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F1 tech boosts Maserati’s new V-6 to 621 hp

Maserati has confirmed the technical specifications of its in-house Nettuno engine. As we have previously reported, the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 will power the mid-engined MC20 supercar from September 2020.


The Nettuno engine is a traditional 90-degree V with dry sump, and delivers 621 hp at 7500 rpm and 538 lb ft of torque from 3000 rpm. So how does it achieve its impressive specific output of over 200 hp per liter?


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Nik Berg and Sr. Valentini both neglected to mention that a hard working pair of turbochargers are of course instrumental in the Nettuno engine's spectacular specific output.  And that Mahle's Jet Ignition system is rapidly spreading throughout the auto industry.  And that Honda's CVCC engines previewed Nettuno's dependable ignition approach 45-50 years ago.

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Maserati was certainly making V6s with 90 degrees between the banks in the '70s, so I guess they're traditional. They were doing it because they had a V8 production line, a number of cylinders for which a 90 degree V is actually desirable. What was the reasoning for this engine?  The Maserati Porous Star V6 applications are the smoother running 60 degree configuration. 

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