Over the past few months Maserati has been teasing fans with ‘spy’ photos of their new little Italian sportscar; the MC20. Recently they’ve reignited that excitement (in case it died down a little bit) by releasing engine details about the Nettuno engine that is going to be used in the MC20.
What we now know is that it is not going to be a Ferrari engine. The Nettuni will be the first in-house engine Maserati has built in a very long time and to prepare for this, the factory has set up a new production line for it.
The engine is going to be a 3-litre, twin side mounted turbo, dry sump, 90 degree V6. Its compression ratio is 11:1 and it is capable of producing 621 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 730 Nm of torque from 3,000 rpm.
The engine has twin-spark plugs and a pre-chamber combustion system used in Formula One racing. There’s also a second, regular spark plug off to the side of each chamber assisting with complete combustion when the engine’s running slow and low. According to Maserati the dual direct/port injection system also helps reduce noise, emissions and fuel consumption in the lower rev range.
We’ll find out more about the MC20 when it’s unveiled on the 9th of September in Modena. Check out the video below where Maserati’s chief engineer talks about the Nettuno engine.