A Big Hit for Maserati
One of the big pluses for the Maserati brand was the Ferrari-sourced engines in the cars. Now that seems it will end. According to The Motley Fool, on a recent earnings call, Ferrari stated that it would stop producing engines for its former sister brand.
Ferrari was spun off from FCA as part of an IPO in 2015. This set it apart from the other FCA brands, and now the company wants to stop producing engines for Maserati.
“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,” Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri said during the earnings call.
The engines will stop coming to Maserati in either 2021 or 2022. While this isn’t a huge deal for Ferrari, it’s a rather big one for Maserati. The car company used Ferrari-sourced engines in the Ghibli, Quattroporte, Levante, GranTurismo, and GranCabrio.
It’s unclear what Maserati will do. The company could design and build its own engines, but it could also source an engine from another one of FCA’s brands. Carscoops points to Dodge, almost joking at the prospect. However, a raucous HEMI V8 in a Maserati would get the job done. Still, it’s not very on-brand for Maserati. Time will tell what the company decides to do.