Maserati’s current range of cars aren’t what you’d call class-leading vehicles. But they make up for it by - generally - looking rather smashing, having that badge, and using Ferrari-built engines. But that latter attribute will soon be a thing of the past.
During Ferrari’s first quarter earnings call, CEO Louis Camilleri confirmed that the company will stop making engines for its fellow Italian brand. He said:
“Eventually, we will no longer supply engines to Maserati, which actually from our perspective is actually a good thing, both from a margin perspective, but also the fact that we can transfer a lot of the labor that’s been focused on the engines to the car side of the business.”
No specific date has been given, but Camilleri did say that the change will happen no later than 2022. By that stage, Maserati will have a new range of engines and an entirely electrified stable of cars.
Currently, Ferrari is responsible for making a pair of V8s - one naturally-aspirated and one twin-turbocharged - for Maserati. They’re related to the F136 (F430, 458 Italia) and F154 (Portofino, 488), but with the flat-plane cranks switched for cross-plane. Ferrari also assembles a twin-turbo V6 that’s based around a Chrysler-cast block, while the brand’s V6 diesel engine is built by Fiat-owned VM Motori.
Along with plans for new hybridised internal combustion engines, Maserati is also looking to produce EVs. A fully electric Alferi, for instance, should be here by 2022.