Every Maserati since 2002 has a Ferrari-built engine under its hood. It stems from Fiat handing over control of Maserati to Ferrari in the 1990s. But since then, Maserati has come back into Fiat Chrysler (FCA) control, and Ferrari was spun off in a 2015 IPO. Still, Ferrari has continued to build engines for Maserati, which include a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6, a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8, and a 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V-8. Those days are coming to an end, though.
The news came from Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri during the brand's 2019 first-quarter earnings call. Speaking to an analyst, according to , Camilleri confirmed that Maserati would not renew its contract with Ferrari for engines.
"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," Camilleri said.
Camilleri said revenues from Ferrari's engine business were down this quarter as a result of fewer sales to Maserati. He also said that while there's no definitive date for when Ferrari will stop supplying Maserati with engines, it'll likely be in 2021 or 2022. And once that happens, Camilleri said that Ferrari has no plans to supply engines to other automakers.
Without Ferrari, it's unclear who will supply engines to Maserati. Both of Maserati's current V-8s were designed by Ferrari, while its V-6 is an in-house design . We've reached out to a Maserati representative for more information on this, and we'll update when we hear back.
Maserati is in the midst of refreshing its current model lineup, with a new small SUV, Levante, Quattroporte and the Alfieri sports car all promised by 2022. Perhaps Maserati will use Alfa Romeo's 2.9-liter V-6, which, incidentally, is widely believed to be based on Ferrari's twin-turbo V-8.