Who needs Ferrari anyway.
For many years now, top Maserati models have used engines built by Ferrari. But Maserati's contract with Ferrari to supply engines is about to run out, so the Italian luxury brand has had to work on its own powerplant. We already knew that the upcoming 2021 Maserati MC20 sports car will be powered by an all-new twin-turbocharged V6 engine and today, Maserati has dropped all of the juicy details of its new engine dubbed the Nettuno.
This 3.0-liter twin-turbo unit is derived from Formula 1 and features drum sump lubrication, a pre-chamber combustion system with twin spark plugs, and an incredible 8,000 rpm redline.
In the MC20, the Nettuno V6 will produce 630 metric horsepower (621 mechanical horsepower) at 7,500 rpm and 730 Nm (538 lb-ft) of torque from 3,000 rpm. This gives the Nettuno a specific output of around 207 hp per liter. The engine was designed at the Maserati Innovation Lab on Via Emilia Ovest and developed at the Engine Hub, located at the Viale Ciro Menotti address where it will also be assembled. Maserati is currently prepping its production line and paint shop for the new MC20.
In addition to the MC20, the Nettuno will likely be used in Maserati's replacement for the Gran Turismo as well as the next-generation Levante GTS and Trofeo that utilize the Ferrari-built V8. We expect Maserati to detune the engine a bit, as the Gran Turismo replacement is predicted to produce around 542 hp with the Levante getting around 523 hp.
We were a bit worried when Maserati said it would no longer use Ferrari engines but it looks like the company will do just fine on its own. The Nettuno engine should sound just as good as the old Ferrari units (if not better) and will produce similar levels of power. Maserati will reveal the MC20 and possibly other modes at its "MMXX: The time to be audacious" event on September 9-10.