Ferrari Will Stop Supplying Engines To Maserati From 2021-2022

Ferrari’s Q1 2019 earnings call on May 7 revealed some interesting information about the brand’s future moves, such as how the Prancing Horse will stop supplying engines to (former) sister brand Maserati.

You may recall that both brands were under the same FCA roof until 2015 when Ferrari was spun off from its parent company as part of an IPO.

Despite that, Ferrari has continued to build V6 and V8 engines for use in Maserati models such as the Ghibli, Quattroporte, Levante, GranTurismo and GranCabrio models. Pretty much the entire lineup, that is, but things are about to change.

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“Well, as you know, we have a contract. And as you know, Maserati has announced that at the end of that contract they will not renew it,” Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri said during the Q1 earnings call posted online by The Motley Fool. “So, 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.”

The Ferrari-built 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine on the Maserati Levante Trofeo

The executive said Ferrari will stop shipping engines in either 2021 or 2022. Beyond that point, the Maranello-based company has no intention of supplying engines to any other company.

Maserati has used Ferrari engines in its models since 2002 and the partnership continues to this day. Currently, Maserati uses a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8, and 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 power plants built by Ferrari.

It remains to be seen where Maserati will source its engines from after the contract with Ferrari ends. Obviously, it could develop its own engines or find another supplier — within FCA or outside the parent company. How does a Dodge-powered Maserati sound to you?

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  • europeon

    It’s Maserati that’s cutting out the ties with Ferrari, not the other way round.
    Please read the call transcript carefully.

    • Nik

      Why would they? Ferrari engine is the big reason why rich people buying Maserati

      • europeon

        Not really, Maserati has a strong heritage of its own.
        Ferrari supplying engines for Alfa and Maserati was a cost cutting measure, as both Maserati and Alfa are more than capable of making their own engines. It’s also kinda hard to make a good profit when half of your car is made by someone else.

        • paulgdeaton

          And, at one time, even for a Lancia 4-door sedan; remember the Thema with a huge Ferrari V-8 under the hood?

          • Matt

            It wasn’t actually a huge V8, being that it was only 2.9 liters. But it was an amazing car (called the Thema 8.32, for 8 cylinders and 32 valves).

          • paulgdeaton

            Size-wise, you are correct. Weight-wise, it was huge – at least, it felt huge, sitting over the front wheels of a FWD car…

    • Stephen G

      True that…but future Maserati owners will lose bragging rights of having a Ferrari under the hood. Seems like big shoes to fill.

  • europeon

    Well, as you know, we have a contract. And as you know, Maserati has announced that at the end of that contract they will not renew it. So, 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.

  • Javokhir_Sam

    Then there wouldn’t be the Ferrari of sedans anymore

  • Bash

    Dodge engines in Maserati and maybe few Maserati underpinnings in dodge cars. I like the sound of that.

    • SetNick

      Regular Hemis’ in the Alfa brand, SRT versions in the Maseratis. Dodge could get rid of the Merc chassis they use. Making Maserati the handling and chassis maker and dodge can bump up its engines programs. They really do make great engines. Yes I worked there, but they don’t sponsor my messages nor pay my income anymore.🤗

  • DaruniaG

    RIP Maserati

  • ChrisInIL

    Can anyone say “Maserati with a Hemi?”

    • Matt

      Terrible idea.

  • Kapi19

    Alfa and Maserati can now develop together V8 engine for both brands, and then use it for both as well

    • MonkeyRider

      but, do they have enough money to do that?
      Engine development for small volume market is not an easy task, even for big group.

      • SetNick

        V6 equipped vehicles is high now for the brand. Nobody is saying the obvious in that they will probably adopt some of the engine architecture from Ferrari. Just a thought..

  • Smith

    They will have to source from a current engine builder. With ICE heading for the scrap heap it would make no sense to spend hundreds of millions to set up a manufacturing and hundreds of millions more to design and develop an engine, for such low volume. Hope they choose a quality engine builder, a Dodge powered Maserati or Alfa Romeo means zero sales and total destruction of the brand equity. Ferrari will find it hard to keep producing those engines in the minute quantities they use alone, this sounds like a huge hit to their profits and not the good deal that they pretend it to be.

  • EyalN

    Dodge hellcat demon engine 🙂

  • Wandering_Spirit

    It’s a good thing if Maserati re-starts building its own engines. Especially with the know-how they got from Ferrari and the whole group’s experience in terms of high performance engines. Selling cars with Ferrari engines has pluses and minuses. The worst minus being that some could skip the knock-off of a Ferrari for the real thing despite the two brands sitting in different places. After all, it’s Maserati ceasing the purchase. Either because they have costs issues or because they think the baby can walk alone now. I’d take a wait and see attitude.

    • europeon

      It’s because of the costs. You can only have so much profit if you buy half the car from someone else, and those engines ARE literally half the car. 10-15% of Ferrari’s revenue come from the engines they sell to Maserati and Alfa. Before that idiot marchionne spun off Ferrari just to make some money for the investors, things were different, and it made sense for them to make the engines, but things changed and

      Maserati has a long tradition of good engineering and excellent 6-cylinder engines, and the Ferrari ownership really took the shine off, turning them into just “poor’s man Ferrari”.
      I hope they’ll find their own identity back when they server this toxic relation with Ferrari.

    • SteersUright

      I actually read somewhere that Ferrari simply doesn’t have the resources to worry about or produce engines and chassis (Alfa) for anyone else and found themselves needlessly distracted. They complained to upper management that Ferrari should be their sole focus and thus their participation towards the Alfa Giulia project was cutoff midway and now it appears, for Maserati as well.

      • Wandering_Spirit

        It makes sense as well. Thanks for adding up on this.

      • Eric Mathieu

        Maserati actually is the one ending the relationship. I personally think the whole thing is an attempt to get better pricing, but we will see. I’d personally love to see Maserati go back to designing their own engines again. That said, we love the Ferrari sourced engines in ours currently as well.

  • helloWorld

    don’t really see the problem. the blocks that Ferrari was using were pentastars. now they can get them directly from Chrysler’s plants. now FCA can put a hellephant engine in the Maserati’s. either way, it won’t matter, since it will still make money for EXOR. the parent company of FCA and Ferrari

    • SteersUright

      I don’t think the typical Maserati driver is looking for a hellcat V8. These Italian super sedans are exciting precisely because of their Italian hearts a la Ferrari.

      • helloWorld

        so they are looking for electrical problems?

        • Matt

          No, they want an Italian engine.

          • helloWorld

            exactly, electrical problems

    • europeon

      STOP with the BS false rumor that blocks are Penstastars.
      THIS IS NOT TRUE
      Some stupid journalist made some assumptions a few years ago before the engines were released and everybody took it for gospel. Really. The Chrysler-Pentastar link traces back to just one article making some speculations, dated a couple of years before new engines were even released.

      The only link with the Pentastar engines is that the blocks are cast in the same plant, because Ferrari’s foundry can’t keep up with the volumes.

  • Astonman

    Now that’s a pretty engine cover. Especially the main one.

  • SteersUright

    Goodbye Maserati. The Ferrari engine is the only thing owners of these ever point out to you, over and over again.

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