Fiat gearing up for epic diesel power struggle with Volkswagen.
Maserati is breaking new ground with the Ghibli, offering it with the first diesel engine in the company's history. But that may be just the start as Car and Driver reports that Maserati and Fiat Powertrain Technologies are considering stepping it up a notch by developing a turbo-diesel V8 to join the new V6 oil-burner. Although Mercedes-Benz and BMW have discontinued their eight-cylinder diesels, the formula is alive and well in the Volkswagen Group, which (despite the axing of the V10 TDI) continue to build both V8 and V12 turbo-diesels.
Word has it that the engine could produce around 360 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, which would be more than the Ghibli V6 diesel's 275 hp and 442 lb-ft but less than the Cayenne's 382 hp and 627 lb-ft, leading us to wonder if it couldn't actually produce much more twist than what Car and Driver projects. C/D reports that the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel has one of the longest waiting lists in the business as customers clamor for big muscle burning diesel fuel. If given the green light, Maserati's eight-pot oil-burner could find its way into the new Quattroporte and upcoming Levante SUV. What do you think?