Since 2002, every Maserati that rolled out of the production line had an engine built by Ferrari. Unfortunately, those days are coming to an end, after the latter announced that it will soon stop supplying engines to its fellow Italian performance car maker.
The reason that Maseratis came with Ferrari engines in the first place was because Fiat gave Ferrari control over the car brand starting in the 1990s. But with Fiat merging with Chrysler to form Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in 2014, Maserati has come back under Fiat’s control, and Ferrari was pushed away in 2015 by an initial public offering (IPO) of Maserati’s stocks.
Despite being spun off, Ferrari continued to build engines for the Trident, including a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 for the Maserati Ghibli, 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 for the Maserati Quattroporte, and a 4.7-liter naturally-aspirated V8 for the Maserati GranTurismo.
Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri made the announcement during the brand’s first quarter earnings call.
“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,” Camilleri said.
Camilleri said that the cease and desist will happen sometime in 2021 or 2022, with no plans to supply any other car company beyond that.
With Ferrari’s decision, Maserati must now look for a new engine supplier for its growing lineup. Asked by automotive journalists about the situation, Maserati is yet to comment on the issue.