These could be the final Ferrari-powered models.
For the past several years now, Maserati's top models have all been characterized by Ferrari-built V8 engines. But with Maserati's Ferrari contract set to expire, the company will have to turn elsewhere for powertrains. Maserati should be fine on its own, with an all-new, in-house Nettuno V6 set to produce up to 620 horsepower. The Nettuno will debut in the new Maserati MC20 sports car but before then, it looks like the Trident may give its Ferrari engines a final send-off.
Maserati has just teased a trio of new Trofeo line models that are set to debut on August 10. The caption with the teaser reads, "Get ready. The new Trofeo line up premieres on August 10th, 2020" and includes the hashtags #MaseratiGhibliTrofeo, #MaseratiQuattroporteTrofe, #MaseratiLevanteTrofeo, and #Maserati.
There has already been a limited-edition Maserati Levante Trofeo, which was powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo Ferrari-developed V8 producing 590 hp and 538 lb-ft. Some recent spy shots have shown Maserati testing a Levante Trofeo that's rumored to have a larger 4.0-liter V8 producing even more power. At this point, it's unclear if the 4.0-liter engine is derived from the old Ferrari-built 3.8-liter, or if it is an entirely new Maserati design.
This will also be the first time Maserati has offered Trofeo versions of the Ghibli or Quattroporte. The Ghibli was previously only available with a V6 (the Ghibli Hybrid is coming for 2021) while the most potent Quattroporte was the GTS, which produces 523 hp and 524 lb-ft of torque.
We suspect that these new models will also receive the new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, which should put them on the same performance level as the BMW M3 and M5 respectively. It is also entirely possible that Maserati has a completely different engine for these new cars. All will be revealed in just a couple of weeks.