Sometime last year, Maserati debuted its first in-house built engine in 20 years. Dubbed as the Nettuno, it features a host of technologies that make it truly cutting-edge.
The 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 utilizes dry sump technology, an F1-style pre-chamber combustion system, and twin spark ignition with a firing order of 1-6-3-4-2-5. All this, along with lightweight construction, results in a 630 bhp output and 538 lb-ft of torque.
Apart from all this technology, what makes this engine truly noteworthy is how Maserati builds it—with the utmost precision and attention to detail. For one, it is put together by some of the best, well-trained engineers in the business who aren’t just experts in their craft but are truly passionate about what they do.
Moreover, their attention to detail means that each engine that it is fitted into cars like the MC20 are tested for reliability and durability from the get-go. Unlike most manufacturers that employ cold testing that merely cranks the engine and calls it a day, each Maserati Nettuno engine goes through a warm test to ensure that it can hold its own under extreme conditions—which is what it will most likely be subjected to as drivers put these cars through their paces.
Yes, Maserati may no longer be reliant on Ferrari for its engines. Yet its Nettuno engine proves that it is well on its way to becoming a company that doesn’t just know a thing or two about engines but is truly passionate about making them among the best in the automotive landscape.