When the exported-from-Detroit
2013 Maserati Kubang goes on sale, it will become the very first Maserati model to carry a diesel engine. At least one V-8 gasoline engine will be offered as well, as that’s what most buyers will expect to see (and hear) beneath the hood.
As Maserati’s vice-president of product development, Roberto Corradi, told England’s What Car?
, a diesel engine option is seen as necessary to compete with rivals in the European Union.
Porsche’s Cayenne is offered up in a 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel variant in Europe (and soon, America
), and BMW recently announced M versions of its diesel X5 and X6
. Sadly, the BMW M diesel variants are restricted to the other side of the pond.
Corradi isn’t talking about which engines will grace the production Kubang, but he did point out that a diesel Maserati would likely have some objections to overcome. As with BMW’s latest M5
, the diesel Maserati Kubang
is expected to use the audio system to “enhance” the sound of the engine, tuning it to produce a more familiar sound.
We still can’t decide if “enhanced soundtrack” engines are a good thing or a bad thing, but we’re clear on one point: it requires a lot of technology too implement, and it doesn’t make the car go any faster.