Rumors are surrounding the next Maserati GranTurismo and Quattroporte, suggesting that instead of the current 4.2 and 4.7-liter V-8s that those cars use, V-6 power is on the way.
Not just any V-6 power, but power from a version of Chrysler's Pentastar V-6. Inside Line is reporting that a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged version of the same V-6 found in cars like the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger will find its way into the Quattroporte and GranTurismo.
There isn't much else in the way of details, but we'd expect power numbers to be somewhat similar to current models, since it won't look good for Maserati to move backwards from a power standpoint.
This news isn't particularly surprising, given the marriage between Chrysler and Fiat, along with an industry shift toward smaller engines that can make similar power as larger ones, in order to save fuel. Ford has been the biggest proponent of that idea with its EcoBoost engines, and a move to a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 could mean that Maserati is following suit.
Purists may howl, but if these rumors are indeed true, Maserati likely has good reasons for the move.