Ferrari has announced their engine supply deal with Maserati is ending, so let’s look back at the best cars by this Italian duo.
Since 2002, Maseratis have been fitted with engines that were built by Ferrari, however Maserati is now looking like they will be taking a more ‘electrified’ route for their future models. Ferrari supplies them with twin turbocharged V8’s as well as a naturally aspirated V8 among others, so it will be interesting to see how Maserati continues without them.
Below are three of our favourite Maserati models that use Ferrari engines:
Maserati Levante Trofeo
Ferrari designed and built the Levante Trofeo’s bi-turbo V8, as seen in the Quattroporte GTS saloon, giving the performance SUV a great power boost. Compared to the saloon, there have been a couple of improvements, such as new turbochargers and bespoke valves.
Quite a few changes were made so that the engine would suit the Q4 all-wheel-drive system and 8-speed automatic transmission, resulting in what is now the most powerful series-production by Maserati. The V8 is also the same Maranello-built engine that is used by the Levante GTS and Ferrari 488.
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Gransport engines could theoretically be considered Ferrari’s since they were designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro during a time when Ferrari was the sole owner of Maserati. They used an engine derived from that of the F430 and both the coupe and spyder were powered by a 4.2 litre V8.
There is still much debate over whether it can be classed as a ‘true’ Ferrari engine, but it was made from a Ferrari casting. One argument against this is that Maserati crankshafts are cross plane while Ferrari’s are flat plane, but as far as we are concerned, the Gransport has a Ferrari engine.
The best option in the Quattroporte’s 5th gen range was fitted with a twin-turbo V8, which was overseen by an expert with Ferrari F1 engine experience.
The 2013 Quattroporte was available with three engine options, all 8-speed automatics, and one of these was again a Ferrari-developed twin-turbo V8. This 523bhp cross between a performance sports car and luxury limousine is generally considered to be as close to a 4 door Ferrari that we’ll ever get.
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