Maserati’s New Twin-Turbo V6 Engine Has Up To 542 Horsepower

Maserati’s next twin-turbo V6 would produce 542 horsepower (404 kilowatts) in some applications and move 3.0 liters. After debuting in the mid-engine sports car MC20, the powertrain would be under the hood of at least three other models, according to Automotive News Europe. The factory will replace Maserati for its original Ferrari V8.

In addition to the MC20, the new V6 will be available in the next successors of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio. It will also be under the hood of a smaller crossover coming under the Levante, Automotive News Europe reports. The version for sports cars would have 542 horsepower and the crossover 523 horsepower (390 kW).

Even the standard version of the engine would have a level of electrification. This is contrary to previous reports which indicated that there would be a separate hybrid model. There may be more than one level of electrical assistance.

The twin-turbo V6 would use a technology called turbulence ignition. The system uses the space usually reserved for the spark plug to create an ultra-lean combustion chamber. This configuration increases efficiency and reduces emissions. Mahle previously supplied similar technology to the Ferrari Formula 1 team, according to Automotive News Europe.

Maserati will be busy launching new models for the rest of the year. The refreshed Ghibli will arrive with a hybrid powertrain on July 15, and electrically assisted versions of the refreshed Levante and Quattroporte will come later. MC20 will be released in September after a delay from the original plan for its premiere in May due to the coronavirus pandemic. The smaller yet unnamed crossover will arrive in 2021.

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