A diesel Maserati? Perish the thought! But if Porsche and the BMW M division can make diesels, anything is possible. And that appears to be just what Maserati has planned.

The Modenese automaker, as you may recall, is planning not just one replacement for the current Quattroporte, but two. The Quattroporte itself (pictured above) will grow in size to proportions similar to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Jaguar XJ, while a smaller model – internally dubbed Maseratina – will be closer to the E-Class or XF. It's that model that's tipped to get a diesel version.

According to AutoBild, however, that diesel will be no slouch, packing some 300 horsepower and over 500 pound-feet of torque. With those kinds of figures, it would be significantly more powerful than the Porsche Panamera diesel, which packs about 250 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Its inclusion in the line-up would surely help Maserati increase its market penetration, particularly in Europe where diesels account for a high proportion of sales in the segment.


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      wartzilla
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sexy. With those numbers its bound to be another 3.0L V6. I wish some of these luxury manufacturers would make a small 4.0 or 4.5L crossplane V8 diesel. A well-made modern diesel like that would sound absolutely amazing without any trickery. Just have a listen to tuned Ford 6.0's, 6.4's and 6.7's on YouTube.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wartzilla
        Hmm, something with say 400hp and 600lbft, and a throaty, coarse V8 rumble. Sounds good!
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd drive one if I could ever afford it. I LOVE the current Quattroporte, its sexy in all the right ways, and when you think about it, fairly affordable. If this "Maseratina" resembles it in the right ways, Maserati may steal me away from the Jaguar XF I've always wanted to buy "someday."
      • 2 Years Ago
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      vinz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hello! I'm Italian and I can confirm that maserati never produce diesel engines, this was said by the President of the maserati Mark McNabb. I send you some links on the next-generation Quattroporte http://www.alvolante.it/prossima_uscita/maserati_quattroporte http://www.alvolante.it/news/trazione_integrale_maserati_quattroporte-276271044
        wartzilla
        • 2 Years Ago
        @vinz
        Maserati's parent company is Fiat, who also owns 50% of VM Motori, an Italian diesel engine manufacturer. VM Motori produces a 3.0L V6 capable of producing the numbers seen in this article - this engine has been placed in the new Chrysler 300 (Lancia Thema) and the new Cherokee, both Chrysler (Fiat) cars. Basically, in all likelihood a tuned up version of that engine is a likely candidate for this new Maserati.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wartzilla
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      GearHeadDeals.com
      • 2 Years Ago
      We're really liking this diesel performance that the high end guys are coming out with. Time to start with diesel-electric?
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