel consumption. The problem with this engine, though, is that the standard Pentastar V6 only delivers a total of 280 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, a far cry from the Quattroporte’s 400 HP. However, the turbocharging should help out in that department. Whatever the output is, this engine will be mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
While everyone is waiting for the Alfa Romeo 4C GTA to debut in production form and find its way over to the US, other variations may currently be in the pipeline as well. New reports suggest that the 4C concept will not only preview a two-seater model for Abarth and Alfa, but will also come in some other derivatives, including a Maserati model.
The 4C GTA concept is powered by a "4 cylinder" 1750 Turbo Petrol engine located centrally in the rear of the vehicle and mated to a new automatic "Alfa TCT" twin dry clutch transmission. With a total output of 200 HP, the engine will sprint the concept from 0 to 60 mph in just 5 seconds, while top speed goes up to 155 mph. However, we anticipate that the Maserati variant will be both more powerful and sportier, but we’ll have to wait until about 2013 or 2014 to see it in action.
Any fan of the exclusive Italian marquee, Maserati, would definitely love to have this in their stockings come Christmas day.
Where comprehensive histories on automakers are concerned, the Italian automaker’s new ‘Maserati Classiche’ series is the perfect present to give diehard fans of Ferrari’s sister company. Compiled and edited by the company itself, this new-age, virtual encyclopedia features anything and everything you need to know about the brand and its specific models. Each issue deals with one model and provided uniquely detailed and certified technical information on that car. Just about every individual car that represents the history of the brand is featured in these issues.
The history of the company is definitely fascinating, to say the least. And with the Classiche series, you’ll get to know exactly how that history has shaped the brand’s 90 years of existence. For example, the marquee’s three major models – the GranTurismo, GranCabrio, and the Quattroporte - each represent one prong of the famous Maserati trident. A lot of the models that have been blessed with this badge have become icons in the automotive industry, while others have become classics in their own right. This book will serve as a comprehensive history lesson on the brand and its models, one where you’ll even get some advice and lessons from noted automotive historians.
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We don’t know about anyone else out there, but we think actors everywhere should be running at the chance to star in a movie with Adam Sandler. Yes, the same Adam Sandler that played a spoiled 27-year old, a volatile hockey-turned-golf player, and a little devil.
Why should people want to work with Happy Gilmore these days? Well, other than the fact that it’s Adam Sandler, it turns out he’s mighty generous to his co-stars, generous enough to each give them their own $200,000 Maserati.
After his movie Grown Ups did surprisingly well in the box-office, Sandler showed his appreciation to co-stars – and real-life buddies – Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, and Rob Schneider by giving them their own Maseratis. One for each of them, equating to roughly $800,000.
Hey, Mr. Sandler! Can we star in your next movie?
Sandler’s people were quiet on the matter, declining comment when asked about the Maserati giveaway, but in an interview with Howard Stern, Chris Rock wasted little time in confirming the reports, recounting the story of one particular morning in the Rock household. "I went outside the other day and I had a new Maserati in the driveway,” he said. “Now I think that I’m Adam Sandler’s [female dog]”.
We wouldn’t mind if Sandler gave us our own Maserati either, but we don’t know if we buy this whole thing. Generosity is one thing, but giving away $800,000 worth of new Maseratis takes the definition of a great friend to a whole new level.
After debuting at this years’ Paris Motor Show, the Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale may be a mouthful to say, but the looks and performance of this mighty Italian machine make you forgive its stupid name…
This car is the most powerful, lightest, and fastest road-going Maserati to date, with 450BHP (336kW) from theFerrari-based 4.2 liter V8 that we’ve come to know and love over the years. Needless to say the soundtrack from this race-inspired Mazza will give you goosebumps in a very intimately satisfying way. When Italians use the word Stradale – you can be sure that the car in question comes with racing pedigree and the handling and performance to match. A dual clutch transmission finds it way into the mix along with carbon ceramic brakes by Brembo. As with all supercar offerings don’t expect a top speed of over 300km/h and a 0-100km/h sprint of around 4 seconds to come cheap – pricing has yet to be announced, but the release date - quarter one of 2011 - is still on.
The car is being driven by Grand Prix veteran, Johnny Herbert, and you can enjoy his comments on the car at the end. Look out for the GranTurismo Trofeo edition on track as well – the car upon which the Stradale is based.
Sit back, turn up the volume, and enjoy!
While not as high-profile as their counterparts in Formula One, the FIA GT1 certainly has no shortage of supercars lining up on the grid. This year, the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship will have some pretty tasty machines with a Maserati MC12 - four of them, actually - leading the parade of supercars each and every one of us would be dying to have parked in our driveways.
In addition to the quartet of MC12s participating this season, the defending champs will be challenged by a number of other high-powered beasts including Lamborghini Murcielagos, Ford GTs, Aston Martin DB9s, andNissan GT-Rs.
Needless to say, that’s a list of cars that aren’t exactly slouches to race against so you can expect that the Maseratis will have quite a challenge on their hands in defending their GT1 title.
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Emissions regulations have been a hot topic in Europe, and now regulators for the European Union have put sports car makers in their crosshairs. The EU wants to bring down the average CO2 emissions of cars to 120 grams per km by 2012 (about what the small three-cylinder Smart ForTwo currently produces.) The problem: the current average for European cars is 160 grams per km and most sports cars emit two or three times the current average.
"We are committed to reduce CO2 emissions heavily in the next years so we are doing whatever is possible without destroying the DNA of the brand to bring them down to a much better level than today," said Lamborghini Chief Executive Stephan Winkelmann. "But you have to understand, it will never meet the 120 g or 130 g per km."
Maserati joined the Fiat family in 1990 and since then the life for the luxury brand wasn’t that pink. The company only reported big looses, for example last year, in the first quarter they reported 7-million euro loss. But it seems the things are getting better for the company. In the second qurter of this year Maserati reported a 1-million euro trading profit, for the first time in 17 years.
In an overall luxury segment that has shown declined sales performance during the first quarter of 2007, Maserati North America has shown considerable gains, marking a continued rise for the company. According to Jim Selwa, President and CEO of Maserati North America, Inc., the performance of Maserati is strong, mirroring the performance of the elegant brand. "The luxurious Maserati Quattroporte is the leader in the $100,000 sport sedan segment. Hand-crafted Pininfarina design, true (...)
Oh it seems like yesterday that I was looking at the concept photography of the Maserati’s new coupe. Now you can see the new Maserati Granturismo official web page. Check out the new site at www.granturismoisback.com for new photography of the vehicle both inside and out. Also there is very nice live video of the Maserati Granturismo. Full information is availabe for the coupe but you will not be able to configure your own until this summer in June. With Italian styling, a 405 horsepower (...)