Ferrari says the new V6 has nothing in common with Maserati's 'Nettuno'
"Ferrari doesn't copy anybody or take over anything from others", said the company CTO's Michael Leiter
Ferrari and Maserati have shared engines before but the two brands aren't under the same umbrella anymore, and they haven't been for quite some time. Maserati used to be owned by FCA and is now part of the newly-formed group Stellantis, while Ferrari is a standalone brand.
The Maranello-based company is also famously fearsome when it comes to protecting its own brand and technology, and I guess that's the reason why Ferrari's Chief Technical Officer recently made it plain that the new Ferrari V6 - the one that powers the 296 GTB - has absolutely nothing in common with Maserati's V6, the so-called 'Nettuno'.
"Ferrari doesn't copy anybody or take over anything from others," said Leiter. "This stroke has been typical for Ferrari for years, and we didn't have the necessity to collaborate on something like that".
The MC20 is fitted with a 3.0-litre (3,000cc) V6 twin-turbocharged engine (dubbed 'Nettuno') that Maserati specifically designed for the mid-engined supercar, while the 296 GTB is powered by a 2992cc V6 twin-turbo with the same identical bore (88mm) and stroke (82mm) as the Nettuno but, according to Leiter, that's where the similarities begin and end.
Both brands proudly say they've specifically developed their engine for their respective car, and apart from the bore and stroke, everything else is different. The Maserati engine has a 90-degree bank angle whereas the Ferrari unit has a 120-degree layout. Furthermore, the GTB's V6 delivers 663 hp (without hybrid assistance), while the Nettuno 'only' puts out 630 hp.