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Ghibli Diesel Developed by Ferrari?

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Whatever it's based on, the diesel in the new Maserati Ghibli is the first Ferrari has ever worked on.

The new Ghibli looks to make history for Maserati. Not only is it poised to be the best-selling Maserati of all time, it will also be the company's first diesel. But just where did that diesel come from? There seem to be more questions than answers. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6's specs share a number of features with both the gasoline engine in the Ghibli and the diesel furnished by VM Motori for the Chrysler 300/Lancia Thema and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

While the diesel in the Jeep and Lancia makes around 240 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, the Maserati's produces 275 hp and 442 lb-ft. That's less power and more torque, though, than the gasoline engines in the Ghibli, which can be had in 330hp/369lb-ft and 410hp/405lb-ft specs. Whichever engine the Ghibli's diesel is based on – its own gasoline counterpart or the Chrysler's – Maserati CEO Harald Wester says that the powerplant was developed jointly by Maserati and Ferrari. If that's the case, it would be the first diesel ever made by Ferrari. But don't expect to see it power any of Maranello's supercars in the near future.

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