Twin Turbo V8 Engine


A hundred years of engine design in one V8

For Maserati, creating a new engine is a unique event, one that brings Italy’s legendary “Motor Valley” back to life. And the new, original Twin Turbo V8 used on the Quattroporte is no exception.

Some engines have a special quality that defines their character much better than their power and torque data or any other technical specifications could ever do: their origins. If an engine is developed in that area of Italy’s Emilia Romagna region, and more precisely in the provinces of Modena and Bologna, known as “Motor Valley”, it is safe to say that it will be a unique piece of engineering with extraordinary characteristics.

Obviously, it is not the weather that makes an engine from “Motor Valley” so special - although this is responsible for some of the area’s wonderful food products - but rather the passionate enthusiasm of the men who firstly conceive it, then design it and finally assemble it, adopting the same modus operandi as the craftsmen who built the foundations of the Valley in the early Twentieth Century, ensuring the success of some of the world’s leading automotive constructors: from the Maserati brothers to Enzo Ferrari and Ferruccio Lamborghini.

Men whose legacy is so immense that it has made the whole region a symbol of excellence in engine design. It was on this boundless know-how that the engineer Paolo Martinelli - Modena born and bred, with a splendid F1 past behind him, head of Maserati's Powertrain Department since 2011 - drew unstintingly to develop the new-generation Twin Turbo V8 installed on the Quattroporte. An engine with a strong identity, entirely developed and designed by Maserati in Modena and built at the Ferrari plant at Maranello.

For Maserati, with its constant commitment to leading-edge innovation in engine design, this eight-cylinder unit represents a real technological revolution. Like the famed family of V8 engines used on the GranTurismo and GranCabrio range, which have undergone further improvements recently and which are still at the cutting edge, this original engine has a surfeit of sophisticated design solutions, enabling it to set new records in terms of performance and efficiency.

Around the V90 layout, the Maserati engineers have built a 3.8 litre engine capable of generating a power of 530 HP at 6,800 rpm and a torque of 710 Nm at between 2,000 and 3,500 rpm. As a result, the new unit delivers specific power and torque of 139 HP/litre and 171 Nm/litre respectively, well above the averages for the category. Amazing figures that enable the Quattroporte to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds and pass the 300 km/h threshold with ease, with a top speed of 307 km/h. An achievement that makes the new sedan the second fastest Maserati of all time, second only to the muscular MC12 with V12 engine. In addition, with 95% of the torque already available at less than 1,600 rpm, the Quattroporte's V8 combines smooth running and outstanding performance at any engine speed with a special focus on fuel consumption and emissions.