According to Car and Driver, the next-generation Maserati Quattroporte is slated to get two all-new forced-induction engines sourced from Ferrari.

At launch, the Quattroporte will be introduced with its range-topping engine, a 5.2-liter turbocharged V8, good for something like 520 horsepower. That's all well and fine, but the big news is that a smaller, supercharged V6 will launch shortly thereafter, pumping out around 420 horsepower. That's right, Ferrari will be making a V6.

C/D reports that the supercharged V6 comes from the group that is heading up the development of Ferrari's new 1.6-liter turbocharged six for use in future Formula One racers. This new 420-hp engine is said to be about 30 percent more efficient than the V8 currently found in the Ferrari California. The Quattroporte itself is tipped to be about 450 pounds lighter than its predecessor, which should also help in the efficiency department.

Both engines will be available with a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission. The current car's automated manual transmission option will no longer be offered.

We've seen the automaker's forthcoming Q-ship out testing on a number of occasions, and C/D believes that the new car will officially bow at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show in January.


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      Claud
      • 2 Years Ago
      A supercharged V6??????????............Is there a Dino in the near future???????????
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems like the V6 could go well in the upcoming Alfa 169 flagship
      QCRamAir
      • 2 Years Ago
      "...450 lbs lighter than its predecessor." Awesome, awesome, awesome. The V6 will be interesting, and I'll bet it'll sound killer, but man, IMO the big news is in the weight loss. Everything from performance and dynamics to efficiency will greatly benefit.
      shan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why bother with the styling? its looked the same since 2004
      bomgd3
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will never understand why people LIKE the look of Quattroportes. The front looks wide and droopy with shapeless headlamps, the character line has all the tension of an overcooked Ramen noodle, and the rear is just totally forgettable. I see them all over the place here in Connecticut.
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know that the 6 will probably be great in this car but it just doesn't seem right .
      • 2 Years Ago
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        billradz
        • 2 Years Ago
        Hey LL, you've written the same comment several times before and it still has no place on any of the news items to which you respond. Give it a rest Doc.
      GOD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Praise Be To GOD
      • 2 Years Ago
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        vince
        • 2 Years Ago
        I think it is, good eye. Not surprising, I think its safe to assume the Quattroporte and the new 5 series competitor are going to be based on the LY platform, with a new suspension/engines and a lot of engineering going towards weight loss. The 300C with the big cast iron hemi weighs about 100 pounds less then the Quattroporte now, 4270 vs 4375, so this car could actually be 400 pounds lighter. For comparison the new 550i is just under 4400 pounds depending on options. I wonder if these cars will use the Chrysler climate controls and infotainment with some dressed up icons and different switch gear, it would probably be a big upgrade with better reliability.
      Neil
      • 2 Years Ago
      the quattroporte is going to share the chrysler 300's platform. im not sure where they get their information, but that v6 is actually supposed to be a 3.0 liter version of the pentastar v6. chrysler didnt have the funding to develope this engine so it was sent to ferrari. prior to that, chrysler was going to have a single turbo version rated at 370-hp and a twin turbo with 420-hp. chrysler's biggest problem is their transmissions. they are doing away with their own and are now going to be using zf transmissions which are used by alot of others. their rwd vehicles will use an 8-speed unit (already in their rwd v6's including the 2013 ram) and a 9-speed unit for fwd.
        cmcclarty
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Neil
        ZF tranny that was the weak link in the Pantera back in the day.
      carcrazed4life
      • 2 Years Ago
      One would imagine to keep costs down, that the V6 would share something with the Pentastar (like the rumored 3.0l Twin Turbo which itself was speculated to have 420hp.) The 4.3l V8 in the California produces 480hp... You would think instead of the 5.2l twin turbo, they would work with the 4.3l to keep costs lower as well. I know Ferrari F70 is supposedly working with twin turbo V8s as well, so their maybe some cost sharing there. I think weight of the engine is important which is why the Cali mill would be preferred...
        Marin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carcrazed4life
        I think they considered a turbocharged Pentastar, but eventually gave it up because it would dilute the brands.... you don't see Vag putting Vw engines into a Porsche do you? As for the F70, there were reports that the engine in that car would definetely be the 6.3 V12 from the F12 Berlinetta, with a couple of turbochargers on it, so it develops 900 hp. Although I don't know how they will be able to get the weight below 2200 lbs., which is their goal.
          Marin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marin
          I wasn't going to argue, but I see you've started making stuff up just to prove me wrong, so I have to react. The Lambo V10 came first in the Gallardo in the year 2003., while the 2.5 was introduced in Vw's of the 2006 model year, so if they are linked at all (for which there is no proof) the lambo engine was chopped in half for the use in Vw, not the other way around. And I have no problems with that, it would be cool to have Ferrari engines in a Chrysler or Alfa Romeo. Even Vw, who is all about cost cutting, is not that stupid, to do it the other way around. And as for the Ferrari engine fires, yes, ha ha, I get the sarcasm, but let me show you this autoblog article: http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/01/ferrari-458-italia-recalled-fire-risk/ where it says, and I qoute: "According to the automaker, an adhesive used to attach a heat shield under the rear fender can ignite under high temperatures, leading to a larger fire in the engine bay." So there actually isn't a problem with none of their engines, looks like a lot of people jumped the gun on that one. And are you seriously proposing that Ferrari, whose every engine design in history was a jewel on their own, replaces their engines with engines from a company that almost went bankrupt in 2009? I don't think an engine from a company like that would be a good base for Ferrari's engines. And I bet you they'd lose 50 % of their customers immediately, their brand image would never recover. Image is a very touchy thing, you can build it up in decades, and then destroy with just one model.
          carcrazed4life
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marin
          Well, the Lambo V10 is based on two inline 2.5l 5 cylinder VW Jetta engines... The V8 bi turbo in the new Bentley is based on two inline 2.0l 4 cylinder VW Jetta engines. The same is said for the W12 and W16 motors... And as Jules said, VW motors are going to make their way into Cayenne and even the Panamera. I'm not saying use the same engine, I'm saying start from that engine and have Ferrari tune/tweak it. Same thing for the Suspension, and everything else. Tune it right... But leave the main, mass produced parts their. It also helps from a parts cost and reliability factor. I don't want my Alfa or Maserati burning down you know.
          carcrazed4life
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marin
          Marin, you obviously missed my point. Wether the Lambo came first or the VW motor came first, it is irrelevant. I'm saying that is the worst way it can be said and it still has not impacted Lambo's sales. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Volkswagen_Group_petrol_engines#5.0_V10_40v_368-390kW_.28Lamborghini.29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Volkswagen_Group_petrol_engines#2.5_R5_20v_TFSI_250kW-300kW_.28Audi_TTRS.2C_RS3_.26_quattro_Concept.29 You may notice that the 5.0l shares the same bore and stroke, stroke ratio, and CC per cylinder. Still think their is no proof of their relationship? And I never said ferrari should replace their engines at all. I'm saying the Fiat should consider using mass produced engines in cars that are massed produced and let Ferrari tune them for the Alfa and Maserati. This is coming first hand from someone who owns an 06 4.2l QP. Its anemic down low, horrible switchgear, and small on the inside. What ferrai did great was tune the way this thing handles and sounds. Remember this happens all day long (where do you think the Aston V12 was derived from... that is right two 3.0l Duratec V6s.) The same can happen for a Alfa and Maserati engine, sourced from a pentastar, and engineered by Ferrari. No one says they have to use it as is.
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