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If you aren't happy with a Ferrari-sourced 4.7-liter V8 under the hood of your Maserati, we'd keep that sentiment to yourself, less your brand be saddled with a somewhat less inspired powerplant in the near future. According to Inside Line, shadowy sources at the Italian automaker claim that in the near future, a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged Pentastar V6 (you know, from Chrysler) may replace the thirsty eight-pots.

Don't get us wrong. The Pentastar is a fine engine and it's done much for the entire Chrysler lineup, but converting the engine from its everyman roots into a fire breather capable of lighting the tires of a Maserati is something entirely different.

IL is also reporting that Ferrari is working on shying away from naturally aspirated engines. The Prancing Horse is supposedly hard at work on a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 good for 750 horsepower. That miracle mill is slated to power the next iteration of the company's FXX.


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      mkbruin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Listen up Zack. Do a miniscule amount of research before posting a blog article. Please. "Don't get us wrong. The Pentastar is a fine engine and it's done much for the entire Chrysler lineup, but converting the engine from its everyman roots into a fire breather capable of lighting the tires of a Maserati is something entirely different." From AllPar: The following table was first provided in July 2006 with information from oh20, in a form not dissimilar from its current state; he updated the chart at the end of November 2008 to the following (except horsepower, which we derived from the Five Year Plan). All engines have variable valve timing unless otherwise noted: 3.0 V6 Base Premium Direct Injection MDS (n/a) Export models (four different varieties are apparently planned though volume will probably be low) 3.3 V6 VVT 260 200, Avenger, Minivans — Might be dropped 3.2 V6 Direct Injection Challenger, Charger, Minivans, Grand Cherokee, Durango 3.3 V6 DI/HEV 200, Avenger, 300, Minivans— Might be dropped 3.3 V6 MDS 280 200, Avenger, Minivans— Might be dropped 3.6 V6 VVT 280 Multiple models (first on Grand Cherokee) 3.6 V6 Direct Injection Ram, Wrangler (Since the noise will be acceptable) 3.6 V6 MDS (late intro) Challenger, Charger, 300, Minivans, Grand Cherokee, Durango, Aspen 3.6 V6 HEV Minivans 3.6 V6 PZEV 200, Avenger, Minivans 4.0 V6 Base (no VVT) marine use 4.0 V6 Premium, MDS, no VVT marine use 4.7 V8 VVT Ram, Charger, 300, Dakota, Grand Cherokee, Durango (Status unknown) If we rely only on the Five Year Plan chart and what we know of current production and testing, we get this revised chart. While the Five Year Plan has the 3.3 listed, we believe they will go with a 3.2 liter engine instead. We don’t know what happened to direct injection — whether the 3.2 will be direct-injected or just MultiAir equipped. We believe the 3.2 will be used on the forthcoming Jeep Liberty. 3.0 V6 Direct Injection Turbo 360 3.0 V6 Direct Injection Twin Turbo 410 3.2 V6 Economy (VVT only) 250 3.2 V6 MultiAir 270 3.6 V6 Already Launched 280 This info has been available for quite some time now.
        MyerShift
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mkbruin
        Thank you for shedding the light upon these fools' clouded minds. The rampant ignorance in the world often leaves me feeling ill.
      BavidDritton
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd expect plenty of anti-Chrysler talk in the comments, but I didn't figure the article would have that tone as well. Not your best work, Zach. Don't forget, Chrysler's product issues the last few years (2006-2010) WEREN'T due to a lack of engineering skill, tallent, and ability. It was due to the terrible leadership from Daimler and Cerberus.
      toxonix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ah yes, the turbo V6 hearkens back to the days of DeTomaso ruining Maserati with the Biturbo and Quattroporte. At least this time they won't be made of cheap soviet tin.
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      I believe that the Pentastar Chrysler V-6 with twin turbos would be an awsome engine for its Maserati cousin. No doubt some Chrysler performance products would recieve this engine in some form. People forget the Jensen Interceptor used the ledgendary Chrysler HEMI for power and was well regarded, even today. Chrysler engines in a Maserati would fit the Fiat plan of cross migration of product and provide a potent power plant for future Dodge mid-size performance coupes and sedans in its new SRT brand. Don't be surprised to see Maserati platforms under a luxury Chrysler or a Jeep Grand Cherokee sourced Alfa SUV in the future. Cross migration works both ways.
      MyerShift
      • 3 Years Ago
      Excellent news here. Marchionne is properly leveraging resources across both companies, a more affordable powerplant will yield higher profits (because hey, even a heavily modified Chrysler 6 has got to be cheaper than any Ferrari sourced unit, no?), and this shows that under Marchionne, Fiats stewardship of Chrysler has already yielded better results than Daimler (mis)managed in ten! Articles seem to state that Chrysler's Pentastar unit has an excellent, if tamed and refined note that should translate well to the new bi-turbo 3.0L unit for Maserati. Alfa Romeo used GM units with unique heads in the 159/Brera and those were stated to be full of spirit and proper sounding. Chrysler and FIAT will be ones to watch for in the next ten years it would seem!
        Robert Ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MyerShift
        They used DI on blocks supplied by Holden in Australia. now Holden is using DI (basically the Alfa Romeo engine )on the 3 Litre Commodore Eco V6.
        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MyerShift
        Alfa only used the GM block. All internals (pistons, crank, camshafts etc), engine management systems and as you mentioned the heads were all Alfa. If Maserati can do the same I'm all for it, but it has to sound like a Maserati, and the displacement must be different for sufficient differentiation.
      Nickoo
      • 3 Years Ago
      The pentastar is one of the world's most advanced engines in NVH, block design, and reliability. I am not a fan of DOHC engines compared to OHV (less moving parts, better low end torque) but they did good choosing that particular engine, if they tune it properly it will be a beast. They could add multi-air, twin turbos and possibly direct injection if they can get the kinks worked out.
      romalerig
      • 3 Years Ago
      A turbocharged engine derived from only the Pentastar's block will be use in the upcoming baby Quattroporte exclusively (the E segment)
      Bird2112
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does everyone forget the Fright-pig that was the Biturbo (and all of it's other names)? Kill it with fire...now.
      AMG THIS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't that engine also the same as the new Mercedes V6's too? Or share the same block etc?
        HuskerBadger
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AMG THIS
        No, with a little bit of yes. MB provided engineering resources ($) and uses the same 60 degree block design as a basis for it's new 3.5, but that's it. It's actually slated to become more of a Fiat engine with the application of MultiAir technology in the future.
        Jim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AMG THIS
        No. they were supposed to be but I think that got scuttled after the split.
        Jim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AMG THIS
        nope, I might be wrong about that. lrn2research, Jim
      matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      a turbo v6 in an Italian sports car just isn't right. It's like the Statue of Liberty holding a hammer and sickle.
      Beastage
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nothing wrong with a twin turbo 3L v6, especially after the Italians will do the magic on it.
      ahjotah
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Shady sources"? You mean like the people at Allpar who have been speculating about this happening for some time? Slow news day, AB?
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