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Those powerplants won’t be destined for vehicles with a prancing horse emblem on the grille, but instead will be used to power range-topping models from Maserati, Lancia and Alfa Romeo.
So says Italian blog Motori Online, which views the leaked information as good news. The investment is seen as strengthening Ferrari, as it represents roughly 17-percent of Ferrari’s turnover, and will likely result in the hiring of new employees.
Ferrari will reportedly focus on building a bi-turbo V-6 with as much as 450 horsepower, as well as a V-8 capable of over 500 horsepower. These engines will ultimately see duty in the next Maserati Quattroporte, Maserati Gran Turismo, a new flagship Alfa Romeo, a future range-topping Lancia and the upcoming Maserati Kubang SUV.
Ultimately, the move can be seen as streamlining by Fiat to reduce the number of engines manufactured by family companies (thus reducing production costs). The engines will be designed for performance, but with an eye towards fuel economy and emission compliance, both critical concerns for automakers these days.