Maserati's New V8 Trofeo Models Are Pretty Thirsty

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Even though they have Ferrari power.

Maserati's 2021 lineup boasts a slew of important upgrades, including new technology, hybrid powertrains, and some new engine options for two of its models. The Trofeo lineup expanded with the 2021 Maserati Ghibli Trofeo and the 2021 Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo, which join the existing Levante Trofeo. All three of these models use a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 580 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque.

As expected, the new V8 engine is thirstier than the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that is also offered on the Ghibli, Quattroporte, and Levante. The US Department of Energy has published fuel economy ratings for all three new Trofeo models, so we now know exactly how much fuel they drink.

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All three Trofeo models boast the same fuel economy figures: 13 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on the highway, and 16 mpg combined. For comparison, the Ghibli boasts the best fuel economy with the base V6 engine, 17/25/20 mpg city/highway/combined. The Quattroporte V6 sits in the middle with 16/24/19 mpg and the Levante V6 is the least efficient of the bunch at 16/22/18 mpg.

The similarly-powered BMW M5 manages 15/21/17 mpg city/highway/combined, while the Audi RS7 is a bit better at 15/22/17 mpg. As for rival SUVs, the Audi RS Q8 is less efficient at 13/19/15 mpg as is the BMW X5 M at 13/18/15 mpg. We'll count this as a loss for the Ghibli and Quattroporte but a win for the Levante.

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These Trofeo models are likely a send-off for the Ferrari V8 engine, as Maserati's contract with Ferrari is expected to end either this year or in 2022. Future Maserati performance cars should utilize the company's new twin-turbo V6 Nettuno engine, which produces 621 hp in the upcoming MC20 supercar. Maserati will also introduce new all-electric cars, starting with a replacement for the recently-departed GranTurismo. As the Italian automaker downsizes engines and introduces electrification, we expect fuel economy ratings to rise.

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