Maserati boss Pininfarina has confirmed that Maserati is quitting its deal with Ferrari. The statement came during the end of the first-half fiscal year on an Italian financial daily. According to an Italian financial daily, quoting an industry source, Camilleri said during the call with an investor following up on a report in the La Gazzetta dello Sport that Maserati will no longer continue its agreement with Ferrari. The news comes as a surprise, especially since there are rumors and reports that the two parties are finalizing an agreement to renew the contract which was due in July. Some believe that this move is made in light of new demands from Maserati management to improve profits.
Meanwhile, Ferrari has also issued a statement on its website (stating that “Maserati has informed Ferrari that it is discontinuing its alliance with the Italian car manufacturer. We will, however, continue to work together with Maserati to produce innovative technologies, to advance mobility and performance”. Added to the statement is an acknowledgment that “we have been pleased to provide Maserati with a number of engines which have proven to be very successful both in racing conditions and on the road”.
The Maserati division producing the coupes and the sportscar models is now going through engine updates with the introduction of the twin-turbo V12 and the V12 GRP. The twin-turbocharged V12 produces more power than the coupe series. The twin-turbocharged V12 is mated to a standard Ferrari block and uses a lighter aluminum bodywork. Expect to see some more V12 GRP Grand Prix exhausts and packages being developed for the Maserati models. Expect to see some more aggressive body designs and wider track in the future Maserati sportscars.
Maserati is also developing a high performance and environmentally friendly gasoline Maserati 4C model to compete with General Motors’ new Chevrolet vehicle. It is rumored that the new car will sport a diesel engine. No official word has come forth yet on any modifications that will take place with the Maserati engines such as changing the air venting, changing the carburetor or using a hybrid engine. There have been rumors that an all-wheel drive version of the Maserati is under development and may even replace the current gas-powered four-door GranTurismo. No official word on this one just yet but stay tuned.
Last but not least, Maserati is also working on a new Maserati GranTurismo S Coupe that is set to debut in the markets in 2021. Maserati is known to use supercar engines to produce its high-performance and sleek designs. So far, the Maserati GranTurismo S Coupe is set to use a Ferrari V-12 instead of a Ferrari 365. The new Maserati GranTurismo S Coupe’s twin-box will use a modified twin-turbocharged V-12 with 4 turbochargers. This is Maserati’s first entry into the category of mid-engined, rear-drive sports cars. It is anticipated that these engines will be developed to produce 300 horsepower.
All of these Maserati vehicles are set to carry the newly developed Maserati name. However, the new models that we have mentioned above are already using Maserati parts and engines derived from the Ferrari models. Maserati is planning to use its own lightweight, twin-turbocharged V-12 and four-wheel drive system to produce its roadsters. These new sportscars are expected to carry the same styling and high performance features as the older Maserati GranTurismo S Coupe. Rest assured, you can count on the reliability, performance of these new GranTurismo S Coupes.